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New York Journal of Mathematics 6 (2000), 285-306.

KK-Equivalence and Continuous Bundles of C*-Algebras

Klaus Thomsen

Published: October 13, 2000
Keywords: C*-algebras, KK-theory, continuous fields
Subject: 19K35, 46L35


A structural description is given of the separable $C^*$-algebras that are contractible in KK-theory or E-theory. Subsequently it is shown that two separable $C^*$-algebras, $A$ and $B$, are KK-equivalent if and only if there is a bundle of separable $C^*$-algebras over $[0,1]$ which is piecewise trivial with no more than six points of non-triviality such that the kernel of each fiber map is KK-contractible, all fiber maps are semi-split and such that the fibers at the endpoints of the interval are $A$ and $B$.

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Institut for Matematiske Fag, Ny Munkegade, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark