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Yasuo Watatani Last modified date:2016.09.23

Graduate School
Undergraduate School

Academic Degree
Doctor of Engineering
Field of Specialization
Theory of Operator Algebras
Outline Activities
We study theory of operator algebras in functional analysis.

Jones constructed index theory for subfactors as an analogue of
Galois thoory for extension fields. We intruduced Jones index theory
for simple C*-algebras and developed the theory using bimodules and
K-theory. Later we studied the structure of Hilbert C*-bimodules and
the Pimsner algebras generated by them. We also showed that the set
of intermediate subfactors for any irreducible subfactor of a type II_1 factor
with finte index is a finite lattice, and we studied which finte lattices are
realized as intermediate subfactor lattices. Now Kajiwara and I study
C*-algebras associated with complex dynamical systems of the iterations of
Rational functions. In partucular we prove that the C*-algebras restricted on
the Julia sets are purely infinite simple C*-algebras. By a similar method,
we also show that the C*-algebras associated with proper contractions
on the self-similar sets are purely infinite simple C*-algebras. Now we
are studying a relation between the structure of singularity of rational
functions and associated C*-algebras.

Following after Gelfand-Ponomarev study of relative positions of
four subspaces in finite dimensional vector spaces, Enomoto and I
study relative positions of subspaces in a infinite dimensional Hilbert
space. We found uncountablly many indecomposable systems of four subspaces.
We introduce a numerical invariant, called defect, using Fredholm index.
We have determined the possible values of defect. Now we are stuying a
relation between Dynkin dyagrams and relative positions of subspaces along
finte graphs.

In seminars, students study books on the fundamentals of functional
analysis and operator algebras. Then they introduce some papers in journals
and find research problems on operator algebras.

I visited a high school and gave several lectures.
Research Interests
  • C*-algebras associated with complex dynamical systems
    keyword : C*-algebras, rational function
    2000.01We construct purely infinite simple C*-algebras for rational functions..
  • Relative position of subspaces in a Hilbert space
    keyword : HIlbert space, relative position
    1998.01We study relative position of n subspaces in a Hilbert space..
  • Index for C*-subalgebras
    keyword : C*-algebras, index
    1988.01~2003.01Jones index theory for simple C*-algebras.
Academic Activities
1. Norio Nawata and Yasuo Watatani, Fundamental group of simple C*-algebras with unique trace, Advances in Math. , 225, 307-318, 2010.08.
2. Watatani, Yasuo, Indecomposable representations of quivers on infinite-dimensional Hilbert spaces, J. Functional Analysis, (256) 959-991, 2009.02.
3. M. Izumi, T. Kajiwara and Y. Watatani, KMS states and branched points , Ergodic Th. & Dynam. Sys. , 27 巻、 1887-1918, 2007.12.
4. M.Enomoto and Y. Watatani, Relative position of four subspaces in a Hilbert space, Adv. Math., Vol 201, 263-317, 2006.05.
5. T. Kajiwara and Y. Watatani, C*-algebras associated with complex dynamical systems, Indiana Univ. Math. J., 54, 3, Vol. 54, 755-778, 2005.05.
1. Singularities in operator algebras.
2. C*-algebras associated with complex dynamical systems.
  • Research of operator algebra from the multidirectional viewpoint and its applications