Twisted differential generalized cohomology theories and their Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence

Daniel Grady, Hisham Sati

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We construct the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence (AHSS) for twisted differential generalized cohomology theories. This generalizes to the twisted setting the authors’ corresponding earlier construction for differential cohomology theories, as well as to the differential setting the AHSS for twisted generalized cohomology theories, including that of twisted K-theory by Rosenberg and by Atiyah and Segal. In describing twisted differential spectra we build on the work of Bunke and Nikolaus, but we find it useful for our purposes to take an approach that highlights direct analogies with classical bundles and that is at the same time amenable for calculations. We will, in particular, establish that twisted differential spectra are bundles of spectra equipped with a flat connection. Our prominent case will be twisted differential K-theory, for which we work out the differentials in detail. This involves differential refinements of primary and secondary cohomology operations the authors developed in earlier papers. We illustrate our constructions and computational tools with examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2899-2960
Number of pages62
JournalAlgebraic and Geometric Topology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019


  • Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence
  • Differential cohomology
  • Generalized cohomology
  • Gerbes
  • Twisted K-theory
  • Twisted cohomology
  • Twisted spectra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology


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