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Friday, March 8, 2019

2:00 pm in 141 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 8, 2019

On generic monothetic subgroups of Polish groups

Dakota Thor Ihli (Illinois Math)

Abstract: Given a topological group $G$, we ask whether the group $\overline{\left\langle g \right\rangle}$ has the same isomorphism type for "most" $g \in G$. More precisely, is there a group $H$ such that the set $\left\{ g \in G : \overline{\left\langle g \right\rangle} \cong H \right\}$ is dense? Comeagre? If so, can we identify this $H$? In this expository talk I will discuss known results and conjectures for certain Polish groups. Emphasis will be given to the case when $G$ is the group of Lebesgue-measure preserving automorphisms of the unit interval.

3:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 8, 2019

Completely bounded analogues of the Choquet and Shilov boundaries for operator spaces

Raphael Clouatre (University of Manitoba)

Abstract: Given a unital operator algebra, it is natural to seek the smallest $C^*$-algebra generated by a completely isometric image of it, by analogy with the classical Shilov boundary of a uniform algebra. In keeping with this analogy, one method for constructing the so-called $C^*$-envelope is through a non-commutative version of the Choquet boundary. It is known that such a procedure can be also be applied to operator spaces, although in this case the envelope has less structure. In this talk, I will present a certain completely bounded version of the non-commutative Choquet boundary of an operator space that yields the structure of a $C^*$-algebra for the associated Shilov boundary. I will explain how the resulting $C^*$-algebras enjoy some of the properties expected of an envelope, but I will also highlight their shortcomings along with some outstanding questions about them. This is joint work with Christopher Ramsey.

4:00 pm in 145 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 8, 2019

Basics of Chern Simons Theory

Yidong Chen (UIUC)

Abstract: In this talk I'll explain Atiyah's "axioms" for topological field theory and construct two examples: Chern Simons theory with finite group over any compact oriented manifold, and Chern Simons theory with compact simply connected Lie group over a compact connected 3-manifold. The latter (with SU(2)) is the quintessential example for Chern Simons theory in the physics literature.

4:00 pm in 347 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 8, 2019

When a Prime Number Ceases to be Prime

Ravi Donepudi   [email] (UIUC Math)

Abstract: Primes are commonly defined as those numbers whose only factors are 1 and themselves. This assumes that we only allow integers in their factorization. What happens if we allow fractions as factors or even irrational numbers? Will certain primes lose their status as "primes"? Will new "primes" be born to take their place? What does being prime even mean anymore? We will answer these and other questions which lead us to the exciting field of algebraic number theory.

4:00 pm in 345 Altgeld Hall ,Friday, March 8, 2019

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