By Huaxin Lin

The speculation and functions of C*-algebras are regarding fields starting from operator thought, crew representations and quantum mechanics, to non-commutative geometry and dynamical structures. via Gelfand transformation, the idea of C*-algebras can be considered as non-commutative topology. a few decade in the past, George A. Elliott initiated this system of category of C*-algebras (up to isomorphism) by way of their K-theoretical facts. It begun with the class of AT-algebras with actual rank 0. on the grounds that then nice efforts were made to categorise amenable C*-algebras, a category of C*-algebras that arises so much obviously. for instance, a wide category of straightforward amenable C*-algebras is chanced on to be classifiable. the appliance of those effects to dynamical structures has been demonstrated.

This ebook introduces the hot improvement of the idea of the class of amenable C*-algebras ? the 1st such try out. the 1st 3 chapters current the fundamentals of the speculation of C*-algebras that are rather vital to the idea of the category of amenable C*-algebras. bankruptcy four otters the category of the so-called AT-algebras of genuine rank 0. the 1st 4 chapters are self-contained, and will function a textual content for a graduate path on C*-algebras. The final chapters include extra complex fabric. particularly, they take care of the type theorem for easy AH-algebras with genuine rank 0, the paintings of Elliott and Gong. The publication comprises many new proofs and a few unique effects regarding the type of amenable C*-algebras. along with being as an creation to the speculation of the category of amenable C*-algebras, it's a entire reference for these extra conversant in the topic.

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21 Let (X, a, n) be a dynamical system with a translation invariant measure fi. The triple is said to be ergodic if cr(E) C E (for Borel sets E) implies n{E) — 0 or n{E) = 1. If (X, a, //) is ergodic, we often denote C*{X,a,ii) by C{X) xaZ. A dynamical system (X, a) is said to be minimal if X has no proper closed er-invariant subset. 30). Furthermore, if (X, a) is minimal and X is infinite, then C(X) xa Z is a unital simple C*-algebra. 22 Let X = S1 be the unit circle and 6 be an irrational number.

It is routine to check that C0(X,A) is a C*-algebra. 11, let A = Mn. Then one obtains a C*algebra C0{X,Mn). Fix t G X, then f(t) € Mn for every / e CQ(X,Mn). Write f(t) = (fij(t)) (an nxn matrix). Then fij(t) £ C0(X). This gives an identification C0(X,Mn) = Mn(C0(X)). Both are C*-algebras. 8, the identification is an isomorphism of C*-algebras. This identification will be frequently used. 13 Let X be a locally compact Hausdorff space. Denote by Cb(X) the set of all bounded continuous functions and define ll/H = s u p t 6 X \f(t)\- It is a (non-separable) unital C*-algebra which contains CQ(X) as an ideal.

5 Every C*-algebra A admits an approximate identity. Indeed, if A is the upwards-directed set of all a G A+ with \\a\\ < 1 and e\ = A for all A G A, £/ien {e\)\e^ forms an approximate identity for A. Proof. 3 {e\} is an increasing net in the closed unit ball of A. We need to show that lim^ ae\ = a for all a £ A. Since A spans A, it suffices to assume that a G A+. Since {||a(l — eA)a||} is decreasing, it suffices to show that there are un G {e\} such that ||a(l — u„)a|| —¥ 0 (as n -> oo). Note that un = (1 - ^)fi(a) G A.