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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example of the arens multiplication; I want to understand the construction

I want to understand the double dual as a $C^*$-algebra of a given $C^*-$algebra $A$ but my first problem is to understand the Arens multiplication on the double dual $A^{**}$ (considered as Banach ...
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Completely positive, orthogonaly preserving maps

First of all, here is the setting for my problem: Definition: Let $A$ be a $C^*$-Algebra, $a,b\in A$. We say, a and b are orthogonal, if $ab=ba=a^*b=ab^*=0$. Proposition: Let $A$ be a $C^*$-Algebra, ...
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equivalence of properties. Is the restriction in (ii) redundant?

I have a question about the claim, which I found in a paper: Let $\phi:A\to B$ a linear map between $C^*$-algebras $A$ and $B$. The following are equivalent: $\phi(\frac{1}{2}(ab+ba))=\frac{1}{2}(\...
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Jordan-homomorphism; equivalent properties

Let $\phi:A\to B$ a linear map between $C^*$-algebras $A$ and $B$. I want to know, why the following properties are equivalent: $(i) \phi(ab+ba)=\phi(a)\phi(b)+\phi(b)\phi(a)$ and $(ii) \phi(a^2)=\phi(...
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Maximal ideal space of $L^{\infty}(m)$ separable?

Let $m$ denote the Lebesgue-measure on the unit interval and let $L^{\infty}(m)$ be the set of measurable essentially bounded functions on that interval (i.e. $f \in L^{\infty}(m)$ if and only if ...
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Elements near the identity of a linear subspace

I am currently trying to understand a proof and ran into the following problem. The proof states (everything takes place in a commutative, unital Banach-Algebra): A linear subspace $X$ with ...
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On existence of square root of positive elements of a unital $C^*$-algebra

Given a unital $\mathcal{C}^*$-algebra $A$ and a positive element $a \in A$, I am trying to prove the existence of a square root $a^{\frac{1}{2}}$ i.e. a positive element $b \in A$ such that $b^2 = a$....
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The Gelfand and norm topologies are equal on the character space of $L^1(\mathbb Z)$

We know that the character space of the Banach algebra $L^{1}(\mathbb Z)$ is homeomorphic to the unit circle $\mathbb T$, but I can't show that the Gelfand and norm topologies are equal on that.
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Algebra with element having empty spectrum?

The definition of the spectrum makes sense for any algebra. I guess we can go to the unitization to make sense of it even non-unital algebras. Recalling the well-known fact that for normed algebras, ...
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Prove that disk algebra is isomorphic to the closure of $\mathbb{C}(z)$ in $C(\mathbb{T})$.

Let $D = \{ z \in \mathbb{C} : |z| < 1 \}$ be the open unit disk and $\mathbb{T} = \{ z \in \mathbb{C} : |z| = 1 \}$ its boundary. We will naturally write $\bar{D}$ for its closure $\{ z \in \...
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Countable set in a Banach space which spans densely?

Let $\mathcal{C}(\mathbf{T})$ be the algebra of continuous complex functions on the unit circle $\mathbf{T}$. Consider the following two statements: The $*$-subalgebra generated by $1$ and $z$ spans ...
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Prove Operator is a Projector

Let $\mathscr{H}$ be a complex Hilbert space. A projector is a linear map $P:\mathscr{H}\to\mathscr{H}$ such that $P\circ P = P$. I'm trying to prove the following claim, from the information given ...
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$||a||\leq \sup_{||b||\leq 1} ||ab||$ in a C*-algebra

I would like to prove that, if $a$ is an element in a C*-algebra then $$\|a\|\leq \sup_{\|b\|\leq 1} \|ab\|$$ It is obvious if the algebra is unital. What if it is not?
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Proof of theorems in the field of banach-and $c^*$-algebras in a categorial language

At the moment I'm studying the basics in the theory of banach- and $c^*$-algebras. There are many results in the theory of $c^*$-algebra which you first prove in the unital case and then in the ...
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positive elements in $L(H)$

At the moment I'm studying positive elements in $C^*$-algebras. Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space, $L(H)$ the linear bounded operators $H\to H$ and $T^*=T$. Then: $$\sigma(T)\subseteq [0,\|T\| ]\; \...
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Choice of a dense subset of a separable Banach space

I recently came across the following statement, and still can't prove it: Statement: Suppose $X$ is a separable,closed subspace of $L^1(G)$, where $G$ is a locally compact group. Since $X$ is ...
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positive linear maps which are involutive

Let $S$ be an operator system, $B$ a $c^*$-algebra and $\phi:S\to B$ a positive linear map. Then $\phi$ is involutive, i.e. $\phi(x^*)=\phi(x)^*$ for all $x\in S$. I want to prove this claim but I'm ...
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positive linear maps of $c^*$-algebras are bounded

Let $A, B$ be $c^*$-algebras and $\phi:A\to B$ a positive, linear map. Then $\phi$ is bounded. Proof: It is sufficient to proof boundedness of $\phi$ on the unitarization (I missunderstood that, see ...
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Applications of $C^\ast$ algebras in differential topology

I was wondering if there were any useful ways $C^\ast$ algebras come into play within differential topology. I know this is a fairly broad question,so any type of input is applicable.
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Can $ {L^{1}}(G) $ be a $ C^{*} $-algebra?

Let $ G $ be a locally compact abelian group. Then $ {L^{1}}(G) $ is a commutative algebra when equipped with convolution. Is there an involution $ ^{*} $ on $ {L^{1}}(G) $ so that it becomes a $ C^{*}...
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A property of a ideal of Banach algebras

Let $B$ be a Banach algebra and $A$ be a bi-ideal of it. Suppose that for any $b\in B$, $Ab=\{0\}$ implies $b=0$. Now could we say that for some $c\in B$ if $cA=\{0\}$ then $c=0?$
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Banach algebra norms on $M_n(A)$

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra (not sure whether I need $A$ to be unital). I saw the claim that all Banach algebra norms on $M_n(A)$ with continuous projections on entries are equivalent. How does one ...
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When do injective and projective tensor norms agree?

For $C^*$-algebra tensor products, one talks about the min and max tensor norms, and they agree when one of the $C^*$-algebras is nuclear. For general Banach algebras, what is the analog of nuclearity?...
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if $f$ is in Banach space, then $\nabla f $ is in the dual space?

I am not very deep in advanced real analysis. Could you help me decipher the following two phrases hold? 1) if $f$ is in Banach space $\mathcal{B}$, then $\nabla f $ is in the dual space $\mathcal{B}^...
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Multiplicative linear functionals on subalgebras

If $A$ is a commutative $C^\ast$ algebra and $C$ is a $C^\ast$ sub algebra of $A$ is it true that the characters on $C$ are just restrictions of characters on $A$. The reason I am asking this because ...
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Algebra is Generated by nilpotent Lie Algebra

$X$ Banach space. In $B(X)$, we can define a Lie product $[ , ]:[T_1,T_2]=T_1T_2-T_2T_1$ for any $T_1,T_2 \in B(X).$ Let $\mathcal{L}$ Lie Algebra. $\mathcal{L}^1=\mathcal{L}$ , $ \mathcal{L}^2=[\...
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realizing/ understanding $C^*(\phi_g(C([0,1])))$ and "support projection of an element of a $C^*$-algebra

someone asked me the following question but I don't know the answer, but and I'm interested in it too. Let $C([0,1])=\{f:[0,1]\to\mathbb{C}; \text{f is continuous}\}$, $g\in C([0,1])$ be a positive ...
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Banach algebras for which the Gelfand transform is 1-1 but not onto

Are there examples of Banach Algebra's for which the Gelfand transform is 1-1, (ie: the intersection of all maximal ideals of the algebra is $\{0\}$) but not onto? Context Page 96 of Kaniuth's "...
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almost unital Banach algebra's

Let $A$ be an "almost unital Banach algebra", in the sense that it satisfies all the usual axioms but not necessarily that $\|1\|=1$. From the product inequality $\forall x,y \in A$ \begin{equation} \|...
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preserving problem

Define: $$\begin{align*} \varphi &:L^2[0,1] \to L^2[0,1], \\ &(\varphi f)(x)=‎\int_0^x f(t)dt. \end{align*}‎$$ Is it true that, if ‎‎$‎‎B$ is a dense ‎subset ‎of ‎‎$‎‎L^2[0,1]$, then ‎$‎‎\...
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Ideal in Matrix algebra

Let A be a Banach algebra and suppose that $\Lambda$ be a nonempty set. With the following product and norm the matrix space $$M_\Lambda(A)=\{(a_{ij})_{i,j\in\Lambda}:\sum_{i,j\in\Lambda}\|a_{ij}\|<...
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Quotient Rings of Algebras

So let us take the commutative Banach algebra $B=\mathscr{l}^1(\mathbb{Z}_n)$ over $\mathbb{R}$ with convolution as multiplication $(f\ast g)(x)=\underset{y\in \mathbb{Z}_n}{\sum} f(y)g(x-y)$. I know ...
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Topological modules and relative homological algebra.

This question might be a bit dumb but I'm tired right now and this is just going over my head at the moment, in "The homology of Banach and topological algebras" Helemskii said that relative ...
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If $X$ is compact Hausdorff, is every isomorphicm $\mathcal{C}(X) \to \mathcal{C}(X)$ continuous?

If $X$ is a compact Hausdorff space, is then every isomorphism from ${\mathcal C}(X)$ onto ${\mathcal C}(X)$ is continuous?
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GNS Construction on non-unital algebra

STATEMENT: If A has a multiplicative identity 1, then it is immediate that the equivalence class $ξ$ in the GNS Hilbert space H containing 1 is a cyclic vector for the above representation. If $A$ is ...
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Quaternions as a counterexample to the Gelfand–Mazur theorem

It seems that by the Gelfand–Mazur theorem quaternions are isomorphic to complex numbers. That is clearly wrong. So where is the catch? I think that I found the problem but it seams so subtle that ...
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Equivalent statements involving 'little o'

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and $a\in A$. $\|z(z-a)^{-1}\|=1+o(\frac{1}{z})$ as $z\rightarrow +\infty$ iff $\|(z-a)^{-1}\|^{-1}=z+o(1)$ as $z\rightarrow +\infty$. i.e., $lim_{z\rightarrow +\infty}\|(...
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Are all function transforms special cases of Gelfand's transform?

Reading about Gelfand-Naimark theorem I've seen that the Fourier transform is a special case of Gelfand transform for the space $L^1(\mathbb{R})$ with the convolution product. In a related question on ...
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an inequality in Banach algebra [duplicate]

Let $(V, \| \ \|)$ be a Banach algebra. Given two elements $x,y\in V$ satisfying $xy=yx$, prove that $$ \lim_{n\to\infty}\|(x+y)^n\|^{1/n}\le\lim_{n\to\infty}\|x^n\|^{1/n}+\lim_{n\to\infty}\|y^n\|^{1/...
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What's the difference between a Banach Algebra and a C*-algebra?

I'm currently looking at going into a PhD program in mathematics and need to decide on a specialization. In meeting with my advisor he pushed me into looking at C*-algebras based on my interests. ...
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Norms on unitization of nonunital Banach algebra

Let $A$ be a nonunital Banach algebra and denote by $A^+$ the unitization of $A$. One commonly used Banach algebra norm on $A^+$ is given by $||(a,\lambda)||=||a||+|\lambda|$ (where $a\in A,\lambda\in\...
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Approximate Identities

Statement : Let $U$ be a C* algebra and$\lambda=\left\{A\in U:A\geq 0, ||A||<1\right\}$. If $B\in \lambda$ then if $X\in U$ $$||X^*(I-B)^2X||\leq ||X^*(I-B)X||$$ For reference this is from ...
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Maximal Ideal Spaces

STATEMENT: Let $C_b(\mathbb{R})$ be the $C^*$-algebra of bounded continuous functions on $\mathbb{R}$. Let $A$ be the $C^*$-subalgebra of $C_b(\mathbb{R})$ generated by $C_∞(\mathbb{R})$ together with ...
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Banach algebra of homomorphisms

Let $E,F$ be Banach spaces. Is it always true that $\mathrm{Hom}(E,F)$ is Banach algebra ?
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A question about locally compact Hausdorff space

If $X$ is a locally compact Hausdorff space, $C_{0}(X)$ denotes the set of continuous functions from $X$ to $\mathbb{C}$ vanishes at infinity. This is a basic example in C*algebra. My question is Why ...
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Specific question on Banach space over nonarchimedean field

Let K be an nonarchimedean field. We let $Ban(K)$ denote the category of $K$-Banach space with continuous linear maps and let $C$ be the category of normed K-Banach spaces ($V, ||$ $ || $) ...
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Let $A=\mathbb{C}$ and $E=F=C[0,1]$. Are $E=F$ Hilbert $\mathbb{C}^*$-modules?

Let $A=\mathbb{C}$ and $E=F=C[0,1]$. Are $E=F$ Hilbert $\mathbb{C}^*$-modules? clearly $E=F$ are $C^*$-algebra
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Maximal ideal space

Let $X$ be a compact space, $x_0\in X$, and define $$A=\{\{f_n\} ; f_n\in C(X), \sup_n\|f_n\|<\infty, and \{f_n(x_0)\} \text{ is a convergent sequence} \} $$ If $\|\{f_n\}\|$ is defined as $\sup_n\|...
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Is this true? If ‎$‎\varphi\in ‎\mathcal{B}_{‎\mathcal{A}}(E,F)‎$‎ and preserving density, then $‎\varphi‎$‎ is surjection

Is this true? If ‎$‎\varphi\in ‎\mathcal{B}_{‎\mathcal{A}}(E,F)‎$‎ and preserving density, then $‎\varphi‎$‎ is surjection, why?. Such that $E$ and $F$ are right Hilbert ‎$‎‎‎\mathcal{A}‎$‎-modules ...
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Is this true? If ‎$‎\varphi\in ‎\mathcal{B}(E,F)‎$‎ and preserving density, then $‎\varphi‎$‎ is surjection. Why?

Is this true? If ‎$‎\varphi\in ‎\mathcal{B}(E,F)‎$‎ and preserving density, then $‎\varphi‎$‎ is surjection, such that $E$ and $F$ are Banach space and $\mathcal{B}(E,F)‎$‎ is the set of all bounded ...