Notions of infinity in Quantum Physics Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2018

start page

  • 1

end page

  • 11

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • WWWW-0074


  • In this article we will review some notions of infiniteness that appear in Hilbert space operators and operator algebras. These include proper infiniteness, Murray von Neumann's classification into type I and type III factors and the class of F{/o} lner C*-algebras that capture some aspects of amenability. We will also mention how these notions reappear in the description of certain mathematical aspects of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and the theory of superselection sectors. We also show that the algebra of the canonical anti-commutation relations (CAR-algebra) is in the class of F{/o} lner C*-algebras.