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

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Multiplicativity of the analytic index (or of kernel bundle)

What I want to ask is the multiplicativity of the analytic index of a family of Dirac operators. In the single operator case the analytic index of elliptic operator is multiplicative. This is proved ...
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Baum Connes Conjecture [closed]

I have recently decided on a topic for my master thesis. I want to compare the Baum Connes conjecture as it is formulated in topology to the conjecture as it is formulated in functional analysis. I ...
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commutativity of a diagram in cohomology of $C^*$-algebras

The setting is the same as in my last question commutative diagram with $K_{i+1}(A)\to K_i(A\rtimes_{\rho} \mathbb{R})$ (for $C^*$-algebras) : Let $A$ be in the bootstrap category (=N in the other ...
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When do non-exact functors induce morphisms on $K$-theory?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ be Waldhausen or exact categories, so that we can take the $K$-theory spectrum of $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$. An exact functor $F: \mathcal{A} \to \mathcal{B}$ ...
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What does it tell us, if we know a unital C*-algebra has approximately inner (half-)flip?

This is a somewhat vague question, but I think it is not too open-ended and should admit well-circumscribed answers by specialists in operator algebras.$\newcommand{\Cst}{{\rm C}^*}$ It arises from ...
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commutative diagram with $K_{i+1}(A)\to K_i(A\rtimes_{\rho} \mathbb{R})$ (for $C^*$-algebras)

I have a question about a proof in Rosenberg and Schochet's paper "the Künneth theorem and the Universal Coefficient Theorem for Kasparov's generalized K-functor", proposition 2.6. First of all, the ...
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bootstrap class ($C^*$-algebras): comparison of two definitions

I want to clarify the relationship between two (at first sight) different definitions of the bootstrap class for $C^*$-algebras, in order to understand which $C^*$-algebras satisfy the universal ...
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Simplest example of failure of finite Galois descent in algebraic $K$-theory?

Let $E \to F$ be a $G$-Galois extension of fields. What is the simplest example where the natural map $K(E) \to K(F)^{hG}$ is not an equivalence on connective covers (i.e., where finite Galois ...
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Aityah-Patodi-Singer theorem in odd dimensions and Maslov triple indices

Let $W$ be a compact manifold with boundary and $D^W$ a graded Dirac type operator on $W$, of product type near the boundary acting on a vector bundle $E\to W$. One obtains a graded Fredholm operator $...
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K theory for pre $C^*$-algebras

In noncommutative geometry when one want to go to the differentiable level, one is forced to work with algebras which are no longer $C^*$. It is nice if we don't loose much information by the ...
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Characteristic classes for odd $K$-theory

There are different models of odd $K$-theory. In one case, one takes the group $U=\lim\limits_{\longrightarrow}U(n)$ as classifying space. Similarly, if $\mathcal U$ denotes the unitary group of a ...
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On K-theory of blow-ups of compact complex manifolds

Is there a long exact sequence for the K-theory of (coherent sheaves on) blow-ups of compact complex manifolds? Does it split? What can one say on (possibly, singular) complex analytic spaces here? ...
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Simplest explicit counterexample for $Vect(BG) \ne Rep(G)$ as monoids

Let $G$ be a topological group, $Vect(BG)$ the monoid of complex vector bundles over its classifying space (not the stack!) and $Rep(G)$ its monoid of complex representations. Generally $Vect(BG) \ne ...
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Swan K-theory of Z/4

Given a finite group $G$ and a commutative ring $R$, define the Swan $K$-theory $K_0(G, R)$ to be the Grothendieck group of the category finitely generated projective $R$-modules with $G$-action (with ...
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(Topological) K-theory for commutative $C^*$-algebras: operator and standard approaches

Let $A$ be a commutative unital $C^*$ algebra. Then $A=C(X)$ for some compact Hausdorff space $X$. Topological $K$-theory group (namely $K_0$) is defined in terms of vector bundles as a Grothendieck ...
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Algebraic $K_1$ group for a $C^*$-algebra

Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra: then one defines topological $K_1$ group as $GL_{\infty}(A^+)/\Big(GL_{\infty}(A^+)\Big)_0$ where $A^+$ denotes $A$ with the unit adjointed (even if $A$ already had a unit: ...
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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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Atiyah-Patodi-Singer Eta invariant and Chern-Simons form

I am trying to understand the Atiyah-Patodi-Singer index theorem in the case of Dirac operators in four dimensions. I have three questions about the eta invariant: 1) Is eta a topological invariant (...
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Is this a model for $K$-theory of a triangulated category?

The recent question Complete the following sequence: point, triangle, octahedron, . . . in a dg-category reminded me of something I wanted to clarify long time ago; most likely this is now well known ...
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K theory as the fundamental group

There are several ways in which one can define $K$-theory for $C^*$-algebras: for $K_0(A)$ group two aproaches: algebraic (using idempotents) and topological (using projections, i.e. self-adjoint ...
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(Geometric) Proof for the projective bundle formula in K-theory

I'm trying to piece together a proof of the projective bundle formula from several incomplete sources. Here's the statement I'd like to prove: Projective bundle formula: Let $\pi: E \to X$ be a ...
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H-space structures on non-sphere suspensions?

It is well known that $S^n$ admits an H-space structure if and only if $n=0,1,3,7$. I'm interested in whether there are other suspensions $\Sigma X$ that admit H-space structures: Question 1 For ...
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How do you relate the number of independent vector fields on spheres and Bott Periodicity for real K-Theory?

The theory of Clifford algebras gives us an explicit lower bound for the number of linearly independent vector fields on the $n$-sphere, and Adams proved that this is actually always the best possible:...
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Closed formulas for topological K-theory?

Let $X$ be a compact manifold. I'm interested in whether any of the following cases admits a general closed formula for (complex)-$K$-theory. Let $E$ be a complex vector bundle with a given line ...
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Waldhausen's regular coherent groups: torsionfree non-examples and behaviour under taking products?

Waldhausen defined a group $G$ to be regular coherent, if for all regular noetherian rings $R$ the group algebra $RG$ is regular coherent. (see Waldhausen - Algebraic $K$-Theory of generalized free ...
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What kind of K-theory is this?

Suppose I have a triangulated category $T$, say the category of modules over a dg or $A_\infty$-algebra. Let me write $GL(T)$ for the groupoid whose objects are all finite collections of generators ...
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K-theory of non-compact spaces

This is a question on nomenclature of $K$-theory in the topological category. The $K$-theory of a compact space $X$ is defined as the Grothendieck group of the vectorbundles on $X$. The Atiyah-Jänich ...
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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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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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isomorphism of Chern character in kk-theory

Suppose we work with Fréchet algebras. Cuntz defined kk-theory for those algebras and hence we have the notions of K-theory and K-homology for those algebras. Now suppose Chern character is ...
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Isomorphism classes of differential rank $k$ vectors bundles over $S^q$ [closed]

Could anybody provide a motivated sketch of why the isomorphism classes of the differentiable rank $k$ real vector bundles over the sphere $S^q$ are given by$$\text{Vect}_k(S^q) \simeq \pi_{q - 1}(\...
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Atiyah-Singer index theorem, pairing between K-homology and K-theory and Chern character

There is a general (abstract) index theorem in noncommutative geometry: you take a K-theory class and K-homology class (which is represented by a triple $(A,H,F)$) and you pair them together. This ...
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Atiyah-Singer theorem-a big picture

So far I made several attempts to really learn Atiyah-Singer theorem. In order to really understand this result rather broad background is required: you need to know analysis (pseudodifferential ...
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a question about Bockstein spectral sequence

I find the following theorem for Bockstein spectral sequence at http://pages.vassar.edu/mccleary/files/2011/04/MC10.fin_.pdf, page 459: Question. for a fixed $k$, if $\beta$ does not hit $H_k(X;\...
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A functor on the category of rings, algebras or compact Hausdorff topological space

Assume that $R$ is a unital ring or a complex or real (Banach or $C^{*}$) algebra. We define a relation $M$ on $R$ as follows: $$a\;M b \;\;\; \text{iff}\;\; a=xy,\;b=yx \;\; \text{for ...
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Generators of the $ K_{0} $-group of the non-commutative torus $ A_{\theta} $ with $ \theta \in \mathbb{Q} $ (i.e. rational rotation algebra)

I am studying the non-commutative torus $ A_{\theta} $. When $ \theta $ is irrational, $ {K_{0}}(A_{\theta}) $ is generated by $ [1] $ and $ [p_{\theta}] $. (Note: $ p_{\theta} $ is a projection in $...
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Generators K-theory of Cuntz algebras

The Cuntz algebra $O_n$ is the C*-algebra generated by n isometries $S_1$, ..., $S_n$ such that $S_i^* S_j=\delta_{i,j}$ and $\sum_{i=1}^nS_iS_i^*=1$. Cuntz proved that this algebra has the following ...
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Murray–von Neumann equivalence on C$^*$-algebra and von Neumann algebra

Let $H$ be a separable infinite dimensional Hilbert space, $M \subset B(H)$ a von Neumann algebra and $A \subset M$ a separable $C^*$-algebra such that $A''=M$. Let $p,q \in M_{\infty}(A)$ be (...
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$K$-Theory of finite dimensional Banach algebras

Is there a finite dimensional Banach algebra $A$ for which $K_{0}(A)$ is a finite group? I asked this question in MSE but I received no answer http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1624250/...
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$K$ theory and singular cohomology

For cell complexes${}^1$ $X$ we have an isomorphism $$ K^*(X)\otimes \mathbb{Q}\cong H^{*}(X;\mathbb{Q}), $$ which is induced by the Chern character. What is the analogous statement for $KO(X)$? $...
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Intuition/idea behind a proof of the splitting principle?

The splitting principle is as follows. Given a vector bundle $E \to X$ with $X$ compact Hausdorff, there is a compact Hausdorff space $F(E)$ and a map $p: F(E) \to X$ such that the induced map $p^*...
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Textbook or lecture notes in topological K-Theory

I am looking for a good introductory level textbook (or set of lecture notes) on classical topological K-Theory that would be suitable for a one-semester graduate course. Ideally, it would require ...
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Milnor's model of $EG$ and Kac-Moody groups

I am working with non-compact Kac-Moody groups $\mathcal{K}$. We can use Milnor's join model for $E\mathcal{K}=\varinjlim \mathcal{K}^{*n}$, where $\mathcal{K}^{*n}$ is the iterated join (see page 20 ...
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What is the “quaternionic” super Brauer group?

In addition to the two reasonably well-known categories $\mathrm{SuperVect}_{\mathbb R}$ and $\mathrm{SuperVect}_{\mathbb C}$ of real and complex super vector spaces, each of which is monoidally ...
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Index of a family of operators

In the usual setting of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem the situation is as follows: we have a closed smooth manifold $M$ without boundary and $D$ is some elliptic differential operator acting on ...
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Topology of categories, very basic facts surrounding Quillen's Higher Algebraic K-Theory I

In his paper Higher Algebraic K-Theory I (see [here][1]), Quillen introduces a topological space $BC$, called the classifying space of $C$, and tries to relate its topology to the categorical ...
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A (possible) equivalent relation on the space of vector bundles

Edit: According to the essential comment of Alex Degtyarev, we revise the question as follows; Assume that $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are two oriention preserving automorphism of Lie groups $O(n)$ and $...
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self-Whitney sum of the canonical vector bundle on Grassmannians

Let $G_{k}(\mathbb{R}^N)$ be the Grassmannian manifold consisting of $k$-subspaces in $\mathbb{R}^N$. There is a canonical $k$-dimensional vector bundle $$ \gamma_{k,N}: \mathbb{R}^k\longrightarrow E(...
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Good references for K-theory of modular curves?

The title says it. I am looking for a good exposition on the K-theory of the curves $X_{i}(N)$, $Y_{i}(N)$, where $i\in\{0,1\}$. I have some background in $K$-theory and also some background in ...
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Relative Characteristic classes

A pair of vector bundles over a base space $X$ is a pair $(E,F)$ where $E$ is a vector bundle over $X$ and $F$ is a sub-bundle of $E$. Two pairs $(E_{1},F_{1})$ and $(E_{2}, F_{2})$ are ...