Noncommutative Geometry and Compact Metric Spaces

Dissertation Defense
Monday, May 3, 2010 - 11:00am for 2 hours
Skiles 255
Ian Palmer – Georgia Tech –
Ian Palmer
A construction is given for which the Hausdorff measure and dimension of an arbitrary abstract compact metric space (X, d) can be encoded in a spectral triple. By introducing the concept of resolving sequence of open covers, conditions are given under which the topology, metric, and Hausdorff measure can be recovered from a spectral triple dependent on such a sequence. The construction holds for arbitrary compact metric spaces, generalizing previous results for fractals, as well as the original setting of manifolds, and also holds when Hausdorff and box dimensions differ—in particular, it does not depend on any self-similarity or regularity conditions on the space or an embedding in an ambient space. The only restriction on the space is that it have positive s-dimensional Hausdorff measure, where s is the Hausdorff dimension of the space, assumed to be finite.