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A Banach algebra is an algebra over the real or complex numbers which is equipped with a complete norm such that |xy| ≤ |x||y|. The study of Banach algebras is a major topic in functional analysis. If you are about to ask a question on C*-algebras or von Neumann algebras please use (c-star-algebras) ...

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Restriction of a spectral measure

Let $x$ be a self-adjoint operator on $H$. By spectral theorem, there is a spectral measure $\mu$ correspondence to $*-$ homomorphism $\pi:C(\sigma(x)) \to B(H)$ such that $x=\int_{-||x||}^{||x||} ...
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An abelian Banach algebra without characters

Can one give an example of an abelian Banach algebra with empty character space? Such algebra must be necessarily non-unital. I couldn't find any examples of such algebras. Thanks!
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Banach fixed-point theorem and Newton

I have to combine the Newton method and the Banach fixed-point theorem: Let $I \subset \mathbb{R}$ a closed interval and $\phi: I \rightarrow I$ Lipschitz continous. Let $f: I \rightarrow ...
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A lemma by Foguel and Weiss [1973]

so I am reading Krengel's text on Ergodic theorems. And the next lemma bugs me as for the proof of it. It's by Foguel and Weiss. Statement: If $P_1, P_2$ are commuting elements of a Banach algebra ...
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Natural *-isomorphism

Show that if $X,Y$ are locally compact spaces, then there is a natural *-isomorphism from $C_0(X,C_0(Y))$ onto $C_0(X\times Y)$. My attempt: I define $\phi:C_0(X,C_0(Y))\to C_0(X\times Y)$ such that ...
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The set of analytic functions on unit circle is not a C*-algebra

Let $\mathbb{D}$ be the open unit disc on the complex plane and consider the set $$A=\{f\in C({\rm cl}\, {\Bbb D})\colon f \text{ is an analytic function on } {\Bbb D}\}.$$ It is certainly closed ...
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Is $C(\Omega)$ a C*-algebra if $\Omega$ is not locally compact, nor compact?

We always say if $\Omega$ is compact or locally compact, then C(\Omega) is a C*-algebra. Now is $C(\Omega)$ a C*-algebra if $\Omega$ is not compact nor locally compact? If not, I want to know which ...
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spectral projection of an element in a C*-algebra

I'm studying Takesaki's Operator theory and I preferred "spectral projection "in the page 43 of this book while he didn't speak about it before. I searched it, but I could not find it. Please explain ...
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Positive linear functional on an involutive Banach algebra

Why is every positive linear functional on an involutive Banach algebra with a bounded approximate continuous?
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Approximate unit of an involutive Banach algebra

I know that every C*-algebra has an approximate unit. I have two questions: why we cannot show that every involutive Banach algebra has an approximate unit? I need an example of an involutive Banach ...
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Positive elements in a Banach algebra

Let $A$ be a unital Banach algebra. If $a$ is an element of $A$ with $||1-a||_{sp}<1$, then there exists $b\in A$ such that $b^2=a$. Furthermore, if $A$ is an involutive Banach algebra and if $a$ ...
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Cyclic representation on $L^2(\mu)$

Show that if $(X,\Omega,\mu)$ is a $\sigma-$ finite measure space and $H=L^2(\mu)$, then $\pi:L^\infty(\mu)\to B(H)$ defined by $\pi(\phi)=M_\phi$ is a cyclic representation and find all the cyclic ...
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Approximate unit of a separable C*-algebra

The following is a corollary of Takesaki's Operator Theory: My question: I do not know why the author says"there exists an n such that $||x(1-v_n)^\frac{1}{2}||<\epsilon$" . Please help me to ...
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Norm of an element in a C*-algebra

The following is a part of a proof in Takasaki's Operator theory: Let $\epsilon>0$ and $A$ is a C*-algebra. For an $x\in A$, put $h=x^*x$ and $u_\epsilon=(h+\epsilon)^{-1}h$. We have then ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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The positive element in a C*-algebra

The following is a theorem of Conway's Functional Analysis: for the proof ($c\to a$), I think we can say: for $\lambda\in \sigma(a)\subset \Bbb R$, there is a character $h:C(\sigma(a))\to\Bbb C$ ...
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A question about Invariant subspaces of an algebra.

I feel that this is a very simple problem, but somehow I don't see the solution. I want to show that if $A$ is a subalgebra of $B(H)$ containing $1$ then if $B\in SOTcl(A)$, for every n, ...
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norm of a matrix that its entries are operators in B(H).

Let S is a subset of B(H). Define $M_2(S)=\{T= \left( \begin{array}{ccc} A & B \\ C & D \\ \end{array} \right) : A,B,C,D \in S\}$. what is the relationship between $||T||$ and ...
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Self-adjoint elements in a C*-algebra

I have a simple question which confused me. Suppose $A$ is a C*-algebra. every $x\in A$ has a representation such as $x=a+ib$ where $a,b$ are self-adjoint elements of $A$. Also we claim that $x^*x$ ...
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*-isomorphism of a C*-algebra into an involutive Banach algebra is norm increasing

The following is a proposition of Takesaki's Operator theory: My question: How does he assume, considering the C*-subalgebra generated by k instead of $*$-Banach algebra B? Are we sure that the ...
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An element a of a complex normed algebra is Hermitian iff $\|\text{exp}(i\alpha a)\|=1 \, \forall \alpha \in \mathbb{R}$

The (algebraic) numerical range $V(a)$ of an element $a$ of a complex unital normed algebra $A$ is defined as: $V(a)=\{f(a):f \in A^{'}, \|f\|\le1, f(1)=1\}$. $a$ is said to be Hermitian iff ...
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Limit of an element in a unital C*-algebra

Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra. Show that an element $x$ of $A$ is self-adjoint if and only if $\lim_{t\to 0}\frac{1}{t}(||1+itx||-1)$=0. My attempt: Suppose $x=x^*$. By functional calculus of x, ...
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There is no continuous function h on unit circle such that u=exp ih when spectrum u is entire unit circle

Let $\Gamma$ be the unit circle. Let u be the unitary element in $C(\Gamma)$ defined by $u(\lambda)=\lambda$. Show that there is no continuous function h on unite circle such that u=exp ih. ...
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functional calculus on a set of normal elements is continuous

Let $K$ be a compact subset of $\Bbb C$. Let $A_K$ denote the set of all normal elements $x$ with $\sigma_A(x)\subset K$. If $f$ is a continuous function on $K$, then the functional calculus :$x\in ...
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Why alg(v) is not normclosed in the Banach algebra V in general?

Let V be an unital Banach algebra, v $\in V$. The smallest subalgebra of V, with contains v and e, is defined as follows: $\overline{alg(v)}:=\overline{\{\sum\limits_{k=0}^n\lambda_kv^k: ...
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Homeomorphism between locally compact space $\Omega$ and maximal ideals space of $C_0(\Omega)$

the following is a proposition: If $\Omega$ is locally compact and $\Sigma$ is the maximal ideal space of $C_0(\Omega)$, then the map $x\to \delta_x$ is a homeomorphism. To prove it, the author ...
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Is there any multiplicative linear functional on B(H)?

If A is a Banach algebra, we say that $\Phi: A \longrightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is a multiplicative linear functional if $\Phi$ is nontrivial, linear and $\Phi(xy)=\Phi(x)\Phi(y)$. It is easy to see that ...
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Closed unit ball of B(H) is not compact in strong operator topology of B(H).

In operator theory we prove that closed unit ball of B(H) is compact in weak operator topology and is closed in strong operator topology. But a book of operator theory states that closed unit ball of ...
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The map $T\longmapsto \|T\|$ is not continuous in the strong operator topology of $\mathscr B(H)$

In the context of Strong and Weak operator topologies on $\mathscr B(H)$ there is an statement that says: the map on $\mathscr B(H)$ that $T\longmapsto \|T\|$ is not continuous in the strong operator ...
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an exercise about the spectrum of an element in Banach algebra.

An exercise of Banach algebra, section of spectrum has wanted the proof of this statement: Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and $x\in A$. Show that for every open set $U$ in $\mathbb{C}$ that contains ...
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Spectral radius of a normal element in a Banach algebra

I know that if $A$ is a C*-algebra, then $||x||=||x||_{sp}$ for every normal element $x\in A$. I like to find an example of a normal element $x$ in a involutive Banach algebra with $||x||\neq ...
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Spectrum of an element of a non unital C*-algebra

I know that spectrum of an element $x$ of a unital C*-algebra is nonempty. I like to find an example of a non unital C*-algebra that has an element with empty spectrum, if it exists. Motivation I ...
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Spectral radius of an element in a C*-algebra

The following is an proposition of Takesaki's Operator Theory: For any element $x$ of a Banach algebra ${\cal A}$, we have $$||x||_{sp}=\lim_{n\to \infty}||x^n||^{\frac{1}{n}}$$ Proof: My ...
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Norm of a character in a non-unital Banach algebra

Let $\cal A$ be an abelian non-unital Banach algebra and $h:{\cal A}\to {\Bbb C}$ be a homomorphism. If ${\cal A}$ has an approximate identity $\{e_i\}$ such that $||e_i||\leq 1$ for all i, then ...
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Locally Compact Groups - Reference Request

I start reading an article about locally compact groups $G$ and the group algebra $L^1(G)$,and I need a good book to introduce myself to these concepts. Can you help please? Thanx
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Subalgebra generated by selfadjoint operator $A_0\in\mathscr{L}(H,H)$

Let $\mathscr{L}(H,H)$ be the Banach algebra of bounded operators defined on a complex Hilbert space $H$ and let $B(A_0)$ be the subalgebra generated by the selfadjoint operator $A_0$, i.e. ...
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Algebra of bounded functions on a completely regular space

Let $T$ be a completely regular topological space, i.e. a topological space satisfying axiom $T_1$ and such that for any closed set $F\subset T$ and any $t_0\in T\setminus F$ there is a continuous ...
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When Heine - Borel theorem holds

If $\cal A$ is an abelian Banach algebra, then its maximal ideal space $\Omega$ is a compact Hausdorff space. In the proof of this theorem, the author says, since $\Omega \subset ball \cal A^*$, it ...
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Every homomorphism on a C*-algebra is a *-homomorphism

The following is a proposition of Conway's Functional analysis: and also he uses below exercise to proof above proposition: But I do not know how he uses the Exercise and say $||h||=1$. Please ...
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Example of a proper, dense ideal in a unital Banach algebra

I know that if ${\cal A}$ is a non- unital Banach algebra, then ${\cal A}$ may contain some proper, dense ideals. I need an example of a proper, dense ideal in a unital Banach algebra or show that it ...
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Ideal $I$ contained in a non-trivial ideal and quotient algebra

I read, in Tikhomirov's appendix to Kolmogorov-Fomin's Элементы теории функций и функционального анализа, that in order that the ideal $I$ be contained in a non-trivial ideal $I'\subset X$, it is ...
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$\lambda\in \sigma(x)\Rightarrow \lambda^{n}\in\sigma(x^{n})$ in Banach algebra

Let $\sigma(x)$ be the spectrum of an element $x$ of a unitary Banach algebra $X$ with the unity $e\in X$. I read that, since $\lambda e-x$ divides $\lambda^n e-x^n$, we have $\lambda\in ...
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When does the Fourier algebra coincide with the Fourier-Stieltjes algebra?

For a given locally compact group $G$ the Fourier-Stieltjes algebra $B(G)$ is defined as the algebra of matrix coefficients of unitary representations $\pi:G\to B(H)$. Similarly, the Fourier algebra ...
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When two projections in a C*-algebra are “almost” Murray-von Neumann equivalent, they are equivalent

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $p,q \in A$ be projections. Assume there is an element $a\in A$ such that $\|aa^*-p\|<\frac{1}{4}$ and $\|a^*a-q\|<\frac{1}{4}$. Then there is a partial isometry $v$ ...
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Greatest open ball of invertible elements in a Banach algebra

Let $a$ be an invertible element of a Banach algebra $A$. Then we know that also each $a+b$ with $b\in A$ and $||b||<||a^{-1}||^{-1}$ is invertible. Now my question is whether ...
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Condition in the definition of Banach star algebra

Here the definition of Banach star algebra is given as Banach algebra with an involution. In the book by Murphy for example, it is given as Banach algebra with an involution plus the condition that ...
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The supremum norm is submultiplicative

Is the following proof correct: Let $X$ be compact a compact Hausdorff space and $C(X)$ the continuous functions $f: X \to \mathbb{C}$ on X. We can equip $C(X)$ with the (edit: sorry, semi-)norm ...
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Prove that a norm makes a space Banach

I have to prove that if $A$ is a C*-Algebra then the algebra $A_1$ obtained adjoining the identity is a C*Algebra too (with the usual algebraic operation defined). I have any problem in all the ...
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Prove a condition for a Banach algebra [duplicate]

Can anyone help me by providing a detailed verification of the following theorem? **Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a Banach algebra.If all $a,b\in\mathcal{A}$ goes $$\Vert ab \Vert= \Vert a \Vert\Vert b ...
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Space of Functions: Characterizations of Positivity

Context The problem here is about the characterization of positivity for real or complex valued functions: $$\sigma(f)\geq 0\iff\sigma(f(x))\geq 0\text{ for all }x\in X\iff f(x)\geq 0\text{ for all ...