A relative higher index theorem, diffeomorphisms and positive scalar curvature Academic Article uri icon


  • We prove a general relative higher index theorem for complete manifolds with positive scalar curvature towards infinity. We apply this theorem to study Riemannian metrics of positive scalar curvature on manifolds. For every two metrics of positive scalar curvature on a closed manifold and a Galois cover of the manifold, we define a secondary higher index class. Non-vanishing of this higher index class is an obstruction for the two metrics to be in the same connected component of the space of metrics of positive scalar curvature. In the special case where one metric is induced from the other by a diffeomorphism of the manifold, we obtain a formula for computing this higher index class. In particular, it follows that the higher index class lies in the image of the Baum-Connes assembly map. 2013 Elsevier Inc.

published proceedings

  • Advances in Mathematics

author list (cited authors)

  • Xie, Z., & Yu, G.

citation count

  • 10

complete list of authors

  • Xie, Zhizhang||Yu, Guoliang

publication date

  • January 2014