An Introduction to Subfactors in Mathematics and Physics

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. Vaughan F. R. JONES

Course Description
We will introduce the theory of subfactors and their interactions with topology and physics. 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.