Comparing invariants of SK1, by Tim Wouters

[ March 18, 2010: updated preprint received, replacing the March 8, 2010, version. ]

In this text, we compare several invariants of the reduced Whitehead group SK1 of a central simple algebra.

For biquaternion algebras, we compare a generalised invariant of Suslin as constructed by the author in a previous article to an invariant introduced by Knus-Merkurjev-Rost-Tignol. Using explicit computations, we prove these invariants are essentially the same.

We also prove the non-triviality of an invariant introduced by Kahn. To obtain this result, we compare Kahn's invariant to an invariant introduced by Suslin in 1991 which is non-trivial for Platonov's examples of non-trivial SK1. We also give a formula for the value on the centre of the tensor product of two symbol algebras.

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