Speaker: N. Christopher Phillips (Univ. Oregon)

Title: Large subalgebras of crossed product C*-algebras

Date/Time: December 12 (Wed.), 2012, 4:30-6:00

Room: 118 Math. Sci. Building

Abstract: This is work in progress; not everything has been checked.

We define a "large subalgebra" and a "centrally large subalgebra" of a C*-algebra. The motivating example is what we now call the "orbit breaking subalgebra" of the crossed product by a minimal homeomorphism h of a compact metric space X. Let v be the standard unitary in the crossed product C* (Z, X, h). For a closed subset Y of X, we form the subalgebra of C* (Z, X, h) generated by C (X) and all elements f v for f in C (X) such that f vanishes on Y. When each orbit meets Y at most once, this subalgebra is centrally large in the crossed product. Crossed products by smooth free minimal actions of Zd also contain centrally large subalgebras which are simple direct limits, with no dimension growth, of recursive subhomogeneous algebras.

If B is a large subalgebra of A, then the Cuntz semigroups of A and B are the almost the same: if one deletes the classes of nonzero projections, then the inclusion is a bijection on what is left. Also (joint work with Dawn Archey), if B is a centrally large subalgebra of A, and B has stable rank one, then so does A. Moreover, if B is a centrally large subalgebra of A, if B is Z-stable, and if A is nuclear, then A is Z-stable.