Seminar (Operator Algebras)

Joachim Zacharias (University of Glasgow)

AF-embeddings and quotients of the Cantor set

Abstract: The classical Aleksandrov-Uryson Theorem says that every compact metric space X is a quotient of the Cantor set S, hence the C*-algebra C(X) of continuous functions on X embeds into C(S), an AF algebra, i.e. an inductive limit of finite dimensional C*-algebras. Thus every separable commutative C*-algebra is AF-embeddable. Whilst this cannot be true for arbitrary separable non-commutative C*-algebras such embeddings into AF-algebras have been established in many cases. We explore how the proof of the classical A-U-Theorem can be mimicked to obtain AF-embeddings and related results for classes of non-commutative C*-algebras.