Michael Brannan, Li Gao, Marius Junge

We study the “geometric Ricci curvature lower bound”, introduced previously by Junge, Li and LaRacuente, for a variety of examples including group von Neumann algebras, free orthogonal quantum groups ${O}_{N}^{+}$, $q$-deformed Gaussian algebras and quantum tori. In particular, we show that Laplace operator on ${O}_{N}^{+}$ admits a factorization through the Laplace–Beltrami operator on the classical orthogonal group, which establishes the first connection between these two operators. Based on a non-negative curvature condition, we obtain the completely bounded version of the modified log-Sobolev inequalities for the corresponding quantum Markov semigroups on the examples mentioned above. We also prove that the “geometric Ricci curvature lower bound” is stable under tensor products and amalgamated free products. As an application, we obtain a sharp Ricci curvature lower bound for word-length semigroups on free group factors.