THE TALK WILL START AT 11:00.
 
Department of Mathematics                  University of Haifa
 
                         ALGEBRA  SEMINAR
 
Speaker: Mr. Ofir Schnabel (University of Haifa)
 
Date: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 at 11:00
**(NOTE THE CHANGE)**
 
Place: Room 614 of the Science & Education Building, Univ. of
       Haifa
 
Title: Refinements of the universal covering property for
       complex matrix algebras
 
Abstract:
 
A theorem of Bahturin and Zaicev says that any fine strong
$G$-grading of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ is induced by a twisted group
algebra $\mathbb{C}^fG$, where $G$ is a group of central type
of order $n^2$, e.g. $C_n\times C_n$, and $[f]\in
H^2(G,\mathbb{C})$ is nondegenrate. Any such twisted group
algebra determines a simply connected grading of
$M_n(\mathbb{C})$. In a recent paper, Cibils, Redondo and
Solotar show that for any $n$ there is another simply
connected grading of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$, namely by the free
group $F_{n-1}$. Consequently there is no universal covering
of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$. In this talk we discuss the question
whether the existence of a universal covering of
$M_n(\mathbb{C})$ can be disproved using only fine strong
gradings.
 
A joint work with Y. Ginosar.
 
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Technion Math Net-2 (TECHMATH2)
Editor: Michael Cwikel   <techm@math.technion.ac.il> 
Announcement from: YUVAL GINOSAR   <ginosar@math.haifa.ac.il>