29 May 2013

16:00

Sven Raum

Abstract

<p>This talk consists of three parts. As a motivation, we are first going to introduce von Neumann algebras associated with discrete groups and briefly describe their interplay with measurable group theory. Next, we are going to consider group von Neumann algebras of general locally compact groups and highlight crucial differences between the discrete and the non-discrete case. Finally, we present some recent results on group von Neumann algebras associated with certain locally compact HNN-extensions.</p>