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Mathematics Colloquium

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm
Avery Hall Room: 115
1144 T St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: AVH
Steve Cohn, (402) 472-7223,
Speaker: Mark Tomforde
Affiliation: University of Houston
Local Host: David Pitts
Title: Leavitt path algebras and the legacy of Bill Leavitt

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Abstract: In the past 15 years Functional Analysts have considered a method for constructing C*-algebras from directed graphs. These graph C*-algebras include many previously considered classes of C*-algebras, and provide a unified framework in which to consider many examples. Furthermore, numerous properties of the graph C*-algebra can be translated into properties of the graph, allowing for a very satisfying theory in which C*-algebraic questions can be reformulated as graph questions. In the past 6 years Algebraists have used similar methods to construct K-algebras from a directed graphs. These K-algebras are called Leavitt path algebras, and they generalize the Leavitt algebras (which are fundamental examples of algebras without the Invariant Basis Number property). To many researchers’ surprise, it has been found that when properties of a graph correspond to properties of the associated C*-algebra, these same graph properties correspond to the algebraic properties of the associated Leavitt path algebra. What is even more astonishing is that neither the graph C*-algebra results nor the Leavitt path algebra results are obviously logical consequences of the other. Often different methods are used in the proofs, and moreover, neither set of results can easily be seen to imply the other. This has left many researchers wondering exactly what the relationship is between the Leavitt path algebras and the graph C*-algebras. In this talk I will describe the many similarities (and a few of the differences) between these two classes.

Refreshments will be served in 348 Avery 3:30-4pm. The talk is free
and open to the public.

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