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Adjoint of multiplication by $z$ in the Bergman space

I am learning Hilbert space theory from Halmos' "Introduction to Hilbert space and the theory of spectral multiplicity". While talking about understanding adjoints (p. 39), he calls special ...
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Approximation of bounded and continuous mappings

Does anyone know if we can approximate a bounded (i.e. bounded sets in V are mapped to bounded sets in V': for every bounded $U\subseteq V$ and $x\in U$, there exists $K_U>0$ such that ...
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Does a symmetric operator on a Hilbert space have a symmetric adjoint?

Suppose we have a linear operator $T$, densely-defined on some Hilbert space. If $T$ is symmetric (i.e., $T^*$ extends $T$: notationally, $T\subseteq T^*$) does it follow that $T^*$ is also symmetric ...
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A baby version of the Stein-Cotlar almost-orthogonality lemma

The following is an exercise from Stein and Shakarchi's Real Analysis. Suppose $\{T_k\}$ is a collection of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$, each with norm at most $1$. Suppose also that ...
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Is $H^1(M) \subset L^2(M) \subset H^{-1}(M)$ a Hilbert triple for $M$ a manifold with boundary?

Is $H^1(M) \subset L^2(M) \subset H^{-1}(M)$ a Hilbert triple for $M$ a manifold with boundary? What smoothness is required of the boundary? I would be grateful for some references to this.
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Orthonormal basis for Sobolev Spaces

Sobolev spaces of order 2 are known to form a Hilbert space. Consider such a Sobolev space of (order 2) functions on the domain $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. What is an example for the basis ...
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$L^{2}$ functions

Let $f(x)$ be a continuous function for all $x\in \mathbb R$, such that $f\in L^{2}(\mathbb R)$ (i.e., $\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}|f(x)|^{2}dx<\infty$), and define $$f_{o}(x):=\sup_{|x-y|\leq ...
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Hilbert Schmidt integral operator

Hilbert-Schmidt Integral operators are usually defined from $H=L_2[a,b]$ into $H=L_2[a,b]$ as $$(Tf)(x) = \int_a^b K(x,y)f(y) dy,$$ provided that $K(x,y)$ is a Hilbert Schmidt kernel, namely ...
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Is this space a Hilbert Space?

I have a space of continuously differentiable functions on [a, b] with the dot product defined in this way: $ x \cdot y = \int_a^b \! [x(t)y(t) + x'(t)y'(t)] \, \mathrm{d}t. $ Is this space a Hilbert ...
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Matrix Representation of Operators in Infinite Dimensional (Separable) Hilbert Spaces

Suppose we have a separable Hilbert space (thus with a countable basis) and that we to represent an operator in matrix form, i.e: $$A: H \rightarrow H \\ \; \; \; \; \; \;x \;\rightarrow \sum_{j \in ...
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Using Lax Milgram to find a weak solution in an intersection of Sobolev spaces

I am trying to prove the existence of a weak solution of the problem: $$ -\Delta^2 u = f \in L^2(U)\\ \\ u|_{\partial U}=\Delta u|_{\partial U} = 0 $$ on the bounded open set $U\subset\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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Brownian Motion Covariance: max instead of min

It is known that $\operatorname{Cov}(B_t,B_s)=\min(t,s)$ where $B$ is Brownian motion. Can one think of an Ito process or integral (preferrably plain Gaussian process) $W$ such that ...
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Show $T$ is compact

$H$ and $K$ are Hilbert Spaces, $(u_n)$ and $(v_n)$ are sequences in $H$ and $K$ respectively. $\sum_{n=1}^{n=\infty} \|u_n\|\|v_n\| $ converges. $T\colon H\rightarrow K$ is defined by ...
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Does this sequence of operators converge in norm or strongly?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $\mathcal{L}(H)$ the set of all bounded linear operators $L:H\to H$, equiped with the usual norm $\|\cdot\|_{\mathcal{L}}$. Let $T:D(T)\subset H\to H$ be a ...
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Is there an orthonormal basis for $L_2[0,1]$ consisting of convex functions?

Is there an orthonormal basis $\{\phi_{\alpha}\}$ for the space $L_2[0,1]$ of square-integrable functions from $[0,1]$ to $\mathbb{R}$ such that every $\phi_{\alpha}$ is convex? Edit: A helpful ...
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Prove or disprove this argument

Let $L>0$ and let $\Omega$ be the set of all integrable functions from $[0,L]$ to $]0,+\infty[$. For all $\varphi, \psi \in \Omega$ define $\left \langle \varphi,\psi \right ...
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Don't understand this proof of equivalence of weak solutions to PDE

I'm trying to understand the proof that (c) implies (a) here in the following proposition (here, $\mathcal{V} = L^2(0,T;V)$). See the very last line in the image for that part: $$$$ $$$$ I give here ...
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the basis for the Sobolev space $H^1_0([0,1],\mathbb{R})$

According to the Sturm-Liouville theorem, for any continuous function $p\in\mathcal{C}^0([0,1],\mathbb{R})$, there is a Hilbert basis (normlised) $(\psi_n)_{n\geq1}$ of $L^2([0,1],\mathbb{R})$ such ...
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Is this a spectral decomposition/embedding/isometry?

Given a symmetric p.s.d matrix G, we know that a gram matrix/inner-product representation, X exists where $G=X^TX$ and $X=U\lambda^{1/2}$ via the eigen decomposition of $G$. Now if I take the same ...
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Conditions for the sequence being weakly convergent

Let $H=\ell_2$ be the Hilbert space of the square-summable sequences where $$ \langle x,y\rangle=\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}x_iy_i, \quad \|x\|=\sqrt{\langle x,x\rangle}. $$ Let $F: H\rightarrow H$ be an ...
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Why is the numerical range of an operator convex?

Let $T$ be a Hilbert space operator. Its numerical range is \begin{equation} W(T)=\{\langle Tx,x\rangle:\|x\|=1\}.\end{equation} It is a well-known fact that $W(T)$ is a convex subset of the complex ...
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Sum of operator and adjoint is self-adjoint

In abstract Hodge theory there is the following lemma: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $A \in \mathcal{C}(H)$ a densely defined, closed operator (so possibly unbounded) and $A^*$ its adjoint operator. ...
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Bounded operator that does not attain its norm

What is a bounded operator on a Hilbert space that does not attain its norm? An example in $L^2$ or $l^2$ would be preferred. All of the simple examples I have looked at (the identity operator, the ...
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Boundedness of operator on Hilbert space

I have the following question: let $\mathcal{H}$ be a Hilbert space and $\{\varphi_{i}\}_{i \in \mathbb{N}}$ be an orthonormal basis. Furthermore let $T: \mathcal{H} \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be an ...
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A counterexample to theorem about orthogonal projection

Can someone give me an example of noncomplete inner product space $H$, its closed linear subspace of $H_0$ and element $x\in H$ such that there is no orthogonal projection of $x$ on $H_0$. In other ...
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Soft Question Hilbert Space Geometry

Just a quick question about the geometry of Hilbert spaces from an intuitive standpoint. Maybe just assuming we're working with $L^2$ would simplify the situation. Basically, in something like ...
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Is this operator bounded? Hilbert space projection

Let $V \subset H$ be Hilbert spaces (different inner products) with $V$ dense in $H$. Let $b_n$ be an orthonormal basis for $H$ and an orthogonal basis for $V$. Define $$P_n:H \to ...
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A counterexample on the existence of some sequence in Hilbert space

I want to find a uniformly bounded sequence $\{x_n\}$ in $l^2(\mathbb{C})$ such that $x_n$ does not converge to zero in weak topology, i.e., $\exists ~y\in l^2(\mathbb{C}),$ such that $\langle y, ...
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Do all angles occur in Hilbert spaces?

Let $X$ be a Hilbert space with scalar product $(\cdot,\cdot)$. Then for two vectors $v,w$ of norm $1$, we can interpret $(v,w)$ as an angle, so that $(v,w)=\cos(\varphi)$ for a unique angle ...
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$f$ an isometry from a hilbert space $H$ to itself such that $f(0)=0$ then $f$ linear.

This question was on an exam and I am not sure how to answer it. I mostly tried writing zero in different ways and tried lots of algebra to get something out. I also tried to use the fact that $H$ is ...
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Paradox or Error: On the inclusion of dense subspaces into Hilbert spaces

the following observations are very simple, but I suppose they contain an error, which I haven't been able to find it so far. Maybe somebody can help how to fix it: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $U$ be ...
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Hilbert-Schmidt Operator

We have just covered Hilbert-Schmidt operators in class (which I missed) and I am having a hard time getting my head around them. I know the definition: If $H$ is a Hilbert space and ...
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$A^2$ self-adjoint and Compact, prove $A$ has an eigenvalue

Suppose $H$ is a Hilbert space and $A \in L(H)$ is such that $A^2$ is compact and self-adjoint. Prove that $A$ has an eigenvalue. (Here $L(H)$ is the set of bounded linear operators on a Hilbert ...
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Normal $T\in B(H)$ has a nontrivial invariant subspace

I am wondering if the following is true: Every normal $T\in B(H)$ has a nontrivial invariant subspace if $\dim(H)>1$?
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Subspaces of Hilbert Spaces of finite dimension

Given a Hilbert space $H$ of finite dimension, why is any subspace of this space closed? I tried bashing out an answer using an arbitrary Cauchy sequence $\{ f_1 , f_2, \ldots \} \subset S \subset H $ ...
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How to conclude $\Re $ is zero?

I'm in a Hilbert space $H$ and for $z,v, h \in H$ and $t \in \mathbb C$ I have $$ \|z\|^2 \leq \|h−(tv+y)\|^2 = \|z−tv\|^2 =\|z\|^2 −2\Re(t⟨v,z⟩)+|t|^2\|v\|^2$$ According to my notes it follows ...
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A linearly independent, countable dense subset of $l^2(\mathbb{N})$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does there exist a linear independent and dense subset? I am looking for an example of a countable dense subset of the Hilbert space $l^2(\mathbb{N})$ consisting of ...
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Continuation of Linear Operator in Hilbert spaces

First of all, here is the assignment: Let $X$ be a Hilbert space over $\mathbb{C}$, $V \subseteq X$ be a closed subspace and $f \in L(V, \mathbb{C}) $ a linear continuous operator. Show that ...
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How to characterize self-adjoint operators in terms of orthogonal diagonalizability

Have a look at the following excerpt of Tosio Kato (taken from Zeidler Applied functional analysis vol. I): The fundamental quality required of operators representing physical quantities in ...
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Definitions of adjoints (functional analysis vs category thy)

If I have a linear operator $f$ on a Hilbert space, then I define the adjoint of $f$ to be $f^*$ where, $(fx,y)=(x,f^*y)$ for all $x,y$. I am confused because this definitions is very different to ...
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Norm of a $2\times 2$ matrix as a Hilbert space operator

Work in the Hilbert space $\mathbb C^2$. Let $$A = \begin{bmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \\ \end{bmatrix} $$ be a matrix with entries in $\mathbb C$, and let $A$ ...
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Norms involving positive operators

Let's say we have $A \leq B$. Is it then true that $||Ax|| \leq ||Bx||$ (where $x, A, B$ all belong to the same finite-dimensional Hilbert space $H$)?
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Is this function positive?

I was wondering if: $$\int_0^1x(t)\int_0^tx(s)ds\ dt$$ is positive for a general $x\in L_2[0,1]$ . Can you help me with this?
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Showing that the orthogonal projection in a Hilbert space is compact iff the subspace is finite dimensional

Suppose that we have a Hilbert Space $H$ and $M$ is a closed subspace of $H$. Let $T\colon H\rightarrow M$ be the orthogonal projection onto $M$. I have to show that $T$ is compact iff $M$ is finite ...
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Weak and pointwise convergence in a $L^2$ space

Let $I$ be a measured space (typically an interval of $\Bbb R$ with the Lebesgue measure), and let $(f_n)_n$ a sequence of function of $L^2(I)$. Assume that the sequence $(f_n)$ converge pointwise ...
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Reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces and the isomorphism theorem

A reproducing kernel Hilbert space is a Hilbert space in which the evaluation functional $L_x : f \rightarrow f(x)$ is continuous. By continuity, the Riesz representation theorem says that this ...
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Summation of inner products

I can't seem to find a way of asking a sub-question in relation to does linearity of inner product hold for infinite sum, which is in itself too generic a question for my purposes. Could someone ...
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Basic Quantum Mechanics Concepts with Continuous Spectra

The following are a couple excerpts of the first chapter of Sakurai and Napolitano, Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition: Prior to these formulas, the text discusses the fundamental mathematics ...
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Hermitian matrices and great circles

I am considering parameterised curves in an $n$-dimensional complex vector space, given by the solution to the discrete Schrödinger equation: $$ |\psi\rangle(t) = e^{-iHt}|\psi_0\rangle, $$ Where $H$ ...
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Showing $\mathcal{H}$ is a hilbert space.

So this is an early exercise in Conway's A Course In Functional Analysis. I'm trying to get to grips with this upto open mapping and closed graph to see if I want to do any more functional analysis. ...