Starling, Charles

$\mathrm C^*$-algebras of Boolean inverse monoids -- traces and invariant means

Doc. Math., J. DMV 21, 809-840 (2016)


Summary: To a Boolean inverse monoid $S$ we associate a universal C*-algebra $C^*_{B}(S)$ and show that it is equal to Exel's tight C*-algebra of $S$. We then show that any invariant mean on $S$ (in the sense of Kudryavtseva, Lawson, Lenz and Resende) gives rise to a trace on $C^*_{B}(S)$, and vice-versa, under a condition on $S$ equivalent to the underlying groupoid being Hausdorff. Under certain mild conditions, the space of traces of $C^*_{B}(S)$ is shown to be isomorphic to the space of invariant means of $S$. We then use many known results about traces of C*-algebras to draw conclusions about invariant means on Boolean inverse monoids; in particular we quote a result of Blackadar to show that any metrizable Choquet simplex arises as the space of invariant means for some AF inverse monoid $S$.

Mathematics Subject Classification

20M18, 46L55, 46L05