Functional analysis is the study of infinite-dimensional vector spaces, often with additional structures (inner product, norm, topology), with typical examples given by function spaces. The subject also includes the study of linear and non-linear operators on these spaces, as well as measure, ...

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Maximal ideal space of $c_{\mathcal{U}}$

Let $\mathcal{U}$ be an filter over $\mathbb{N}$. Define $$c_{\mathcal{U}} = \{{(x_n)\in \ell_\infty\colon \lim_{\mathcal{U}, n}x_n =0\}},$$ which is a C*-algebra. Is there an accessible topological ...
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A type of local minimum (2)

Data: $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ is an open connected (may be unbounded) set, and locally $\partial \Omega$ is a Lipschitz graph. $S \subset \partial \Omega$ is measurable and $H^{n-1}(S)>0$. ...
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Spectrum of composition of convolution and multiplication

Let $T$ be the operator from $L^2(\mathbb R^n)$ to $L^2(\mathbb R^n)$ defined as composition of convolution and multiplication, $Tf := (af) * g$ where $g$ is in $L^2$ and $a$ is a bounded function. ...
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Gradient Estimate - Question about Inequality vs. Equality sign in one part

$\DeclareMathOperator{\diam}{diam}\newcommand{\norm}[1]{\lVert#1\rVert}\newcommand{\abs}[1]{\lvert#1\rvert}$For $u \in C^{1}(\overline{\Omega})$, for $\Omega\subset \subset \mathbb{R^{n}}$ a bounded ...
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Question regarding the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem on relatively compact subsets of $L^p(\Omega)$.

Usually, the Kolmogorov-Riesz theorem is quoted for $L^p(\mathbb R^n)$, but I am looking for versions considering spaces over subsets in $\mathbb R^n$. The following is from the book "Sobolev spaces" ...
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Compact set of probability measures

I think I can solve the following exercise if X is assumed to be separable, otherwise I can't. Let $X$ be a (Hausdorff) locally compact space, $\pi\colon X \to Y$ a continuous map into a ...
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Eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{x t} g(t) dt$.

I would like to compute the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions for the Fredholm integral operator $$K(g) = \int_0^1 e^{xt} g(t) dt.$$ The sources I've checked* seem to say that the process is fairly ...
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The definition of metric space,topological space

I have read some books in analysis,all of them define metric space,topological space or vector space directly,without any reason. Therefore, I want to know the background of the definition, the ...
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Vector, Hilbert, Banach, Sobolev spaces

Trying to wrap my head around all these different spaces. Which one is the most general? Can you summarize the differences between them? Is there a notable space that I missed?
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When exactly is the dual of $L^1$ isomorphic to $L^\infty$ via the natural map?

The dual space to the Banach space $L^1(\mu)$ for a sigma-finite measure $\mu$ is $L^\infty(\mu)$, given by the correspondence $\phi \in L^\infty(\mu) \mapsto I_\phi$, where $I_\phi(f) = \int f ...
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How to prove Halmos’s Inequality

How to prove Halmos’s Inequality? If $A$ and $B$ are bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space such that $A$, or $B$, commutes with $AB-BA$ then $$\|I-(AB- BA)\|\ge 1.$$ I found it from ...
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Showing the inequality $|\alpha + \beta|^p \leq 2^{p-1}(|\alpha|^p + |\beta|^p)$

I have a small question that I think is very basic but I am unsure how to tackle since my background in computing inequalities is embarrasingly weak - I would like to show that, for a real number $p ...
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$C_c(X)$ dense in $L_1(X)$

I did the following homework, can you tell me if my answer is correct? Prove that for any $\sigma$-compact, locally compact Hausdorff space $\Omega$ equipped with a Radon measure $\mu$ the set of ...
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Non-Banach, completely metrizable normed vector space

Does there exist a normed vector space $(X,\|\cdot\|)$ over $\mathbb R$ or $\mathbb C$ such that the metric induced by the norm $(x,y)\mapsto\|x-y\|$ is not complete; but there exists some other ...
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Selfadjoint compact operator with finite trace

I have a compact selfadjoint operator $T$ on a separable Hilbert space. For some fixed orthonormal basis, the operator's diagonal is in $\ell^1(\mathbb{N})$. Can we conclude that $T$ is trace ...
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Hahn-Banach theorem: 2 versions

I have a question regarding the Hahn-Banach Theorem. Let the analytical version be defined as: Let $E$ be a vector space, $p: E \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a sublinear function and $F$ be a subspace of ...
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Metric and Topological structures induced by a norm

While proving that some normed spaces were complete, two questions came to my mind. They relate the topological and the metric structures induced by a norm. 1) Is it possible to find two equivalent ...
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Why is $L^1(\mathbb{R}^n) \cap L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ dense in $ L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$?

In Lieb and Loss's Analysis, I saw that they mentioned $L^1(\mathbb{R}^n) \cap L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ dense in $ L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ (dense wrt the $L^2$ norm, I think). But I didn't find its proof in the ...
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Relations between p norms

The p-norm is given by $||x||_{p} = (\sum_{n=1}^{\infty }|x_{n}|^{p})^{1/p}$. For $0 < p < q$, it can be shown that $||x||_{p} \geq ||x||_{q}$ (1, 2). It sppears that in $R^{n}$ a number of ...
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Tensor products of functions generate dense subspace?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two spaces in certain category, $F(\cdot)$ a functor associating each space with a function space (with certain topology). Assume that for any $f\in F(X)$ and $g\in F(Y)$, $f\otimes ...
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What is spectrum for Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?

I know very well that Laplacian in bounded domain has a discrete spectrum. How about Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?(not in some fancy-shaped unbounded domain, but the whole domain) Where can I find ...
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Equicontinuity on a compact metric space turns pointwise to uniform convergence

I know that If $\{f_n\}$ is an equicontinuous sequence, defined on a compact metric space $K$, and for all $x$, $f_n(x)\rightarrow f(x)$, then $f_n\rightarrow f$ uniformly. I'm having trouble ...
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Self adjoints and unitaries in a banach * algebra

Are the spectra of self adjoints and unitaries in banach * algebras necessarily a subset of the reals and the unit circle respectively? The proofs I know for C* algebras use the continuous functional ...
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A paradox on Hilbert spaces and their duals

I am making some elementary mistakes here. Could you please help me point out the problems? Thank you very much! Suppose on some space $H$ we have two inner products, which make $H$ after completion ...
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Properties of dual spaces of sequence spaces

Can you tell me if I got the following homework right? Nitpicking is welcome. a) Recall that $$ c_0 (\mathbb{N}) = \{ f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{C} \mid \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty } f(n) ...
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On Some Properties of Hölder Continuous Functions

The function space $H^{\alpha} (\Omega)$ for $0 < \alpha \le 1$, is the set of functions: $$\{ f \in C^0(\Omega) : \sup_{x \neq y} \dfrac{|f(x) - f(y)|}{|x-y|^{\alpha}} < \infty \}$$ with the ...
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Conceptual difference between strong and weak formulations

What are the conceptual differences in presenting a problem in strong or weak form? For example for a 2D Poisson problem the strong form is: \begin{split}- \nabla^2 u(\pmb{x}) &= ...
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Dual space of $H^1$

It holds that $W^{1,2}=H^1 \subset L^2 \subset H^{-1}$. This is clear since for every $v \in H^1(U)$ $u \rightarrow (u,v)_{H^1}$ is an element of $H^{-1}$. Moreover for every $v \in L^2(U)$ $u ...
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Norm on a Hölder's space

I want to prove that Hölder space is a Banach space under the "Hölder Norm" ie. $\|\cdot\|_{C^{k,\alpha}}$. Any hints would be appreciable .
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When is the image of a linear operator closed?

Let $X$, $Y$ be Banach spaces. Let $T:X\rightarrow Y$ be a bounded linear operator. Under what circumstances is the image of $T$ closed in $Y$ (except finite-dimensional image). In particular, I ...
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General “Hodge theorem”

I know basically zero Hodge theory, so this question might be weird. Let $$A \stackrel{S}{\longrightarrow} B \stackrel{T}{\longrightarrow} C$$ be a sequence of closed, densely defined maps of ...
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Origin of the name 'test functions'

This is a very simple question really: where did the name 'test functions', used nowadays when speaking of infinitely differentiable and compactly supported functions, come from? More to the point: is ...
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Does the Gelfand transformation on $\ell^1(\mathbb Z)$ possess a continuous inverse on its image?

I am interested in the Gelfand transformation $$ \Phi\colon\ell^1(\mathbb Z)\to\mathcal C(\mathbb T),\quad a\mapsto\sum_{n\in\mathbb Z}a_n z^n. $$ This is an injective homomorphism of Banach algebras. ...
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Do we need to identify dual spaces in PDEs?

In PDEs we often use the fact that we can identify dual spaces eg. $L^2(0,T;V)^* = L^2(0,T;V^*)$ in the sense that $$u_t + Au = f$$ where $u_t$, $f \in L^2(0,T;V^*)$ and $A:L^2(0,T;V) \to ...
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Dual of “Dual of Fréchet Space with Weak*-Topology” Equals Dual of “Dual of Fréchet Space with Topology of Compact Convergence”

Let $X$ be a Fréchet space. I know that: Closed convex, balanced, hulls of compact subsets of $X$ are compact. Let ${X^*}$ denote the (topological) dual space. I know that: ${X^*}$ is also the ...
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Is the identity map $id: H^2(-\pi,\pi) \to L^2(-\pi,\pi)$ Hilbert-Schmidt?

Let $H_1, H_2$ be Hilbert spaces. A linear operator $A: H_1 \to H_2$ is Hilbert-Schmidt iff for some orthonormal basis $\lbrace e_n : ~ n \in \mathbb{N} \rbrace$ of $H_1$ the sum $\sum_{n \in ...
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An application of J.-L. Lion's Lemma

Let $X,Y$ and $Z$ be three Banach spaces with norms $\|\cdot\|_X$, $\|\cdot\|_Y$,$\|\cdot\|_Z$. Assume that $X\subset Y$ with compact "injection" and that $Y\subset Z$ with continuous injection. Then ...
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Completeness of a finite direct sum of closed subspaces of $L^2$

Let $X_1$ and $X_2$ be real-valued square-integrable random variables defined on a probability space $(\Omega, {\cal F},P)$. For $i=1,2$, set $$ A_i := \{g(X_i)\in L^2 \mid g \text{ is some Borel ...
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Does the shift operator on $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$ have a logarithm?

Consider the Hilbert space $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$, i.e., the space of all sequences $\ldots,a_{-2},a_{-1},a_0,a_1,a_2,\ldots$ of complex numbers such that $\sum_n |a_n|^2 < \infty$ with the usual ...
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Definition of Banach limit

In my Bachelor Thesis I have defined a Banach limit as a functional $LIM: l^\infty (\mathbb{N})\rightarrow \mathbb R$ that has the following properties: B1 If $(x_n)$ is a convergent sequence, then ...
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supremum of $\int |\int f(x)-f(y)\,dy| \,dx $.

Let $A_k$, $k\in \mathbb{N}$, be the family of $C^\infty([0,1])$ functions defined by $$ A_k=\{||f^{(j)}||_{\infty}\le 1,\;\;0\le j \le k \} $$ where $||\cdot||_{\infty}$ denotes the supremum norm ...
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Mazur's Lemma (can't find a proof anywhere)

If we have a normed vector space $X$, and $x_n \to x$ weakly, then it's clear how to show there's a sequence $y_n \to x$ strongly (since the weak closure and strong closure of a convex set coincide, ...
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The dual of a Fréchet space.

Let $\mathcal{F}$ be a Fréchet space (locally convex, Hausdorff, metrizable, with a family of seminorms ${\|~\|_n}$). I've read that the dual $\mathcal{F}^*$ is never a Fréchet space, unless ...
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On Pitt's theorem

The famous Pitt's theorem asserts that if $p>q$ then each bounded operator $T\colon \ell^p\to\ell^q$ is compact. Since $\ell^p$ and $\ell^q$ are incomparable ($p\neq q$, $p,q\geq 1$), each operator ...
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The spectrum of a product of operators

Suppose $A,B\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$, where $\mathcal{H}$ is an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. In general, we know that there is no relationship between $\sigma(AB)$ and $\sigma(A)$ and ...
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An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $.

This is a problem from Conway’s Functional Analysis: Definition An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $ is a scalar $ \lambda $ such that there is a sequence of unit vectors $ x_{n} \in X $ ...
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Eigenfunctions of the Helmholtz equation in Toroidal geometry

the Helmholtz equation $$\Delta \psi + k^2 \psi = 0$$ has a lot of fundamental applications in physics since it is a form of the wave equation $\Delta\phi - c^{-2}\partial_{tt}\phi = 0$ with an ...
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Lebesgue space and weak Lebesgue space

Let $1\le p<\infty$. We define the weak Lebesgue space $wL^p(\mathbb{R}^d)$ as the set of all measurable functions $f$ on $\mathbb{R}^d$ such that \begin{equation} \|f\|_{wL^p}=\sup_{\gamma>0} ...
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Problem 21 - Trotter theorem , Reed and Simon

This problem if from Methods of modern mathematical physics I :Functional Analysis, by Reed and Simon: Problem 21: Let $\{A_n\}$ be a sequence of selfadjoint operators on a Hilbert space $H$, and let ...
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What are the “right” spaces for the Laplace transform

There are for example several canonical spaces to define the Fourier transform (i.e. Schwartz's space). Is there also a particularly suitable space to define the Laplace transform, so that the Laplace ...