Title: Homotopy theory of C*-algebras
Author: Paul Arne Østvær
E-mail address: paularne@math.uio.no
MSC classes: 46L99; 55P99
Abstract:
In this work we construct from ground up a homotopy theory of C*-algebras.
This is achieved in parallel with the development of classical homotopy theory
by first introducing an unstable model structure and second a stable model structure.
The theory makes use of a full fledged import of homotopy theoretic techniques into
the subject of C*-algebras.
The spaces in C*-homotopy theory are certain hybrids of functors represented by
C*-algebras and spaces studied in classical homotopy theory. In particular, we employ
both the topological circle and the C*-algebra circle of complex-valued continuous
functions on the real numbers which vanish at infinity. By using the inner workings
of the theory, we may stabilize the spaces by forming spectra and bispectra with
respect to either one of these circles or their tensor product. These stabilized
spaces or spectra are the objects of study in stable C*-homotopy theory.
The stable homotopy category of C*-algebras gives rise to invariants such as stable
homotopy groups and bigraded cohomology and homology theories. We work out examples
related to the emerging subject of noncommutative motives and zeta functions of C*-algebras.
In addition, we employ homotopy theory to define a new type of K-theory of C*-algebras.