Algebraic K-theory of Schemes

  • Marek Szyjewski
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The present notes contain the foundations of algebraic K-theory to- gether with a series of explicit computations of the K-groups of fields and some classical varieties. Our goal is to provide an introduction to a more advanced reading, as well as to convince the reader that such a study may be useful and interesting. The exposition is by no means complete nor self-contained. We hope nevertheless, that the covered part of the theory is sufficient for effective computations in algebraic geometry.

The organization of these notes follows the historical development of algebraic K-theory in the 2nd half of the XXth century. We give a brief outline of the theory of the Grothendieck groups Ko(X), Ko(X). We also develop the higher K-theory (of Milnor and Quillen) of fields and compute the K-groups of finite fields. Next, the Quillen’s definition of K-groups as homotopy groups is given and their properties are discussed. Some instructive examples are also included. Moreover, we compute the higher algebraic K-groups of projective bundles, Brauer-Severi varieties and quadrics. In the end we apply these techniques to compute the Chow ring of a split quadric and to prove “Hilbert 90” for K2 (F( \(\sqrt a \) )) following Merkurjev’s proof.


Exact Sequence Vector Bundle Abelian Category Coherent Sheave Central Simple Algebra 
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  • Marek Szyjewski
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  1. 1.Instytut Matematyki Uniwersytetu ŚlaskiegoKatowicePoland

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