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What is “Bra” and “Ket” notation and how does it relate to Hilbert spaces?

This is my first semester of quantum mechanics and higher mathematics and I am completely lost. I have tried to find help at my university, browsed similar questions on this site, looked at my ...
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Connections between metrics, norms and scalar products (for understanding e.g. Banach and Hilbert spaces)

I am trying to understand the differences between $$ \begin{array}{|l|l|l|} \textbf{vector space} & \textbf{general} & \textbf{+ completeness}\\\hline \text{metric}& \text{metric ...
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What do mathematicians mean by “equipped”

I am a mathematical illiterate so I do not know what people mean when they say equipped. For example, I say that Hilbert space is a vector space equipped with a inner product. What does that ...
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Over ZF, does “every Hilbert space have a basis” imply AC?

I know there is a similar result due to Blass [1] that over ZF, "every vector space has a (Hamel) basis" implies AC. Looking around, however, I can't find any results on the question for Hilbert ...
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Given two basis sets for a finite Hilbert space, does an unbiased vector exist?

Let $\{A_n\}$ and $\{B_n\}$ be two bases for an $N$-dimensional Hilbert space. Does there exist a unit vector $V$ such that: $$(V\cdot A_j)\;(A_j\cdot V) = (V\cdot B_j)\;(B_j\cdot V) = 1/N\;\;\; \ \...
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If $\sum a_n b_n <\infty$ for all $(b_n)\in \ell^2$ then $(a_n) \in \ell^2$

I'm trying to prove the following: If $(a_n)$ is a sequence of positive numbers such that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n b_n<\infty$ for all sequences of positive numbers $(b_n)$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^\...
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Finding the adjoint of an operator

This is from my homework, I'm totally lost as to how to proceed. Consider the operator $T: L^2([0,1]) \rightarrow L^2([0,1])$ defined by $(Tf)(x) = \int^x_0 f(s) \ ds$ What is the adjoint of $T$? ...
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How to interpret the adjoint?

Let $V \neq \{\mathbf{0}\}$ be a inner product space, and let $f:V \to V$ be a linear transformation on $V$. I understand the definition1 of the adjoint of $f$ (denoted by $f^*$), but I can't say I ...
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Is a closed set with the “unique nearest point” property convex?

A friend of mind had a question that I couldn't answer. It is well-known that if $K$ is a closed, convex subset of a Hilbert space $H$ (say over the reals) then, for any point $p \in H$, there exists ...
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Is there a constructive proof of this characterization of $\ell^2$?

I would like to revisit this question, which can be equivalently stated as: Proposition. Let $(a_n)$ be a sequence of real (or complex) numbers such that $\sum a_n b_n$ converges for every $(b_n) ...
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An orthonormal set cannot be a basis in an infinite dimension vector space?

I'm reading the Algebra book by Knapp and he mentions in passing that an orthonormal set in an infinite dimension vector space is "never large enough" to be a vector-space basis (i.e. that every ...
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Correct spaces for quantum mechanics

The general formulation of quantum mechanics is done by describing quantum mechanical states by vectors $|\psi_t(x)\rangle$ in some Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and describes their time evolution by ...
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How to prove that an operator is compact?

Consider $T\colon\ell^2\to\ell^2$ an operator such that $Te_k=\lambda_k e_k$ with $\lambda_k\to 0$ as $k \to \infty$ how to prove that it is compact?
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What really is ''orthogonality''?

I know that we can define two vectors to be orthogonal only if they are elements of a vector space with an inner product. So, if $\vec x$ and $\vec y$ are elements of $\mathbb{R}^n$ (as a real ...
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Operator norm and tensor norms

I have a linear operator $A\in\mathcal{L}(X,Y)$ where $X$ and $Y$ are some Banach spaces (or Hilbert spaces would also do, if that simplifies the answer.). The operator norm of $A$ is given by $$ \|A\...
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The direct sum of two closed subspace is closed? (Hilbert space)

I know that if $X$ is a Banach space, then, the direct sum of two closed subspace $X_1$ and $X_2$ is not necessarily closed. But what if $X$ is Hilbert? I assume there is something to do with the ...
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Different versions of Riesz Theorems

In Wikipedia, there are three versions of Riesz theorems: 1 The Hilbert space representation theorem for the (continuous) dual space of a Hilbert space; 2 The representation theorem for ...
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Intersection between orthogonal complement of a subspace and a set

Consider the normed vector space $E=\mathbb{R}^n$. Define $ P=\{x \in \mathbb{R}^n: x_i \geq 0, \forall i \}$. Let $M$ be a subspace such that $M \cap P = \{0\}$. I want to see that $M^\perp \cap {\...
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Is there a concept of a “free Hilbert space on a set”?

I am looking for a "good" definition of a Hilbert space with a distinct orthonormal basis (in the Hilbert space sense) such that each basis element corresponds to an element of a given set $X$. Before ...
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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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Meaning of “kernel”

In analysis, there are at least three kinds of "kernel" concepts: In probability theory, there is a concept called transition probability, also called probability kernel, from one measure space $X$ ...
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Why isn't every element of the spectrum an eigenvalue? (Where is the error in my proof?)

My book defines the spectrum like this: Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space, let $I \in B(H)$ be the identity operator and let $T \in B(H)$. The spectrum of $T$, denoted $\sigma(T)$, is defined ...
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orthonormal system in a Hilbert space

Let $\{e_n\}$ be an orthonormal basis for a Hilbert space $H$. Let $\{f_n\}$ be an orthonormal set in $H$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}{\|f_n-e_n\|}<1$. How do I show that $\{f_n\}$ is also an ...
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How are Hilbert Space methods used in number theory?

In N. Young's book An Introduction to Hilbert Space, there is an interlude in which the author remarks that the theory of Hilbert spaces is "routinely used in differential geometry, complex analysis, ...
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Quantization of angular momentum: is Dirac's proof wrong?

I'm trying to understand the physicist's proof of the theorem on the spectral structure of angular momentum operators (I'm being told that this proof is due to Dirac). I will refer to Ballentine's ...
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Every Hilbert space operator is a combination of projections

I am reading a paper on Hilbert space operators, in which the authors used a surprising result Every $X\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is a finite linear combination of orthogonal projections. The ...
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How to Prove the Semi-parametric Representer Theorem

This question concerns the generalized Representer Theorem, due to Schölkopf, Herbrich, and Smola. In this magnificent work, the authors provide two versions of the Representer Theorem, a non-...
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Measure on Hilbert Space

On $\mathbb{R}^n$, we of course have the usual Lebesgue meausre. In many ways, separable, infinite-dimesional Hilbert space is the most natural generalization of $\mathbb{R}^n$ to infinite-dimensions,...
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How to show that this set is compact in $\ell^2$

Let $(a_n)_{n}\in\ell^2:=\ell^2(\mathbb{R})$ be a fixed sequence. Consider the subspace $$C=\{(x_n)_{n}\in\ell^2 : |x_n|\le a_n\text{ for all }n\in\mathbb{N}\}.$$ According to the book [Dunford and ...
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Proving an inequality with Cauchy-Schwarz

In the "User's guide to viscosity solutions" by Crandall, Ishii and Lions (link), they make the following claim (inequality (A.4) p. 58) : Given $x$, $\xi$ $\in \mathbb{R}^n$, $A \in \cal{S}(n)$ (...
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Isometric to Dual implies Hilbertable?

Let $X$ be a Banach space and suppose that $X$ is isometric to its continuous dual space $X^*$. Must $X$ be hilbertable in the sense that there exists an inner product which induces the norm on $X$? ...
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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 http://...
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Trace class for operators

Let $ \mathcal{H} $ be a Hilbert space and $ T: \mathcal{H} \to \mathcal{H} $ a bounded linear operator. The $ n $-th singular number $ {\mu_{n}}(T) $ of $ T $ is defined as the distance from $ T $ to ...
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Criteria of compactness of an operator

Suppose $K$ is a linear operator in a separable Hilbert space $H$ such that for any Hilbert basis $\{e_i\}$ of $H$ we have $\lim_{i,j \to \infty} (Ke_i,e_j) = 0$. Is it true that $K$ is compact? ...
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Weak Formulations and Lax Milgram:

I have a question on how to put a PDE into weak form, and more importantly, how to properly choose the space of test functions. I know that for an elliptic problem, we want to start with a problem ...
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What is the use of Spectral Theorem?

Obviously the version for compact and self-adjoint linear operators on Hilbert Spaces is very useful since it decomposes the operators into orthogonal projections. However, the following more general ...
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Is $\int |x\rangle \langle x|dx$ Mathematical?

I am enrolling in a Quantum Mechanics class. As we all know, the formulation of the basic ideas from QM relies heavily on the notion of Hilbert Space. I decide to take the course since it might help ...
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Commuting operators and polar decomposition

Suppose that $V$ is an isometry and $X$ an arbitrary operator on a Hilbert space $H$. Let $X=U|X|$ be the polar decomposition for $X$. If $VX=XV$, can I conclude that $VU=UV$?
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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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When is a function of the largest eigenvalue continuous and/or differentiable?

I want to understand why the following function, the largest eigenvalue of a symmetric linear operator, is continuous and Gâteaux differentiable. \begin{equation*} \lambda(V)=\sup_{f \in \ell^2(I):\ \...
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Theoretical Basis for Eigenvalue transformation on Bessel's Equation

The method I've been taught for finding all of the eigenvalue solutions to Bessel's operator $$b(f)\equiv f''(x)+\frac{1}{x}f'(x)$$ goes as follows. Let $g(a)=f(\sqrt{\lambda}x)$. Then $$b(g)=\lambda ...
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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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Orthogonal complement of a Hilbert Space

I have this problem: Let $S$ be a subset of a Hilbert $H$ and let $M$ be the closed subspace generated by $S$. Show that $M^{\perp} = S^{\perp}$ $M = (S^{\perp})^{\perp}$ if $V$ is a subspace of $H$...
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Isomorphisms of inner-product spaces

I think I understand why all finite-dimensional vector spaces over a field $\mathbb{K}$ are isomorphic to $\mathbb{K}^n$. Any linear map $T: V \rightarrow W$ between finite-dimensional vector spaces ...
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Transforming a distance function to a kernel

Fix a domain $X$: Let $d : X \times X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a distance function on $X$, with the properties $d(x,y) = 0 \iff x = y$ for all $x,y$ $d(x,y) = d(y,x)$ for all $x,y$ Optionally, $...
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Conjecture: the function $d(x, y):=\frac{||x-y||}{\max(||x||, ||y||)}$ is a distance

I make the following conjecture: the function $$ d(x, y):=\frac{||x-y||}{\max(||x||, ||y||)} $$ is a distance on $H$, where $H$ is a normed vector space or a Hilbert space, and $x, y \in H$ (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 \mathbb{...
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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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Physical (Quantum Mechanical) Significance of completeness of Hilbert Spaces.

I'm not sure if the question is very 'mathematical',but I'm asking any way. I have a basic knowledge of quantum mechanics and I'm studying Hilbert spaces. I was wondering what is the physical ...
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Is every Banach space densely embedded in a Hilbert space?

Can every Banach space be densely embedded in a Hilbert space? This is clear if the Banach space is actually a Hilbert space, but much can you relax this? If the embedding exists, is the target ...