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Tesi etd-04042019-113706

Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
C*-algebras and the Uncountable: a systematic study of the combinatorics of the uncountable in the noncommutative framework
Settore scientifico disciplinare
Corso di studi
tutor Prof. Farah, Ilijas
correlatore Prof. Berarducci, Alessandro
Parole chiave
  • lifting
  • Naimark's problem
  • Calkin algebra
  • C*-algebras
  • Set theory
Data inizio appello
Riassunto analitico
In this dissertation we investigate nonseparable C*-algebras using methods coming from logic, specifically from set theory. The material is divided into three main parts.
In the first part we study algebras known as counterexamples to Naimark's problem, namely C*-algebras that are not isomorphic to the algebra of compact operators on some Hilbert space, yet still have only one irreducible representation up to unitary equivalence. Such algebras have to be simple, nonseparable and non-type I, and they are known to exist if the diamond principle (a strengthening of the continuum hypothesis) is assumed. With the motivation of finding further characterizations for these counterexamples, we undertake the study of their trace spaces, led by some elementary observations about the unitary action on the state space of these algebras, which seem to suggest that a counterexample to Naimark's problem could have at most one trace. We show that this is not the case and, assuming diamond, we prove that every Choquet simplex with countably many extreme points occurs as the trace space of a counterexample to Naimark's problem and that, moreover, there exists a counterexample whose tracial simplex is nonseparable.
The second part of this dissertation revolves around the Calkin algebra Q(H) and the general problem of what nonseparable C*-algebras embed into it. We prove that, under Martin's axiom, all C*-algebras of density character less than continuum embed into the Calkin algebra. Moving to larger C*-algebras, we show that (within ZFC alone) the reduced and the full C*-algebra generated by the free group on continuum many generators, and every nonseparable UHF algebra with density character at most continuum, embed into the Calkin algebra. On the other hand, we prove that it is consistent with ZFC that the abelian C*-algebra generated by an increasing chain of aleph2 projections does not embed into Q(H). Hence, the statement `Every C*-algebra of density character strictly less than continuum embeds into the Calkin algebra' is independent from ZFC.
Finally, we show that the proof of Voiculescu's noncommutative version of the Weyl-von Neumann theorem consists, when looked from the right perspective, of a sequence of applications of the Baire category theorem to certain ccc posets. This allows us, assuming Martin's axiom, to generalize Voiculescu's results to nonseparable C*-algebras of density character less than continuum.
The last part of this manuscript concerns lifting of abelian subalgebras of coronas of non-unital C*-algebras. Given a subset of commuting elements in a corona algebra, we study what could prevent the existence of a commutative lifting of such subset to the multiplier algebra. While for finite and countable families the only issues arising are of K-theoretic nature, for larger families the size itself becomes an obstruction. We prove in fact, for a primitive, non-unital, sigma-unital C*-algebra A, that there exists an uncountable set of orthogonal positive elements in the corona of A which cannot be lifted to a collection of commuting elements in the multiplier algebra of A.