# Program

Figure 1 represents a flow with an irrational slope on a 2-dimensional torus meeting a closed transversal. Much of this situation is encoded in a noncommutative torus, and 'vector-bundles' on it. Yang-Mills theory on these 'vector-bundles' is of current interest in string theory in physics.

The knot in figure 2 is one of a pair having the same Jones polynomial. Equality of the polynomials follows from an argument borrowed from statistical mechanics. The connection between low-dimensional topology and statistical mechanics grew out of subfactors. Factors are operator algebras with trivial center and play the role of scalars in the noncommutative setting. Thus subfactors are 'noncommutative' Galois theory. But the Galois group must be replaced by a tower of algebras that have a topological and a statistical mechanical interpretation. Thus the connection was made between these two apparently quite unrelated fields.
The noncommutative mathematics of operator algebras has grown in many directions and has made unexpected connections with other parts of mathematics and physics. This can also be seen from the titles of the 8 areas into which the program is divided: noncommutative geometry, simple C*-algebras, noncommutative dynamical systems, subfactors, quantization, quantum field theory, free probability theory, noncommutative Banach spaces.
Since the 1984-85 MSRI program in Operator Algebras, developments have continued at a rapid pace, and interactions with other fields such as elementary particle physics and quantum groups continue to grow. These topics will be emphasized: Noncommutative geometry, Simple C* algebras, Noncommutative dynamical systems, Subfactors, Quantization, Algebraic quantum field theory, Free probability theory, and Operator spaces.

August 24, 2000 - September 02, 2000 | Clay Mathematics Institute Introductory Workshop in Operator Algebras |

September 25, 2000 - September 29, 2000 | Simple C*-algebras and Non-commutative Dynamical Systems |

December 04, 2000 - December 08, 2000 | Subfactors and Algebraic Aspects of Quantum Field Theory |

January 22, 2001 - January 27, 2001 | Free Probability and Non-commutative Banach Spaces |

April 23, 2001 - April 27, 2001 | Quantization and Non-commutative geometry |

April 26, 2001 - May 01, 2001 | 29th Canadian Symposium on Operator Algebras |