The "fundamental theorem" for the algebraic K-theory of strongly Z-graded rings

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The ``fundamental theorem'' for algebraic K-theory expresses the K-groups of a Laurent polynomial ring L[t,t−1] as a direct sum of two copies of the K-groups of L (with a degree shift in one copy), and certain groups NK±q. It is shown here that a modified version of this result generalises to strongly Z-graded rings; rather than the algebraic K-groups of L, the splitting involves groups related to the shift actions on the category of L-modules coming from the graded structure. (These actions are trivial in the classical case). The analogues of the groups NK±q are identified with the reduced K-theory of homotopy nilpotent twisted endomorphisms, and appropriate versions of Mayer-Vietoris and localisation sequences are established.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1599
Number of pages43
JournalDocumenta Mathematica
Publication statusPublished - 01 Nov 2021


  • algebraic K-theory
  • strongly Z-graded ring
  • fundamental theorem
  • Bass-Heller-Swan formula
  • projective line
  • nil term
  • twisted endomorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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