Event № 670
With every family of self-adjoint Fredholm operators on a Hilbert space one can associate an invariant reflecting the analytical and the spectral properties of the family. In the case of a one-parameter family, the corresponding invariant is integer-valued and is called the spectral flow. It can be defined as the net number of eigenvalues of the operaor passing through zero with the change of parameter. In the general case, for a family parameterized by points of a compact space $X$, the corresponding invariant takes values in the Abelian group $K^1(X)$ and is called the family index. I intend to give two talks concerning the computation of these invariants for families of self-adjoint elliptic boundary value problems on a compact surface. In the first talk I will explain how to compute the spectral flow using the topological data extracted from a given one-parameter family of boundary value problems. The talk is based on the preprint arXiv:1703.06105 (math.AP). In the second talk I will show how this result can be generalized to an arbitrary base space $X$.