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C*-algebras as cosheaves with self-action



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Abstract

In this talk we will discuss how C*-algebras can be identified and characterised in terms of certain cosheaves with self-action. The reason we are interested in such a study is it to try and give a rigorous mathematical derivation of the axioms of quantum theory. In particular, many of the standard axioms for C*-algebras have unclear physical and operational meaning, but by defining an equivalence of categories between C*-algebras and cosheaves with self-action, we believe that these axioms can acquire a clear operational meaning. So far, however, we have only managed to show that every C*-algebra becomes a cosheaf with self-action, but we don't know whether the converse holds as well. This work is done in collaboration with Tobias Fritz.