M.Sc Thesis | |

M.Sc Student | Lessel Alon |
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Subject | Compact Models for Group Actions |

Department | Department of Mathematics |

Supervisor | ASSOCIATE PROF. Uri Bader |

Given a measurable action of a
locally compact, second-countable group on a Lebesgue space, it is easy to
define an action of the same group on the space's *W**-algebra (or
Von-Neumann algebra) of essentially bounded measurable functions. Conversely,
given a group action on an abstract separable and commutative *W**-algebra,
one may ask whether or not it can be realized as an action on a Lebesgue space.
This is known to be true, and in fact, it is known that this Lebesgue space can
be chosen to be a compact metric space, called a compact model for the group
action. In this work, we extend this to countable families of separable
commutative *W**-algebras (or equivalently, Lebesgue spaces), showing that
compact models exist for each space such that the group action on the compact
models is continuous and that the induced maps between the models become
continuous maps. For this we use tools from operator algebras. The work also
includes a discussion of the equivalence between this approach and the approach
based on Boolean algebras.