Jonathan Krook: C*-simplicity of discrete groups and étale groupoids
Bachelor thesis presentation
Time: Mon 2022-06-13 10.00 - 11.00
Location: Kräftriket, house 6, room 306
Respondent: Jonathan Krook
Abstract:In this thesis, we look at a dynamical characterisation of C*-simplicity of discrete groups as presented in , and groupoid C*-algebras defined for etale groupoids as considered in . Background information and a more detailed outline of the thesis is provided in the introduction. The introduction is followed by a chapter providing necessary preliminary information on C*-algebras, where for example the Gelfand representation and the Gelfand-Naimark-Segal construction are covered. Following the article , we discuss in the next chapter a dynamic characterisation of C*-simplicity of discrete groups. Here, we also show that a discrete group G is C*-simple if and only if the reduced crossed product C(∂F G) ⋊r G is simple, where ∂F G denotes the Furstenberg boundary associated to G. In the final chapter, we present a definition of groupoid C*-algebras that appears in . We also present a definition of the reduced groupoid C*- algebra, although in a different form from what appears in , that applies to ´etale groupoids with totally disconnected locally compact Hausdorff space of units, and show that the reduced groupoid C*-algebra with this definition is a groupoid C*-algebra.