#
Set theory and C*-algebras

January 23 to January 27, 2012
at the

American Institute of Mathematics,
Palo Alto, California

organized by

Ilijas Farah and David Kerr

## Original Announcement

This workshop will be devoted to applications of set theory
to C*-algebras. It would be hard to imagine a workshop on set theory
and C*-algebras as recently as ten years ago, and this meeting will bring
together researchers in these two fields. Dramatic progress has brought set theory and operator algebras closer together over the last decade, and this meeting will
invigorate the collaboration between the two subjects.
The workshop will concentrate on the following topics:

- Set-theoretic analysis of Elliott's classification program for nuclear C*-algebras.
This would be a continuation of the broad endeavor to study the comparative
complexity of classification problems prominent in descriptive set theory in the last
twenty years. Progress in C*-algebra theory over the last decade has
brought into focus the role of regularity properties like Z-stability as a means
for understanding the effectiveness and limitations of K-theoretic invariants for the
purpose of classification. One outstanding problem is to determine the jump in Borel
complexity at the boundary of this effectiveness.
While descriptive techniques have been successfully applied to classification
problems in ergodic theory, most notably via Hjorth's notion of turbulence, and
many nuclear C*-algebras arise from dynamical systems as crossed products, the fact that
some dynamical information gets lost in the crossed product construction in an often
mysteriously complicated way suggests that the analysis of Borel complexity in
context of C*-algebras might require the development of new tools and lead to new
insights in the application of descriptive set theory to classification problems.

-Potential applications of combinatorial set
theory to C*-algebras, such as the question whether Naimark's
problem can have a positive answer in some model of set theory
or whether the Calkin algebra admits a K_{1}-reversing
automorphism. Negative answers to both of these questions are
known to be relatively consistent with ZFC.

## Material from the workshop

A list of participants.
The workshop schedule.

A report on the workshop activities.

A list of open problems.