Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Volume 10 (2006)

Number 1

$T$-duality for torus bundles with $H$-fluxes via noncommutative topology. {II}. The high-dimensional case and the $T$-duality group

Pages: 123 – 158



Varghese Mathai

Jonathan Rosenberg


We use noncommutative topology to study T-duality for principal torus bundles with H-flux. We characterize precisely when there is a "classical'' T-dual, i.e., a dual bundle with dual H-flux, and when the T-dual must be "nonclassical,'' that is, a continuous field of noncommutative tori. The duality comes with an isomorphism of twisted $K$-theories, required for matching of D-brane charges, just as in the classical case. The isomorphism of twisted cohomology which one gets in the classical case is replaced in the nonclassical case by an isomorphism of twisted cyclic homology. An important part of the paper contains a detailed analysis of the classifying space for topological T-duality, as well as the T-duality group and its action. The issue of possible nonuniqueness of T-duals can be studied via the action of the T-duality group.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 81T30. Secondary 58Bxx, 81R60.

Published 1 January 2006