Realization of rigid C*-bicategories as bimodules over type II$_1$ von Neumann algebras

Luca Giorgetti, Wei Yuan
October 02, 2020
We prove that every rigid C*-bicategory with finite-dimensional centers (finitely decomposable horizontal units) can be realized as Connes' bimodules over finite direct sums of II$_1$ factors. In particular, we realize every multitensor C*-category as bimodules over a finite direct sum of II$_1$ factors.