Free probability theory was invented by Voiculescu in the 1980's and has seen huge development in the intervening time. Its fundamental point is to view the noncommutive phenomenon appearing in free groups from a probabilistic perspective. The resulting parallels with usual probability theory go unexpectedly far. Free probability theory has many applications to operator theory and operator algebras, and there are important connections with random matrices and combinatorics.
This course will introduce the theory and then cover the basic probabilistic, operator algebraic, combinatorial, and random matrix aspects of the subject, possibly also with an eye towards recent developments in the field and taking into account interests and background of the audience.
The first part of the course will be given by Ken Dykema, with some emphasis on operator algebraic aspects. The second part will be given by Roland Speicher, with some emphasis on combinatorial aspects.
Plan: We aim to cover the following topics in the course:
Additional topics may include:
Lectures: Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 and Tuesdays, 14:00 - 16:00
Seminar: Tuesday, 11:00 - 12:00, starting March 1, 2011