The odd chern character and obstruction theory
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Having as starting point a formula described in the paper of Baum & Douglas, [BmDg] the odd-degree component of the Chern character is is analyzed. Our presentation uses the obstruction theory definition Chern characteristic classes in order to emphasize the connections with the even-degree component (see Theorem 4.3.1) and leads to a natural justification of the fundamental property of the Chern character, i.e. of being a ring homomorphism. The reader is assumed to have some background in topological Î -theory and algebraic topology.
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