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1. CJM 2012 (vol 65 pp. 331)

Kadets, Vladimir; Martín, Miguel; Merí, Javier; Werner, Dirk
Lushness, Numerical Index 1 and the Daugavet Property in Rearrangement Invariant Spaces
We show that for spaces with 1-unconditional bases lushness, the alternative Daugavet property and numerical index 1 are equivalent. In the class of rearrangement invariant (r.i.) sequence spaces the only examples of spaces with these properties are $c_0$, $\ell_1$ and $\ell_\infty$. The only lush r.i. separable function space on $[0,1]$ is $L_1[0,1]$; the same space is the only r.i. separable function space on $[0,1]$ with the Daugavet property over the reals.

Keywords:lush space, numerical index, Daugavet property, Köthe space, rearrangement invariant space
Categories:46B04, 46E30

2. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 695)

Carey, A.; Farber, M.; Mathai, V.
Correspondences, von Neumann Algebras and Holomorphic $L^2$ Torsion
Given a holomorphic Hilbertian bundle on a compact complex manifold, we introduce the notion of holomorphic $L^2$ torsion, which lies in the determinant line of the twisted $L^2$ Dolbeault cohomology and represents a volume element there. Here we utilise the theory of determinant lines of Hilbertian modules over finite von~Neumann algebras as developed in \cite{CFM}. This specialises to the Ray-Singer-Quillen holomorphic torsion in the finite dimensional case. We compute a metric variation formula for the holomorphic $L^2$ torsion, which shows that it is {\it not\/} in general independent of the choice of Hermitian metrics on the complex manifold and on the holomorphic Hilbertian bundle, which are needed to define it. We therefore initiate the theory of correspondences of determinant lines, that enables us to define a relative holomorphic $L^2$ torsion for a pair of flat Hilbertian bundles, which we prove is independent of the choice of Hermitian metrics on the complex manifold and on the flat Hilbertian bundles.

Keywords:holomorphic $L^2$ torsion, correspondences, local index theorem, almost Kähler manifolds, von~Neumann algebras, determinant lines
Categories:58J52, 58J35, 58J20

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