Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 18 (2014)

Number 6

T-duality for circle bundles via noncommutative geometry

Pages: 1437 – 1462



Varghese Mathai (Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Adelaide, Australia)

Jonathan Rosenberg (Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Md., U.S.A.)


Recently Baraglia showed how topological T-duality can be extended to apply not only to principal circle bundles, but also to non-principal circle bundles. We show that his results can also be recovered via two other methods: the homotopy-theoretic approach of Bunke and Schick, and the noncommutative geometry approach which we previously used for principal torus bundles. This work has several interesting byproducts, including a study of the $K$-theory of crossed products by $\tilde{O}(2) = \mathrm{Isom}(\mathbb{R})$, the universal cover of $O(2)$, and some interesting facts about equivariant $K$-theory for $\mathbb{Z} / 2$. In the final section of this paper, some of these results are extended to the case of bundles with singular fibers, or in other words, non-free $O(2)$-actions.

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