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Which groups are the unitary group of a $C^*$-algebra

Which groups are the unitary group of a $C^*$-algebra? Does anyone know anything in this direction?
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2answers
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Quasinilpotent elements of group C-star algebras

If $G$ is a discrete torsion-free group, can its (reduced or full) group C-star algebra contain non-zero quasinilpotent elements? I've seen various examples in the group von Neumann algebra setting ...
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1answer
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What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings?

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring $K[G]$ is a domain if and only if $G$ is a torsion-free group. A couple of good ...
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What does the representation theory of the reduced C*-algebra correspond to?

Let $G$ be a locally compact group. The group C*-algebra $C^* (G)$ is designed to come with a natural bijection between its (nondegenerate) representations and the (strongly continuous, unitary) ...
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Conjugacy classes and reduced group $C^*$-algebra of an amenable group

The reduced $C^*$-algebra of a non-abelian free group $G$ has a unique trace. Hence, there is no chance to separate conjugacy classes of group elements using traces on $C^\star_{red} G$. On the other ...