We know that we can build an irreducible subfactor realizing a finite single chain lattice containing any finite index irreducible maximal subfactors, by using the free composition (see here).
Now about infinite single chain lattice:

Question: Is there an irreducible subfactor with an infinite homogeneous single chain lattice?


Yes, for example $(R \subset R \rtimes \mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty}))$ the Prüfer $p$-group subfactor.

More precisely:
Let $p$ be a prime number and let the chain of embeddings $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z} \hookrightarrow \mathbb{Z}/p^2\mathbb{Z} \hookrightarrow \mathbb{Z}/p^3\mathbb{Z} \hookrightarrow \cdots$
given by multiplication by $p$, then $\bigcup_n \mathbb{Z}/p^n\mathbb{Z}$ is $\mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty})$ the Prüfer $p$-group.
(Note that $\mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty})$ is the Pontryagin dual of the group of $p$-adic integers $\mathbb{Z}_p$)

$\mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty})$ admits no extra subgroups so its lattice is an infinite homogeneous single chain.
Now it is a discrete group so by Galois correspondence for discrete group (theorem 3.13 p 48 of this paper of Izumi-Longo-Popa) for a given outer action of $\mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty})$ on the hyperfinite ${\rm II}_1$ factor $R$ then the subfactor $(R \subset R \rtimes \mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty}))$ admits an infinite homogeneous single chain lattice.

Remark: The planar subalgebra of $P(R \subset R \rtimes \mathbb{Z}(p^{\infty}))$ generated by all the biprojections "should be" $TLJ_{p^{1/2}}^{* \infty}$. So for any $\delta$ we should have the example $TLJ_{\delta}^{* \infty}$.
More generally, any infinite free composition of a maximal subfactor should be an example.

  • $\begingroup$ since this subfactor has infinite index, what do you mean by the "planar subalgebra" in the remark? $\endgroup$ Mar 6 '15 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ @DavePenneys: yes it's not a subfactor planar algebra (because does not check the finite dim. axiom), but it's still a general planar algebra and the higher relative commutants are von Neumann algebras. What's the problem? $\endgroup$ Mar 7 '15 at 3:13

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