Algebraic and topological K-theory, relations with topology, commutative algebra, and operator algebras

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Projective modules over noncommutative tori?

It is a theorem of Rieffel that for any simple noncommutative tori ($\mathcal{A}$) of dimension $n$, every projective module over it is isomorphic to direct sum of $\mathcal{S}(M)$, Schwartz class ...
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Could one recover the relative K-theory from the quotient derived category?

Let $A\to B$ be a full embedding of exact categories that induces an embedding $D^b(A)\to D^b(B)$. My question is: what can one say about the relation of the homotopy cofibre $K(A)\to K(B)$ (the ...
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K-theory of ringed spaces (including henselian and formal schemes); excision and Mayer-Vietoris

Given a ringed topological space $S$ one can easily define its K and K'-theory as the K-theories of the categories of locally free sheaves and of the category of coherent sheaves on it, respectively. ...
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(Non trivial) coidempotents(Co-$K$-theory)

I was interested to know about coalgebraic version of "Idempotents". So I seached the web and I found the following interesting post : ...
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Comparison of K-groups of (affine) singular schemes with K'=G-groups

It is well known that Quillen K-theory coincides with $K'=G$-theory for regular schemes, and can be distinct from it for singular ones. Are there any methods for studying this distinctions? In ...
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Semiring of vector bundles on $\mathbb{C}\mathbb{P}^1$

Consider the semiring $$\mathbb{N}[H,H^{-1}]/(H^p+H^q = H^{p+q}+1)_{p,q \in \mathbb{Z}}.$$ Is it finitely presentable? Is there any simplification of the relations (except for $p \geq q \geq 0$)? ...
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Can eta invariant be written in terms of topological data?

The eta invariant was introduced by Atiyah, Patodi, and Singer. It roughly measures the asymmetry of the spectrum of a self-adjoint elliptic operator with respect to the origin. In ...
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Heller operator without left adjoint?

Suppose given a noetherian ring $R$. On the stable category $R\text{-}\underline{\text{mod}} := R\text{-mod}/R\text{-proj}$, we have the Heller operator $$ \Omega : R\text{-}\underline{\text{mod}} ...
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K-theory of ultrapowers

It may well be a trivial question but I was wondering if there is any relation between $K$-groups and ultrapowers of $C^*$-algebras. For instance, if $A$ is a $C^*$-algebra does $K_0(A^U)$ depend on ...
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Explicit path in the unitary group of a $C^*$-algebra

For $G$ a discrete group, there is a canonical inclusion $g\mapsto u_g$ of $G$ into the unitary group of the reduced $C^*$-algebra $C^*_r(G)$. Denote by $[u_g]$ the class of $u_g$ in the (topological) ...
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Definition of a cylinder functor in Waldhausen's K-theory

In Waldhausen's Algebraic K-Theory of Spaces, he defines a cylinder functor on a category $\mathcal C$ with cofibrations and weak equivalences (henceforth called a Waldhausen category) as the ...
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What is the equivariant cohomology of a group acting on itself by conjugation?

This question makes sense for any topological group $G$, but I'd particularly like to know the answer for $G$ a compact, connected Lie group. $G$ acts on itself by conjugation. One has the ...
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Easy way to define positive higher K groups?

I find in my books it is given by Bott periodicity, but this is not direct and Bott periodicity is not easy. Is there an easy and direct way to define $K^n(X)$, like $K^{-n}(X)$? I just start to learn ...
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(Reduced) cyclic homology of a free product of unital algebras

Shameless upfloat of 1-year old question - the motivation is that in general the corresponding Banach version is false, so I am trying to see where the proof breaks down, and what (if anything) can be ...
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What is to tmf as KR is to KO?

The $E_\infty$-ring spectrum $KU$ of complex K-theory carries a canonical involution induced from complex conjugation of complex vector bundles. The homotopy fixed points of this $\mathbb{Z}_2$-action ...
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Equivalent fomulations of Bott periodicity

Is there an easy way to see the equivalence of the two statements of Bott periodicity. $$BU \times \mathbb{Z} \simeq \Omega^2BU$$ and $$K(X)\otimes K(S^2) \cong K(X\times S^2)$$
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What is the Atiyah-Bott-Shapiro map for a bundle of *complex* quadratic forms?

In order to ask the question in the title more precisely, let me recall some standard stuff introduced in [1; Atiyah, Bott, Shapiro]. Suppose $X$ is a compact CW complex and $V \to X$ is an oriented ...
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Proofs of Bott periodicity

K-theory sits in an intersection of a whole bunch of different fields, which has resulted in a huge variety of proof techniques for its basic results. For instance, here's a scattering of proofs of ...
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A generalized K- theory via generalized idempotents

Edit After the answer by Neil Strickland, I add the word "a ring" in this new version. In the literature, there is a concept of generalized idempotent: an n- idempotent is an element $a$ of a Banach ...
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Continuity of l-adic cohomology: is the cohomology of the generic point isomorphic to the completion of the limit of cohomology of open subvarieties?

Let $X$ be a variety over an algebraically closed field $k$. Denote by $\eta$ its generic point; it is the inverse limit of the open subvarieties $X_i$ of $X$. It is well known that the etale ...
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Lie Algebraic topological K theory

Edit According to the comments of Sasha Anan'in and Alex Degtyarev, I revise the question: Let $L$ be a Lie algebra structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. Assume that $E$ is a vector bundle on a topological ...
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Integration from vector bundles

Let $(E,M,p)$ be a smooth n dimensional vector bundle. Then $(TE,TM,Dp)$ is a 2n dimensional vector bundle. We restrict this bundle to $M\subset TM$. We denote this restricted bundle by $F$, as a ...
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Equivariant algebraic K-theory of affine space

Unlike algebraic K-theory, equivariant K-theory of affine space (over a field $k$) can be quite nontrivial, depending on the action of the group in question. For example, if one takes the standard ...
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Totally non parallelizable manifold

Does there exist a manifold M which all iterated tangent bundles are non parallelizable manifolds? That is$ M, TM , T^2(M), \ldots ,T^n(M)\ldots$ are non parallelizable manifold? What is ...
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Looking for an introduction to orbifolds

Is there any source where the basic facts about orbifolds are written and proved in full detail? I found the article by Satake "The Gauss-Bonnet Theorem for V-manifolds", but I'd like to have a more ...
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Relative Gersten resolution for a flat projective morphism

I am reading two papers by Daniel Grayson: "Localization for flat modules in algebraic K-theory" and "Algebraic cycles and algebraic K-theory" and I am wondering if any recent advances in K-theory ...
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What sort of ring-theoretic properties does the representation ring of a compact Lie group possess?

Recall the definition of the representation ring $R(G)$ of a compact Lie group $G$. I'd like a reference that gives me basic ring-theoretic properties that $R(G)$ always has, or enough info that I can ...
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Adams' theorems on the Hopf-Whitehead J-homomorphism

The J-homomorphism is a well-known and classical map $\pi_n (O(k)) \to \pi_{n+k} (S^k)$, or after stabilizing with respect to $k$, a map $J_n:\pi_n (O) \to \pi_{n}^{st}$, from the stable homotopy of ...
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Taking direct sums in $K$-theory in Kirchberg-Phillips classification

A theorem by Kirchberg and Phillips states that two unital separable nuclear simple purely infinite $C^*$-algebras (so called Kirchberg algebras) are isomorphic if and only if their topological ...
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A Question About the Elliott-Natsume-Nest Proof of Bott Periodicity

In Wegge-Olsen’s book K-Theory and C$ ^{*} $-Algebras, there is an outline of a proof of Bott Periodicity (the proof is due to George Elliott, Toshikazu Natsume and Ryszard Nest). The first step of ...
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Applications of Atiyah-Singer using pseudodifferential operators

Though the Atiyah-Singer index theorem holds for pseudodifferential operators, all the applications of the index theorem I know of only need it for Dirac-type operators. I know that pseudodifferential ...
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The right (not the left 'Suslin complex' one) adjoint to the embedding of $ DM^{eff} $ into $D(ShvTr) $?

Inside the derived category of Nisnevich sheaves with transfers there is the category $DM^{eff} $ of Voevodsky's effective motivic complexes (actually, Voevodsky only considered bounded above ...
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Le Gall's equivariant KK-theory and twisted equivariant KK-theory

I am starting to study Le Gall's equivariant KK-theory and twisted equivariant KK-theory. Does anyone knows a good reference on this subject? By the way, I can not access to Journal of K-theory and ...
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Shapiro's Lemma for topological K-theory of groups

Chabert, Echterhoff and Oyono-Oyono proved in [Shapiro's Lemma for topological K-theory of groups] that $K^{top}_*(X\rtimes G;A)\cong K^{top}_*(G;A)$ for any $X\rtimes G$-algebra $A$. They claimed ...
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Who named it the Snake Lemma?

What is the history behind the colorful name of this result? Cartan-Eilenberg states it without any particular fanfare.
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Comparison of products in Quillen and Waldhausen K-theory

I'm relatively new to algebraic K-theory and stumbled upon the following question. I would be very glad If someone could provide a reference to an answer or a short argument. We are given an exact ...
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Where do all these projection formulas come from?

I have been intrigued for a long time by the formal similarity of results from different areas of mathematics. Here are some examples. Set theory Given a map $f:X\to Y$ and subsets $X' \subset X, ...
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Regarding the Gerstenhaber bracket on Hochschild cohomology and Morita equivalence

Associated to any $A_\infty$ $k$-algebra $A$ the Hochschild cochain complex $CH^*(A)$ has the structure of a dg-Lie algebra and a dg-algebra which are compatible enough that the cohomology is a ...
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Is the $K$-Theory of $\mathbb{P}X$ a $\lambda$-Ring?

If we let $\mathbb{P}X$ denote the free commutative algebra generated by the spectrum $X$, then we have a weak equivalence $$ \mathbb{P}X\simeq \bigvee_r E\Sigma_{r+}\wedge_{\Sigma_r}X^{\wedge r}. $$ ...
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K-Exactness for groups and C*-algebras

We say that a C*-algebra $A$ is K-exact, if for any exact sequence of C*-algebras $0\rightarrow I\rightarrow B\rightarrow B/I\rightarrow0$, the sequences $K_i(I\otimes_{min}A)\rightarrow ...
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Lambda-operations on stable homotopy groups of spheres

The Barratt-Quillen-Priddy theorem says in one interpretation that there is a weak equivalence of spectra $K(FinSet) \simeq \mathbb{S}^0$. In other words K-theory groups of finite sets are the stable ...
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Replacing commutative C*-algebras by simple ones

I am looking for functorial ways of replacing a commutative $C^*$-algebra $C$ by a simple one, say $A$ , such that the $K$-theory remains unchanged, i.e. $K_*(C) \cong K_*(A)$. I am particularly ...
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Representation ring and induced representation

Let $i:H \to G$ be a homomorphism of compact Lie groups. The induced representation $\iota_*V := \mathrm{Map}^H(G,V)$ of an $H$-representation $V$ does not give an element of the representation ring ...
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Lifting triangles in K-theory to KL-groups

Let $X$ and $Y$ be finite simplicial complexes (or $CW$-complexes) so that $Y\subseteq X$. Let $s\colon C(X)\to C(Y)$ be the map given by restriction. In particular $K_{*}(C(X))$ and $K_{*}(C(Y))$ are ...
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H-flux by any other name

There are more than a few papers referring to H-flux and/or H-twist etc. Is there anywhere a survey relating these variants?
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On closed model categories: standard arguments and fibrantly cogenerated categories

Some not very clever questions on closed model categories. For a (left or right) Quillen functor $F:C\to D$ what arguments does one usually use for proving that $Ho F$ is fully faithful when ...
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Yoneda embeddings of stable model categories; composition with Bousfield localizations

For a stable model category $C$ and a set $M$ of object of it I would like to construct a natural functor from $C$ to some stable 'category of functors' on $M$. I suspect that the 'natural' question ...
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Is the generation of rings by their units a question in K-theory?

Susan's question When can number rings be spanned (as $\mathbb{Z}$-modules) by units? smells like an algebraic K-theory question in disguise. I'll reformulate the question first: Given an integral ...
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filtration in K-theory and ordinary cohomology

I am going to ask a question, which could be a stupid one. I am reading a paper "an index theorem in differential K-theory". The first paragraph of section 8.28 recalls a filtration of K-theory ...
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What does the moduli stack of G-torsors over the multiplicative group look like?

I am an algebraic topologist and am trying to understand some computations related to p-adic complex K-theory and equivariant K-theory. However this has led me into the world of algebraic geometry ...