Survey Articles on Geometric Models for Noncommutative Algebras

The papers in this volume were written by graduate students in the course Math 277, Topics in Differential Geometry, in the Spring Semester of 1997. The papers were revised by the authors after a reading by one other student and the instructor.

We hope that these papers will be useful for students and researchers interested in a quick look at several aspects of symplectic and Poisson geometry and their relations to the theory of operator algebras.

- Alan Weinstein

The papers are in LaTeX format.

Existence of Star Products, a Brief History by Melanie Bertelson
Drinfeld-Sokolov Reduction and W-algebras by Alexander Kogan
Morita Equivalence in Algebra and Geometry by Ralf Meyer
Von Neumann Algebras and Poisson Manifolds by Dimitri Shlyakhtenko
Formal DGLA's and Deformation Quantization by Milen Yakimov