Noncommutative End Theory
Noncommutative End Theory
- Author: Charles A. Akemann and Søren Eilers.
- Date: August 1995.
- Status: Appeared in Pacific Journal of
Mathematics, 185 (1998), 47-88.
- Pages: 41.
- Abstract:
The corona algebra M(A)/A contains essential information on the global
structure of A, as demonstrated for instance by Busby theory. It is an
interesting and surprisingly difficult task to determine the ideal structure
of M(A)/A by means of the internal structure of A.
Toward this end, we generalize
Freudenthal's classical theory of ends of topological spaces to a large
class of C*-algebras. However,
mirroring requirements necessary already in the commutative case, we
must restrict attention to C*-algebras A which are sigma-unital
and have connected and locally connected spectra. Furthermore, we
must study separately a certain pathological behavior which occurs in neither
commutative nor stable C*-algebras.
We introduce a notion of sequences determining ends in such a
C*-algebra A and pass to a set of equivalence classes of such
sequences, the ends of A. We show that ends are in a natural
1-1 correspondence with the set of components of M(A)/A, hence giving a
complete description of the complemented ideals of such corona algebras.
As an application we show that corona algebras of primitive
sigma-unital C*-algebras are prime. Furthermore,
we employ the methods developed to show that, for a large class of
C*-algebras, the end theory of a tensor product of two
nonunital C*-algebras is always trivial.
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- Remarks:
- Access opportunities:
eilers@math.ku.dk/August 13, 1995.