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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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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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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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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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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$Conv(Ex((C(X))_1))$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‎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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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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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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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 ...