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On Extensions of Group C*-Algebras

by Jonas Andersen Seebach
PhD Dissertations | October 2012

The thesis deals with the question of (non-)invertibility of $ C^* $-extensions arising from group $ C^* $-algebras. The first chapter outlines the basic preliminaries and sets the stage. In particualar the basics of $ C^* $-extensions and group $ C^* $-algebras are treated and more advanced theory such as semi-invertibility of extensions and weak containment of representations is explained.

In the second chapter we give a negative result showing that the reduced group $ C^* $-algebra of an amalgamated free product of Abelian groups has non-invertible extensions by the compact operators.

The third chapter gives a positive result. We show that all extensions of the reduced group $ C^* $-algebra of a free product of amenable groups by any stable and sigma-unital $ C^* $-algebra are semi-invertible.

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Thesis advisor: Steen Thorbjørnsen og Klaus Thomsen