Quantized groups, string algebras and Galois theory for algebras. (English) Zbl 0696.46048

Operator algebras and applications. Vol 2: Mathematical physics and subfactors, Pap. UK-US Jt. Semin., Warwick/UK 1987, Lond. Math. Soc. Lect. Note Ser. 136, 119-172 (1988).
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Introducing the notion of a paragroup (a natural quantization of a finite group) the author builds a Galois theory for the relative position of subfactors of finite index in the hyperfinite \(II_ 1\)-factor R. These paragroups whose underlying set is a graph with elements the strings on the graph and composition given by geometrical connection produce a complete conjugacy invariant. This construction also explains and proves the rigidity of the James index: for \(n\geq 3\) there are at most 4 conjugacy classes of subfactors of R with James index 4 \(cos^ 2(\pi /n)\).
Reviewer: H.Schröder


46L35 Classifications of \(C^*\)-algebras
46L60 Applications of selfadjoint operator algebras to physics
81T30 String and superstring theories; other extended objects (e.g., branes) in quantum field theory


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