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This paper is devoted to the connective K homology and cohomology of finite groups G. We attempt to give a systematic account from several points of view. In Chapter 1, following Quillen [50, 51], we use the methods of algebraic geometry to study the ring ku^*(BG) where ku denotes connective complex K-theory. We describe the variety in terms of the category of abelian p-subgroups of G for primes p dividing the group order. As may be expected, the variety is obtained by splicing that of periodic complex K-theory and that of integral ordinary homology, however the way these parts fit together is of interest in itself. The main technical obstacle is that the Künneth spectral sequence does not collapse, so we have to show that it collapses up to isomorphism of varieties. In Chapter 2 we give several families of new complete and explicit calculations of the ring ku_∗(BG). This illustrates the general results of Chapter 1 and their limitations. In Chapter 3 we consider the associated homology ku_∗(BG). We identify this as a module over ku^*(BG) by using the local cohomology spectral sequence. This gives new specific calculations, but also illuminating structural information, including remarkable duality properties. Finally, in Chapter 4 we make a particular study of elementary abelian groups V. Despite the group-theoretic simplicity of V , the detailed calculation of ku^*(BV) and ku_∗(BV) exposes a very intricate structure, and gives a striking illustration of our methods. Unlike earlier work, our description is natural for the action of GL(V).


Algebraic Geometry | Geometry and Topology


The first author is grateful to the EPSRC, the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, and the Japan-US Mathematics Institute, and the second author is grateful to the Nuffield Foundation and the NSF for support during work on this paper. Author's Accepted Manuscript. © Copyright 2003 American Mathematical Society, first published in Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society 165(785) (2003).