Witten deformation of the analytic torsion and the spectral sequence of a filtration
Abstract
Let F be a flat vector bundle over a compact Riemannian manifold M and let f be a Morse function. Let g be a smooth Euclidean metric on F, let g_t=e^{2tf}g and let \rho(t) be the RaySinger analytic torsion of F associated to the metric g_t. Assuming that the vector field grad(f) satisfies the MorseSmale transversality conditions, we provide an asymptotic expansion for \log(\rho(t)) for t\to +\infty of the form a_0+a_1t+b\log\left(\frac t\pi\right)+o(1), where the coefficient b is a halfinteger depending only on the Betti numbers of F. In the case where all the critical values of f are rational, we calculate the coefficients a_0 and a_1 explicitly in terms of the spectral sequence of a filtration associated to the Morse function. These results are obtained as an applications of a theorem by Bismut and Zhang.
 Publication:

eprint arXiv:dgga/941101
 Pub Date:
 November 1994
 arXiv:
 arXiv:dgga/9411013
 Bibcode:
 1994dg.ga....11013B
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Differential Geometry;
 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 23 pages