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Discontinuous characters on locally compact abelian groups

I'm doing some reading out of Rudin's Fourier Analysis on Groups and Folland's Abstract Harmonic Analysis for research. Particularly I am on characters and dual groups and I've noticed that neither ...
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How does Pontryagin duality fit into the general cohomology theory framework?

Pontryagin duality implies the isomorphic relation of the function space $C(G)$ on a locally compact group $G$ to the function space on it's dual group $\hat G \overset{\sim}{=}\text{Hom}(G,T)$, ...
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Why unitary characters for the dual group in Pontryagin duality if $G$ is not compact?

In harmonic analysis, for any locally compact abelian group, one constructs the dual group as the group of homomorphisms into the unit circle with the compact open topology. In other words, unitary ...