MTH 831 (Spring 2007): C*-algebras
Instructor: Hanfeng Li
Office: 104 Mathematics Building. Phone:
645-6284 ext. 126.
Office Hours: F 3-4pm
Lectures: MWF 2:00-2:50pm
Room:
235 Math
- Course Description
- The theory of operator algebras (including C*-algebras and von
Neumann algebras) grew out of the development of quntum mechnics, but
now has interaction
with many areas of mathematics. We shall develop first the basic
theory of C*-algebras (spectrum, functional calculus, positive
elements, approximate units,
states, GNS construction, ideals, homomorphisms, etc.), and then
discuss briefly
"noncommutative algebraic topology" (K-theory). If time allowed,
we shall also talk about "noncommutative differential geometry" (cyclic
homology and spectral triples).
- I shall discuss some
important examples, including AF algebras, Cuntz algebras (more
generally, Cuntz-Krieger algebras), and noncommutative
tori (more generally, twisted group C*-algberas), coming from
mathematical physics, dynamics, and group representations.
Recommended Reading
The standard
references for C*-algebra theory include:
C*-algebras
by Dixmier,
C*-algebras and W*-algebras
by Sakai,
An invitation to
C*-algebras by Arveson,
C*-algebras and their Automorphism
Groups by Pedersen,
C*-algebras and Operator Theory by Murphy,
Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator
Algebras by Kadison and Ringrose,
C*-algebras by Example by
Davidson,
Theory of Operator
Algebras by Takesaki.
I shall not follow
closely
any of these books. However, the choices of our topics will be close to
that of Davidson's book.
- Prerequisite
- Some functional analysis, including Hilbert spaces, Banach
spaces, bounded linear operators on Hilbert spaces, dual spaces, weak-*
topology, Hahn-Banach theorem. Some knowledge about algebraic
topology or differential geometry will be helpful, but I shall not
assume that.
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