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Fundamental class in K-theory and orientability

In ordinary homology, the classical results give the following situation: for a compact, connected, topological manifold $M$ of dimension $n$ we have, for each ring $R$, that $H_n(M,M \setminus ...
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Which groups may be obtained as $K$-homology groups?

Recently I asked the following question, about the separability of the underlying $C^*$-algebra in the definition of $K$-homology: mathoverflow.net/questions/181361 As far as I understood, ...
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Preimage of $1 \in H^n(M^n)$ under Chern character

Let $M$ be a closed, oriented manifold of dimension $n$. We know that the Chern character induces an isomorphism $K^\ast(M) \otimes \mathbb{Q} \cong H^\ast(M; \mathbb{Q})$ and now I was wondering how ...
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Chern Character Isomorphism for non-finite CW complexes, resp. for non-CW complexes

This is a question I asked at Math.SE but got no answers: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/397164/7110/ Atiyah and Hirzebruch showed in their paper "Vector bundles and homogeneous spaces" that ...
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Is there any “deep” relation between the localization theorem of equivariant cohomology and the localization theorem of equivariant K-theory

First let's consider equivariant cohomology: if a compact Lie group $G$ acts on a compact manifold $M$. We have the equivariant cohomology $ H_G(M)$ defined as the cohomology of the cochain complex ...
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The Mayer-Viertoris exact sequence as a (Zariski) descent spectral sequence.

For certain 'spaces' $U,V$ (they are certain Henselizations of subvarieties) I would like to compute (certain etale) cohomology of $U\cup V$ in terms of the corresponding cohomology of the diagram ...
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Is there a good definition of (topological) K-Theory over arbitrary spaces?

Hi (this is my very first question here, so please don't hurt me...) for some time now i've been looking for a sufficiently aesthetical definition of (topological) K-theory of arbitrary spaces, yet ...
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Is every homology theory given by a spectrum?

Let $E$ be a spectrum. For any CW complex $X$, define $h_*=\pi_i(E\wedge X)$. Then we know that $h_*$ form a homology theory. In other words, there functors satisfy the homotopy invariance, maps a ...
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index of a family of Dirac operators in $K^1$

Suppose I have a family of Dirac operators over a compact base space B. From the paper of Atiyah and Singer about skew adjoint Fredholm operators we know that it has an index in $K^1(B)$. Suppose ...
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Does a “Chern character” exist for any generalized cohomology theory?

The Chern character is a ring homomorphism from the complex K-theory to the usual cohomology. 1) I wonder if there are "Chern character"-like ring homomorphisms from other generalized cohomology ...
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Explanation for the Chern character

The Chern character is often seen as just being a convenient way to get a ring homomorphism from K-theory to (ordinary) cohomology. The most usual definition in that case seems to just be to define ...
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What is known about K-theory and K-homology groups of (free) loop spaces?

Calculating the homology of the loop space and the free loop space is reasonably doable. There exists the Serre spectral sequence linking the homology of the loop space and the homology of the free ...
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Commutativity in K-theory and cohomology

The Chern classes give a map f:BU \to \prod_n K(Z,2n), which is a rational equivalence. However, it is not an equivalence over Z because the cohomology of BU is just a polynomial algebra and has no ...