Factors, bimodules, and fusion categories

Noah Snyder (Indiana University)

Tuesday 7th February, 2017 16:00-17:00 Maths 203


Bimodules of a von Neumann factor have a rich algebraic structure as a special kind of tensor category.  These tensor categories play a similar role when studying subfactors that Galois groups play in the theory of field extensions.  I will explain what tensor categories are, how they're related to operator algebras, and explain the current state of knowledge about examples of fusion categories.

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