Journal of Noncommutative Geometry


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Volume 13, Issue 2, 2019, pp. 407–472
DOI: 10.4171/JNCG/331

Published online: 2019-07-17

Boundaries, spectral triples and $K$-homology

Iain Forsyth[1], Magnus Goffeng[2], Bram Mesland[3] and Adam Rennie[4]

(1) Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
(2) Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, Sweden
(3) Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
(4) University of Wollongong, Australia

This paper extends the notion of a spectral triple to a relative spectral triple, an unbounded analogue of a relative Fredholm module for an ideal $J\triangleleft A$. Examples include manifolds with boundary, manifolds with conical singularities, dimension drop algebras, $\theta$-deformations and Cuntz–Pimsner algebras of vector bundles.

The bounded transform of a relative spectral triple is a relative Fredholm module, making the image of a relative spectral triple under the boundary mapping in $K$-homology easy to compute. We introduce an additional operator called a Clifford normal with which a relative spectral triple can be doubled into a spectral triple.

The Clifford normal also provides a boundary Hilbert space, a representation of the quotient algebra, a boundary Dirac operator and an analogue of the Calderon projection. In the examples this data does assemble to give a boundary spectral triple, though we can not prove this in general.

When we do obtain a boundary spectral triple, we provide sufficient conditions for the boundary triple to represent the $K$-homological boundary. Thus we abstract the proof of Baum–Douglas–Taylor's "boundary of Dirac is Dirac on the boundary" theorem into the realm of non-commutative geometry.

Keywords: Spectral triple, manifold-with-boundary, $K$-homology

Forsyth Iain, Goffeng Magnus, Mesland Bram, Rennie Adam: Boundaries, spectral triples and $K$-homology. J. Noncommut. Geom. 13 (2019), 407-472. doi: 10.4171/JNCG/331