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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The identity cannot be a commutator in a Banach algebra?

The Wikipedia article on Banach algebras claims, without a proof or reference, that there does not exist a (unital) Banach algebra $B$ and elements $x, y \in B$ such that $xy - yx = 1$. This is ...
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Is there an algebraic homomorphism between two Banach algebras which is not continuous?

According to wikipedia, you need the Axiom of Choice to find a discontinuous map between two Banach spaces. Does this procedure also apply for Banach algebras yielding a discontinuous multiplicative ...
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Why is $\ell^1(\mathbb{Z})$ not a $C^{*}$-algebra?

When $\ell^1(\mathbb Z)$ is equipped with the convolution as multiplication and $a^{*}_{n}=\bar{a}_{-n}$, I can prove it satisfies all conditions except $\|a^{*}a\|=\|a\|^2$, which I cannot prove nor ...
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Prove that $\sigma(AB) \backslash \{0\} = \sigma(BA)\backslash \{0\} $

Prove that $\sigma(AB) \backslash \{0\} = \sigma(BA)\backslash \{0\} $. Where $A,\ B$ are bounded operators in Banach space and $\sigma$ denotes spectrum.
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Closure of the invertible operators on a Banach space

Let $E$ be a Banach space, $\mathcal B(E)$ the Banach space of linear bounded operators and $\mathcal I$ the set of all invertible linear bounded operators from $E$ to $E$. We know that $\mathcal I$ ...
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If $(I-T)^{-1}$ exists, can it always be written in a series representation?

If $X$ is a Banach space, and $T:X \to X$ is a bounded linear operator with norm < $1$, then $I-T$ has a bounded inverse defined by $(I-T)^{-1} = \sum_{n=0}^\infty T^n$. Thinking in terms of a ...
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strictly positive elements in $C^*$-algebra

Let $A$ be a $C^*\text{-algebra}$ and $A_+$ denote the positive elements. An element $a\in A_+$ is called strictly positive if $\overline{aAa}=A$. Want to find the following:a)What are the strictly ...
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Why is $GL(B)$ a Banach Lie Group?

Banach Lie Groups are what you'd expect: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php/Lie_group,_Banach If $B$ is a Banach algebra then why is $GL(B)$, the set of invertible elements of $B$, a ...
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Reference request: Fourier and Fourier-Stieltjes algebras

I would like to learn the basic theory of Fourier algebras and Fourier-Stieltjes algebras. In particular, I want to know how these two objects are defined in the case of not necessarily abelian ...
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Does the Banach algebra $L^1(\mathbb{R})$ have zero divisors?

Assume that the functions $f,g: \mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ are integrable and equal to zero on $(-\infty,0)$, (i.e $f,g \in L^+$). Then by Titchmarsh's theorem: $f*g$ is zero almost everywhere ...
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Finding a closed subalgebra generated by functions.

Consider the space of all bounded continuous real-valued functions of $\mathbb{R}$. I am having trouble understanding how to find the closed subalgebra generated by sine and cosine.
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Prove a condition for a Banach algebra to be isometrically isomorphic to $\mathbb C$

Can anyone help me by providing a detailed verification of the following theorem? Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a Banach algebra. If there exists $M<+\infty$ so that $$\Vert a \Vert\Vert b \Vert\leq M ...
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Is $L^2(\mathbb{R})$ with convolution a Banach Algebra?

Is $L^2(\mathbb{R})$ a Banach algebra, with convolution? I am pretty sure the answer is no, because I think that $f,g \in L^2(\mathbb{R})$ does not imply that $f*g \in L^2(\mathbb{R})$. However, I ...
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$Conv(Ex((C(X))_1))$ is dense in $(C(X))_1$?

Let $X$ be compact Hausdorff, and $C(X)$ the space of continuous functions over $X$. Denote the closed unit ball in $C(X)$ by $(C(X))_1$, then it can be shown $f$ is an extreme point of $(C(X))_1$ if ...
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Maximal ideals and maximal subspaces of normed algebras

This is a kind of "prove or give a counter-example" question, and I'm having some difficults with it: By a maximal ideal $I$ of an algebra $A$, we mean an ideal $I\neq A$ which is not properly ...
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When is the weighted space $\ell^p(\mathbb{Z},\omega)$ a Banach algebra ($p>1$)?

Let $\omega:\mathbb{Z}\to (0,\infty)$ and let $1\leq p<\infty$. Consider the space $\ell^p(\mathbb{Z},\omega)$ of complex valued sequences $f=(a_n)_{n \in \mathbb{Z}}$ such that ...
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On the spectrum of the sum of two commuting elements in a Banach algebra

Original: Soit A une algèbre de Banach unitaire et a et b deux éléments tels que a*b=b*a. Pourquoi σ (a+b) с σ(a)+σ(b) Et qu’elle est la relation entre σ (a*b) et σ(a) et σ(b)? Translation: Let ...
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Liouville's theorem for Banach spaces without the Hahn-Banach theorem?

Let $B$ be a (complex) Banach space. A function $f : \mathbb{C} \to B$ is holomorphic if $\lim_{w \to z} \frac{f(w) - f(z)}{w - z}$ exists for all $z$, just as in the ordinary case where $B = ...
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Left topological zero-divisors in Banach algebras.

Let $ A $ be a unital Banach algebra. Define $ \zeta: A \longrightarrow [0,\infty) $ by $$ \forall a \in A: \quad \zeta(a) \stackrel{\text{def}}{=} \inf_{b \in \mathbb{S}(A)} \| ab \|, $$ where $ ...
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Maximal ideals in function spaces

Hello friends of mathematics, i have got a question. In the lecture we proved that the maximal ideals of $C(X)$ are the sets of functions which vanishes on a closed subset of $X$. But now i will look ...
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Stone-Čech via $C_b(X)\cong C(\beta X)$

I am having some trouble constructing the Stone-Čech compactification of a locally compact Hausdorff space $X$ using theory of $C^*$-algebras. I did some search but could not find a good answer on ...
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Example of a singular element which is not a topological divisor of zero

We know that every topological divisor of zero in a commutative Banach algebra is singular. I need an example of a singular element which is not a topological divisor of zero.
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Why locally compact in the Gelfand representation?

I'm missing something in the Gelfand representation. Let's just say $\mathfrak{A}$ is a Banach algebra. Then it's a Banach space, and so we have $\mathfrak{A}^\ast$. The multiplicative linear ...
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How far is a Banach algebra from being a multiplicative group?

Given a Banach algebra $\mathcal{A}$, the collection of invertible elements in $\mathcal A$, $G(\mathcal{A})$ is a group. I wonder whether there is a measurement for how far $\mathcal{A}$ is from ...
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Why is $F_\phi$ defined on the whole disk

This is a question about a proof on page 97 in these lecture notes. In exercise 13, I don't understand On the hand, $F_\phi$ is defined on the whole open disk $D$ Why is $F_\phi$ defined on ...
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‎If ‎‎$‎X$ is an infinite-dimensional Banach space and ‎‎$‎‎u‎\in ‎B(X)‎$ ,then $\bigcap_{v\in K(X)}\sigma(u+v) =\cdots$

‎If ‎‎$‎X$ is an infinite-dimensional Banach space and ‎‎$‎‎u‎\in ‎B(X)‎$,why the following equality is true? $$\bigcap_{v\in K(X)}\sigma(u+v) =\sigma(u) \setminus \{\lambda \in\mathbb{C}\mid u - ...
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Normed algebra with multiplicative norm, non-isomorphic to $R$, $C$, $H$.

Is there an infinite dimensional real normed algebra $A$ such that $\|xy\|=\|x\|\cdot \|y\|$ for all $x,y \in A$? Thanks.
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Characterization of small Banach subalgebras

Let $A$ be a unital Banach algebra and $x \in A$ nonzero. We can consider the subalgebra $B$ of $A$ generated by $\{1,x\}$. This is the norm closure of the subspace of polynomials in $x$. So for any ...
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$L(\ell_{p})$ contains only one proper closed ideal

I am trying to solve the following problem: Show that if $1<p<\infty$ and $T:\ell_{p}\rightarrow\ell_{p}$ is not compact then there is a complemented infinite dimensional subspace $E$ of ...
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C* algebra of bounded Borel functions

Let $T\in B(H)$ is normal, and $B(\sigma(T))$ denote the $C^*$ algebra of all bounded Borel functions on $\sigma(T)$. Then is it true that $B(\sigma(T))$ is a closed $C^*$ algebra under the sup. norm ...
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If $a\ge 0$ and $b\ge 0$, then $\sigma(ab)\subset\mathbb{R}^+$.

This is an exercise in Murphy's book: Let $A$ be a unital $C^*$-algebra and $a,b$ are positive elements in $A$. Then $\sigma(ab)\subset\mathbb{R}^+$. The problem would be trivial if the algebra ...
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How do we show that prime C* algebras have trivial center

A prime C* algebra is a C* algebra with the property that the product of any two of its non zero ideals is non zero. The claim is that it has trivial center, i.e., the only central elements are ...
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a question about invertibility of Banach Algebra

If $X$ is a Banach algebra with identity, and $0$ is the only element $x \in X$ such that there is a sequence $\{ {x_n}\} \subset X$, $\left\| {{x_n}} \right\| = 1$ and $x{x_n} \to 0$ or ${x_n}x \to ...
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Uniqueness in Bochner's theorem

Bochner's theorem : Let $G$ be a locally compact Abelian group. Then for any $ \phi \in \ P(G) $ there is a unique positive Radon measure $ \ μ \in \ $ M ($ \widehat{G} $) such that ...
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Definition of subalgebra

Is it generally implicitly assumed that if $B$ is a subalgebra of a unital Banach algebra $A$ then $1 \in B$? I tried to find a definition of subalgebra but the only definition I found was in Murphy ...
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Disk algebra norm clousre

I have a trouble with a question and i need help to solve it. Define $A_1$={$f$ $\in C(\overline{\mathbb{D}})$ | f is analytic in $\mathbb{D}\}$ $A_2$=the norm closure of polynomials in ...
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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 ...
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The disk algebra and continuous homomorphisms

The disk algebra is the set of continuous functions $f: D \to \mathbb C$ where $D$ is the closed unit disc in $\mathbb C$ and $f$ is analytic on the interior of $D$. It is endowed with the ...
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Help me please proving the theorem

I am reading the book of Walter Rudin Functional Analysis and the page 235 was given theorem 10:12 which is as follows: Theorem: If $A$ is a Banach algebra, then $G(A)$ is a open subset of $A$, and ...
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The maximal ideal space of $A$ is contained in the unit ball of $A^\ast$

On page 281 of Rudin's book Functional Analysis, let $\Delta$ be the maximal ideal space of a commutative Banach algebra $A$, $K$ be the norm-closed unit ball of $A^*$, then $\Delta\subset K$ (by ...
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what is a “Banach algebra” without the norm condition on a continuous multiplication?

I wish to use the following finite-dimensional Banach spaces. although they do not need to be Banach algebras for my proposed application, a mild curiosity is aroused, because the multiplication ...