We discuss the use of the family's index theorem in the study of gravitational anomalies. The geometrical framework required to apply the family's index theorem is presented and the relation to gravitational anomalies is discussed. We show how physics necessitates the introduction of the notion of local cohomology which is distinct from the ordinary topological cohomology. The recent results of Alvarez-Gaumé and Witten are derived by using the family's index theorem.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics