Superconnections and index theory
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This document presents a systematic investigation of the geometric index theory of Dirac operators coupled superconnections. A local version of the index theorem for Dirac operators coupled to superconnection is proved, and extended to families. An [eta]-invariant is defined, and it is shown to satisfy an APS-like theorem. A geometric determinant line bundle with section, metric, and connection is associated to a family of Dirac operators coupled to superconnections, and its holonomy is calculated in terms of the [eta]-invariant.