Colloquium: Tuesday March 21, 2023. Speaker: Christopher Phillips (Oregon). Title: “Relations between dynamics and C*-algebras: Mean dimension and radius of comparison”.

room 614, Science & Education building.

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Speaker : Christopher Phillips (Oregon)

Date : Tuesday, 21st of March, 2023.

Time : 14:00

Title: Relations between dynamics and C*-algebras: Mean dimension and

radius of comparison.

Abstract: For an action of an amenable group Gon a compact metric space~X, the mean dimension {\mathrm{mdim}} (G, X)

was introduced by Lindenstrauss and Weiss.
It is designed so that the mean dimension of the shift on
([0, 1]^d)^Gis~d. Its motivation was unrelated to C*-algebras.

The radius of comparison {\mathrm{rc}} (A)of a C*-algebra~A
was introduced by Toms to distinguish counterexamples
in the Elliott classification program. 

The algebras he used have nothing to do with dynamics.

A construction called the crossed product associates
a C*-algebra C^* (G, X)to a dynamical system (G, X).
Despite the apparent lack of connection between these concepts,
there is significant evidence for the conjecture that
{\mathrm{rc}} ( C^* (G, X) ) = \frac{1}{2} {\mathrm{mdim}} (G, X)
when the action is free and minimal.
We will explain the concepts above; no previous knowledge
of mean dimension, C*-algebras, or radius of comparison will be assumed.
Then we describe some of the evidence.
In particular, we give the first general partial results
towards the direction
{\mathrm{rc}} ( C^* (G, X) ) \geq \frac{1}{2} {\mathrm{mdim}} (G, X).
We don’t get the exact conjectured bound,
but we get nontrivial results for many of the known examples
of free minimal systems with {\mathrm{mdim}} (G, X) > 0″>.</p>

<p>This is joint work with Ilan Hirshberg.</p>
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