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Bott element

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A Bott element is an element in a periodic cohomology theory, multiplication by which is invertible.

Specifically for complex topological K-theory there is an element of degree 2 which induces Bott periodicity. This is where the term “Bott element” comes from.

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Revised on August 28, 2013 15:56:10 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.98.24)