By Kenneth R. Davidson

The topic of C*-algebras bought a dramatic revitalization within the Seventies by way of the advent of topological equipment during the paintings of Brown, Douglas, and Fillmore on extensions of C*-algebras and Elliott's use of $K$-theory to supply an invaluable category of AF algebras. those effects have been the start of a fabulous new set of instruments for interpreting concrete C*-algebras.

This ebook is an introductory graduate point textual content which offers the fundamentals of the topic via an in depth research of a number of vital sessions of C*-algebras. the advance of operator algebras within the final 20 years has been in line with a cautious learn of those precise sessions. whereas there are lots of books on C*-algebras and operator algebras on hand, this can be the 1st one to try to provide an explanation for the genuine examples that researchers use to check their hypotheses. issues comprise AF algebras, Bunce-Deddens and Cuntz algebras, the Toeplitz algebra, irrational rotation algebras, staff C*-algebras, discrete crossed items, abelian C*-algebras (spectral idea and approximate unitary equivalence) and extensions. It additionally introduces many sleek thoughts and ends up in the topic equivalent to genuine rank 0 algebras, topological reliable rank, quasidiagonality, and numerous new structures.

These notes have been compiled in the course of the author's participation within the certain 12 months on C*-algebras on the Fields Institute for study in Mathematical Sciences in the course of the 1994-1995 educational 12 months. the sphere of C*-algebras touches upon many different parts of arithmetic equivalent to crew representations, dynamical structures, physics, $K$-theory, and topology.

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