With M. Argerami, M. Kalantar, M. Kennedy, M. Lupini, and M. Sabok. Research report, 2014. (arχiv)

Abstract: The classification of separable operator spaces and systems is commonly believed to be intractable. We analyze this belief from the point of view of Borel complexity theory. On one hand we confirm that the classification problems for arbitrary separable operator systems and spaces are intractable. On the other hand we show that the finitely generated operator systems and spaces are completely classifiable (or smooth); in fact a finitely generated operator system is classified by its complete theory when regarded as a structure in continuous logic. In the particular case of operator systems generated by a single unitary, a complete invariant is given by the spectrum of the unitary up to a rigid motion of the circle, provided that the spectrum contains at least 5 points. As a consequence of these results we show that the relation on compact subsets of $\mathbb C^n$, given by homeomorphism via a degree 1 polynomial, is smooth.

Further notes: This article is the product of the BIRS focused research group titled “Borel complexity and the classification of operator systems”, in the Summer of 2014.