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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2003 (2003), Issue 38, Pages 2425-2445

The Baum-Connes conjecture, noncommutative Poincaré duality, and the boundary of the free group

1Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), 402 North Blackford Street, Indianapolis 46202-3216, IN, USA
2Mathematisches Institut, Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Einsteinstrasse 62, Muenster 48149, Germany

Received 17 September 2002

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For every hyperbolic group Γ with Gromov boundary Γ, one can form the cross product C-algebra C(Γ)Γ. For each such algebra, we construct a canonical K-homology class. This class induces a Poincaré duality map K(C(Γ)Γ)K+1(C(Γ)Γ). We show that this map is an isomorphism in the case of Γ=𝔽2, the free group on two generators. We point out a direct connection between our constructions and the Baum-Connes conjecture and eventually use the latter to deduce our result.