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A coarse Mayer-Vietoris principle. (English) Zbl 0792.55001
The second author has introduced [Mem. Am. Math. Soc. 497 (1993; Zbl 0780.58043)] a cohomology theory, coarse cohomology, for a category of metric spaces, whose examples are complete non compact Riemannian manifolds and groups with word metric. He used this theory to recover and generalize the results of Gromov-Lawson.
In the present note, the authors show that in suitable cases, one gets a Mayer-Vietoris sequence in coarse cohomology and also in the \(K\)-theory of the \(C^*\)-algebra generated by locally compact operators with finite propagation. The last proposition is a verification of the Baum-Connes conjecture in coarse geometry.

MSC:
55N99 Homology and cohomology theories in algebraic topology
19K56 Index theory
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