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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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Can one deduce Liouville's theorem (in complex analysis) from the non-emptiness of spectra in complex Banach algebras?

As you probably know, the classical proof of the non-emptiness of the spectrum for an element $x$ in a general Banach algebra over $\mathbb{C}$ can be proven quite easily using Liouville's theorem in ...
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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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Looking for an easy lightning introduction to Hilbert spaces and Banach spaces

I'm co-organizing a reading seminar on Higson and Roe's Analytic K-homology. Most participants are graduate students and faculty, but there are a number of undergraduates who might like to participate,...
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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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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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Some examples in C* algebras and Banach * algebras

I would like an example of the following things. A Banach * algebra that is not a C* algebra for which there exists a positive linear functional (it takes $x^*x$ to numbers $\geq 0$) that is not ...
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Fourier transform as a Gelfand transform

One question came to my mind while looking at the proof of Gelfand-Naimark theorem. Is Fourier transform a kind of Gelfand transform? Are there any other well-known transforms which are so?
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If B(X) is isomorphic to B(Y), does that mean X is isomorphic to Y (for X and Y Banach spaces)?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be Banach spaces such that $\mathcal{B}(X)$ is linearly isomorphic to $\mathcal{B}(Y)$ (where $\mathcal{B}(\cdot)$ denotes the algebra of bounded linear operators). Must it always be ...
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$p^2=p\in \bar{I}$, I ideal of Banach algebra $\Rightarrow p\in I$

Let $I\subset A$ be a ideal of a Banach algebra $A$. Assume $p\in \overline I$ and $p^2=p$. Show: $p\in I$. Can someone give me a little hint how to solve this, please?
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Can $f*g = f+g$ for $f$ and $g$ compactly supported?

Let $f$ and $g$ be continuous, compactly-supported functions $\mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{C}$. Can it happen that $f*g = f+g$? Here, $f*g$ denotes the convolution (f*g)(s) = \int_\mathbb{R} f(t) g(s-t) ...
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Unital nonabelian banach algebra where the only closed ideals are $\{0\}$ and $A$

This is a problem in exercise one of Murphy's book Find an example of a nonabelian unital Banach algebra $A$, where the only closed ideals are $\{0\}$ and $A$. But does such an algebra exist at ...
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Ideals in Commutative Banach Algebras

Suppose that $A$ is a natural Banach function algebra on $K$, a compact Hausdorff space. So $A$ is realised as an algebra of continuous functions on $K$, is a Banach algebra for some norm (...
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Boundary of invertibles in a normed algebra

A student and I are reading the book Introduction to Banach Spaces and Algebras, by Allan, and we're stuck. Exercise 4.5 says: Let $A$ be a normed algebra with unit sphere $S$. Let $a\in A$. ...
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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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Universal separable Banach algebras

The well-known Banach–Mazur theorem says that $C([0, 1])$ is a universal separable Banach space, in the sense that if $X$ is any separable Banach space then there is a map $f : X \to C([0, 1])$ which ...
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K theory of finite dimenional Banach algebras

Is there a reference which studied the K theory of finite dimensional Banach algebras? In particular is there a finite dimensional Banach algebra whose $K_{0}$-group is a non trivial finite group?(I ...
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$\exp(\ln(x))=x$ and $\ln(\exp(y))=y$.

Let $(A,1_A,|\cdot{}|)$ be a unital Banach algebra, for instance $A=M_n(\Bbb R)$ or $M_n(\Bbb C)$. What is the union of all open unit balls $B_{\|\cdot{}\|}$ where $\|\cdot{}\|$ ranges over all (...
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Maximal abelian subalgebra of Banach algebra is closed and contains the unit

I'm studying Murphy's book: C*-Algebras and Operator Theory, and got stuck on exercise 8 from chapter 1: "Show that if $B$ is a maximal abelian subalgebra of a unital Banach algebra $A$, then $B$ is ...
Can we find define a norm on tensor product $C(X) \otimes C(Y)$ such that the norm completion of $C(X)\otimes C(Y)=C(X\times Y)$ And can we define a norm on tensor product $L^1(X)\otimes L^1(Y)$ such ...