The signature package on Witt spaces
Abstract
In this paper we prove a variety of results about the signature operator on Witt spaces. First, we give a parametrix construction for the signature operator on any compact, oriented, stratified pseudomanifold X which satisfies the Witt condition. This construction, which is inductive over the `depth' of the singularity, is then used to show that the signature operator is essentially selfadjoint and has discrete spectrum of finite multiplicity, so that its index  the analytic signature of X  is welldefined. This provides an alternate approach to some wellknown results due to Cheeger. We then prove some new results. By coupling this parametrix construction to a C*_r\GammaMishchenko bundle associated to any Galois covering of X with covering group \Gamma, we prove analogues of the same analytic results, from which it follows that one may define an analytic signature index class as an element of the Ktheory of C*_r\Gamma. We go on to establish in this setting and for this class the full range of conclusions which sometimes goes by the name of the signature package. In particular, we prove a new and purely topological theorem, asserting the stratified homotopy invariance of the higher signatures of X, defined through the homology Lclass of X, whenever the rational assembly map K_* (B\Gamma)\otimes\bbQ \to K_*(C*_r \Gamma)\otimes \bbQ is injective.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 December 2011
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1112.0989
 Bibcode:
 2011arXiv1112.0989A
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Differential Geometry;
 Mathematics  KTheory and Homology;
 58J20;
 58A35;
 19K56
 EPrint:
 Amalgam and replacement of arXiv:0906.1568 and arXiv:0911.0888 with minor corrections