An Introduction to Subfactors in Mathematics and Physics

2015/06/11 Thu 10:00 - 12:00
2015/06/12 Fri 10:00 - 12:00
2015/06/15 Mon 15:00 - 17:00
2015/06/17 Wed 10:00 - 12:00
2015/06/19 Fri 10:00 - 12:00
127 Conference Room, Building No.3
Vaughan F. R. Jones
Kyoto / Vanderbilt University

We intend to describe the current state of classification of subfactors and attack the question of whether all subfactors have something to do with quantum field theory, including an appearance of Richard Thompson's groups F and T.

Lecture 1. Introduction to von Neumann algebras. Definition and examples. Von Neumann density theorem. Factors of types I,II and III. Tomita-Takesaki theory and Connes decomposition and classification. Hyperfiniteness.

Lecture 2. Subfactors and elementary examples. Index in the type II case. Bimodules. The tower of relative commutants and restrictions on index values. Construction of examples. Braid group representations and knot polynomials.

Lecture 3. Kauffman diagrams for the Temperley-Lieb algebra. Planar algebras, lambda lattices - the standard invariant of a subfactor and reconstruction. Random matrices with a real number of matrices. Tensor categories, 2-categories. Endomorphisms and the type III approach.

Lecture 4. Classification of small index subfactors. Izumi's Cuntz algebra approach. Skein theory presentations of subfactors, the exchange relation, the Yang-Baxter equation and the jellyfish algorithm.

Lecture 5. Algebraic quantum field theory, conformal field theory and scaling limits of statistical mechanical models. Hilbert spaces from planar algebras-a toy algebraic QFT and the Thompson groups. Knots and links from the Thompson groups.

Poster (PDF)

Homework--June 19 (PDF)