Locally compact groups are among the main objects of study of abstract harmonic analysis. They arise e.g. in number theory, abstract Fourier analysis, representation theory, Lie theory, operator theory, etc. Their main property is the existence and uniqueness of Haar measure. Please combine with ...

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Properties of Haar measure

Let $G$ be a locally compact group (but not discrete) and let $m$ be its left Haar measure. Is it true that $\forall \epsilon$ $\exists$ $C$ such that $C$ is a compact neighborhood of the identity and ...
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A net version of dominated convergence?

Let $G$ be a locally compact Hausdorff Abelian topological group. Let $\mu$ be a Haar measure on $G$, i.e. a regular translation invariant measure. Let $f$ be fixed in $\mathcal{L}^1(G, \mu)$. ...
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subgroup of connected locally compact group

I need a reference or a short proof for the following property: A nontrivial connected locally compact group $G$ contains an infinite abelian subgroup.
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Stone-Weierstrass implies Fourier expansion

To prove the existence of Fourier expansion, I have to solve the following exercise, which supposedly follows from the Stone-Weierstrass theorem: Let $G$ be a compact abelian topological group ...
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Theorem of Steinhaus

The Steinhaus theorem says that if a set $A \subset \mathbb R^n$ is of positive inner Lebesgue measure then $\operatorname{int}{(A+A)} \neq \emptyset$. Is it true that also $\operatorname{int}{(tA+(1-...
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Translation-invariant metric on locally compact group

Let $G$ be a locally compact group on which there exists a Haar measure, etc.. Now I am supposed to take such a metrisable $G$, and given the existence of some metric on $G$, prove that there exists ...
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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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Local-Global Principle and the Cassels statement.

In a recent article I have read, i.e. " Lecture notes on elliptic curves ", Prof.Cassels remarks in page-110 that There is not merely a local-global principle for curves of genus-$0$, but ...
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Positive definite function zoo

A positive definite function $\varphi: G \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ on a group $G$ is a function that arises as a coefficient of a unitary representation of $G$. For a definition and discussion of ...
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Why do characters on a subgroup extend to the whole group?

As background, I am trying to do exercise 3.10 in Deitmar's "Principles of Harmonic Analysis." I can do most of the problem but I'm stuck on the third part proving surjectivity. Given a locally ...
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Convolution of matrix coefficients is also a matrix coefficients

I have a question about the convolution of matrix coefficients as follows: Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. A Map $f:G\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is called a matrix coefficient if there is a finite ...
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Subgroups of a vector space

I would like to have an overview of how a subgroup of a vector space over $\mathbb R$ of dimension $n$ can look like. Is there a complete classification available? I know that there are for examples ...
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Young's inequality for discrete convolution

Young's inequality for convolution of functions states that for $f\in L^p(\mathbb{R}^d)$ and $g\in L^q(\mathbb{R}^d)$ we have $$\|f\star g\|_r\le\|f\|_p\|g\|_q$$ for $p$, $q$, $r$ satisfying $$\...
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Does a lattice in $SL_n(\mathbb R)$ which is contained in $SL_n(\mathbb Z)$ have finite index in $SL_n(\mathbb Z)$?

A lattice $H$ in a locally compact group $G$ is a discrete subgroup such that the coset space $G/H$ admits a finite $G$-invariant measure. I have read several places that any lattice H in $SL_n(\...
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Haar measure on O(n) or U(n)

Every locally compact group has left-invariants haar measures. In particular, the compact groups O(n) and U(n) have them. I was wondering if there is a realization of such a measure on these groups, ...
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Reduced $C^*$-algebra of a direct product of locally compact groups

Is it true that $$C^*_r(G_1\times G_2)=C^*_r(G_1)\otimes_{\min}C^*_r(G_2)$$ for locally compact groups $G_1$ and $G_2$? I have managed to prove that it holds for discrete groups (see below), but as ...
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Extensions and Kazhdan's Property (T)

Is Kazhdan's property (T) stable under extensions? i.e. if $G$ is an extension of a group with property (T) by a group with property (T), does it follow that $G$ has property (T)?
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More on the versions of the Peter-Weyl theorem

The following three statements appear analogous: For a finite group $G$, the group algebra $\mathbb C[G]$ decomposes as $\bigoplus_{V {\rm\ irred}} V^* \otimes V$. (Peter-Weyl) For a compact group ...
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Surjective endomorphism preserves Haar measure

How to prove the following statement: Let $G$ be a compact topological group and let $m$ be the Haar measure on it. Let $\varphi$ be a continuous endomorphism of $G$ onto $G$, i.e., the map $\varphi$ ...
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how many group structures make $S^1$ a topological group?

let $S^1$ be the subspace of $R^2$ given the usual topology. How many group structures make $S^1$ a topological group?
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Is there any relation between a group being unimodular and having equivalent uniform structures?

Recall: A topological group is said to have equivalent uniform structures if its left and right uniform structures coincide. A locally compact group is said to be unimodular if left Haar measures and ...
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Examples of nilpotent connected locally compact groups which are not Lie groups

I am looking for examples of nilpotent connected (or at least almost connected) locally compact groups which are not Lie groups. Do you know of such examples ?
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Why do we want *unitary* representations of locally compact groups into $B(H)$?

This is related to a previous question of mine but I have a more philosophical issue with the material. Everywhere I have looked for representations of locally compact groups into $B(H)$, everyone ...
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$\sigma$- compact clopen subgroup.

I am given $G$ locally compact group, and I want to show that there exists a clopen subgroup $H$ of $G$ that is $\sigma$-compact. So here's what I did so far: for $e \in U$, where $U$ is a nbhd of ...
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Compact group actions and automatic properness

I am currently re-reading a course on basic algebraic topology, and I am focussing on the parts that I feel I had very little understanding of. There is one exercise in the chapter devoted to groups ...
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Finding an open set for a topological group

Let $G$ be a locally compact topological group, $K$ a compact subgroup and $\Gamma$ a discrete subgroup. I try to find a neighbourhood $U$ of the identity such that $\Gamma \cap UK = \Gamma \cap K$. ...
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Left regular representation of $L^1(G)$ for a locally compact group $G$

Let $G$ be a locally compact group (not discrete) and let $L$ be the left regular representation of $A = L^1(G)$ on itself i.e. $L: A \to \mathcal{B}(A)$ where $L(f): A \to A$, $L(f)(g) = f*g$. I want ...
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Is the ring of integers of a local field an open subgroup?

I apologize if my question is a bit naive, but I don't have much experience in number theory and sometimes get very confused. Suppose $K$ is a non-archimedean local field (essentially a completion of ...
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Why are locally compact groups Weil complete?

Why are locally compact groups Weil complete? Note: A topological group $G$ is Weil complete if every left Cauchy net in $G$ is convergent. Thank you, and sorry if I have bad writing.
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Restriction of irreducible unitary representation to normal subgroup of finite index [migrated]

Let $G$ be a Lie group (or more generally a locally compact group), let $N$ be a closed and normal subgroup of $G$ of finite index. Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional complex Hilbert space, and let $\...
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Functorial construction of the convolution algebra of measures on a group

Let $G$ be a lcoally compact group and $C_c(G) = \lim_{K \subset G} C(K)$ its space of continuous functions with compact support endowed with the topology of the limit of banach spaces $C(K)$ with $K$ ...
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Haar measure on a profinite group is the inverse limit of the counting measure on its quotients?

I've heard this a few times now, though I've never seen a precise result. I guess the precise statement would be close to: Let $N_i$ be a basis normal subgroup neighborhoods of the identity in a ...
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Showing a measure on a locally compact group is left invariant

I am trying to verify that the measure $\frac{1}{|x|}dx$ is a Haar measure on $\mathbb{R}\backslash \{0\}$. For every open interval $(a_{n},b_{n})\subset \mathbb{R}$ not containing $0$, I have that ...
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Uniqueness of Haar Measures

Haar measure on a LCA (locally compact abelian) group $G$ is said to be unique ... up to a scaling factor. This is not as elegant as it might be expected because this requires a choice of a unit ...
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Steinhaus theorem in topological groups

Let $(G,\cdot)$ be a locally compact Abelian topological group with Haar measure. It is known that if $B$ is a measurable subset of $G$ of finite and positive Haar measure then $int(B \cdot B)\neq \...
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Shifting a function is continuous

I'm slightly puzzled by the following: if $g(t)$ is a function in $L^q(X)$ then we can show that $g(t-x)$ is continuous function of $t$, i.e. for $\varepsilon > 0$ we can find $\delta$ such that $d(...
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Can Haar Measures Exist On Not Locally Compact Spaces?

In a reading course on measure theory this semester I had the pleasure of preparing a lecture covering the existence-uniqueness of Haar measure on locally compact groups. Since the proofs (as ...
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Is there a formula for the Haar measure on a product of groups?

Let $ (G_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}} $ be a sequence of locally compact topological groups with a corresponding sequence $ (\mu_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}} $ of Haar measures. Is there a way to construct a ...
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Bounded approximate identities in one-sided ideals of $L_1(G)$

Let $G$ be a locally compact group and consider its $L_1$-group algebra, that is, $L_1(G)$. It is easily seen that $L_1(G)$ has a two-sided bounded approximate identity: just use a basis of compact ...
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Haar measure of quotient group

Suppose $G$ is a (Hausdorff) compact group with normalised Haar measure $\mu$, and that $H\trianglelefteq G$ is a closed normal subgroup. Is it true that the pushforward of $\mu$ to $G/H$ is the ...
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Why is $L^{1}(G)$ unital if and only if $G$ is discrete?

I've seen it stated in several sources and lecture notes for Abstract Harmonic Analysis that for a locally compact group $G$, $L^{1}(G)$ is unital if and only if $G$ is discrete. What about the ...
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Locally compact infinite dihedral group

Is there any topology other than discrete which can be given to an infinite dihedral group to make it locally compact topological group? If no, why is it so?
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Non-discrete locally compact group

Why every non-discrete locally compact group contains a nontrivial convergent sequence?
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If both $H$ and $G/H$ are locally compact then $G$ is locally compact (topological Group)

How do I prove this statement? Let $G$ be a Topological group and let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$, if both $H$ and $G/H$ are locally compact then $G$ is locally compact. (we will endow the set $G/H$ ...
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Why are characters required to be continuous?

I learned from several places that in defining a character of a topological group $G$, we often require it to be continuous, i.e. $\omega:G\to \mathbb{C}^{\times}$ is a continuous group homomorphism. ...
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Pontryagin dual of the unit circle

Define the unit circle as $\frac{\mathbb{R}}{2\pi\mathbb{Z}}.$ I know the Pontryagin dual (looking at properties of the Fourier transform on locally compact Abelian groups) is $\mathbb{Z}$ but why? ...
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question on subgroup of compact group

Suppose $G$ is a compact metrizable abelian group, is it true that $G$ has no finite index subgroups iff $G$ is connected? Any reference or help is appreciated. Thanks in advance! Here are my ...
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Unimodular groups

Let F be a non-archimedean local fields of characteristic p (for p any given prime number): the field of formal Laurent series Fq((T)) over a finite field Fq (where q is a power of p). Is GL(n,F) ...
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Haar measure, convolution and involutions

I have some problems to follow the proof of the anti commutativity property of the convolution and involution operations defined using a Haar measure as presented in Pedersen's book Analysis Now, ...
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Characters being everywhere dense in the character group

Let $k$ be the completion of an algebraic number field at a prime divisor $\mathfrak{p}$. We note that $k$ is locally compact. Let $k^{+}$ be the additive group of $k$ which is a locally compact ...