Journal of Noncommutative Geometry

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Volume 9, Issue 3, 2015, pp. 697–706
DOI: 10.4171/JNCG/205

Published online: 2015-10-29

Finite part of operator K-theory for groups with rapid decay

Sherry Gong

In this paper we study the part of the $K$-theory of the reduced $C^*$-algebra arising from torsion elements of the group, and in particular we study the pairing of $K$-theory with traces and when traces can detect certain $K$-theory elements. In the case of groups with Property RD, we give a condition on the growth of conjugacy classes that determines whether they can be detected. Moreover, in the case that they can be detected, we show that nonzero elements in the part of the $K$-theory generated by torsion elements are not in the image of the assembly map $K^G_0(EG) \to K_0(C^*G)$. One application of this result is a lower bound for the structure groups of certain manifolds.

Keywords: Traces, unique tracial state, group $C^*$-algebras, reduced $C^*$-algebras, idempotents, operator K-theory, rapid decay property

Gong Sherry: Finite part of operator K-theory for groups with rapid decay. J. Noncommut. Geom. 9 (2015), 697-706. doi: 10.4171/JNCG/205