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KK-theory and spectral flow in von Neumann algebras

Kaad, J; Nest, Ryszard; Rennie, Adam


We present a definition of spectral flow for any norm closed ideal J in any von Neumann algebra N. Given a path of selfadjoint operators in N which are invertible in N/J, the spectral flow produces a class in Ko (J). Given a semifinite spectral triple (A, H, D) relative to (N, τ) with A separable, we construct a class [D] ∈ KK1 (A, K(N)). For a unitary u ∈ A, the von Neumann spectral flow between D and u*Du is equal to the Kasparov product [u] A[D], and is simply related to the numerical...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of K-Theory
DOI: 10.1017/is012003003jkt185


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