Top Global Course Special Lectures by Prof. Nigel Higson

Top Global Course Special Lectures by Prof. Nigel Higson (Kyoto / Pennsylvania State University) will take place as follows:

Course Title
Top Global Course Special Lectures 3
Date & Time
April 14 - May 26, 2017 (Every Friday except May 5.)
Friday, April 14, 10:00-12:00
Friday, April 21, 10:00-12:00
Friday, April 28, 10:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00
Friday, May 12, 10:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00
Friday, May 19, 10:00-12:00
Friday, may 26, 10:00-12:00
*Please see the poster for further details.
127 Conference room, Faculty of Science Bldg. #3, Kyoto University
The Noncommutative Geometry of Tempered Representations
The purpose of these lectures is to study the tempered dual of a real reductive group as a noncommutative topological space.
The unitary dual of a locally compact group may be identified with the spectrum of its group C*-algebra. The C*-algebra point of view equips the unitary dual with a topology, and it also associates to every unitary representation of the group, irreducible or not, a closed subset of the dual. In the case of a real reductive group, the tempered dual is the closed set associated to the regular representation.
The tempered dual may also be thought of as the spectrum of the so-called reduced C*-algebra. Following standard practice in C*-algebra theory and noncommutative geometry, we shall interpret the problem of studying the tempered dual as a noncommutative topological space as the problem of studying the reduced C*-algebra up to Morita equivalence.
The extra effort that is required to study the tempered dual in this more elaborate way, and not just a set, is rewarded in spectacular fashion by a beautiful isomorphism statement in K-theory that was conjectured by Connes and Kasparov, and later proved by Wassermann and Lafforgue. I shall describe a proof of the Connes-Kasparov isomorphism for real reductive groups that mostly follows the approach outlined by Wassermann but also uses ideas introduced by Vincent Lafforgue, together with new index-theory calculations that extend Lafforgue's ideas.
This series of lectures will be video-recorded and made available online.
Please note that anyone in the front rows of the room can be captured by a video camera.