The subject of operator algebras is primarily C*-algebras and von Neumann algebras, and associated topics. It also includes more general algebras of operators on Hilbert space, and may include algebras of operators on other topological vector spaces. It is related to but distinct from the subjects ...

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Connection between Stinespring's factorization theorem and the spectral theorem for bounded operators

I know at least 2 versions of a Spectral theorem for operators, one of them is the following Theorem: Let H be a separable complex Hilbert space, $A\in L(H)$ self-adjoint ($L(H)$ are the bounded ...
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State of a $ C^{*} $-algebra.

Let $ (\pi,\mathcal{H}) $ be a non-degenerate $ * $-representation of a $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $, and let $ h \in \mathcal{H} $ with $ \| h \| = 1 $. Define $ f_{h}: A \to \Bbb{C} $ by $ {f_{h}}(a) ...
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looking for help with a trace/norm inequality

I'm trying to understand a derivation that seems to claim that $\left\vert\text{Tr}\left[\rho U^\dagger\left[U,O\right]\right]\right\vert\leq\|\left[U,O\right]\|$, where $\rho$ is Hermitian and has ...
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Completely positive maps

Let $B$ be a commutative C$^*$-algebra and let $M_n$ denote the algebra of $n\times n$ complex matrices. Let $f$ be a state on the tensor product of $B$ and $M_n$, $B\otimes M_n$. How can I show that ...
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Epimorphisms of locally compact spaces

Let $LCH$ be the category of locally compact Hausdorff spaces with proper continuous maps. Question. What are the epimorphisms in $LCH$? I suspect them to be surjective, but I haven't been able to ...
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A necessary and sufficient criterion for an element of a multiplier $ C^{*} $-algebra to be positive.

I am trying to find a reference for the following assertion: Let $ A $ be a $ C^{*} $-algebra, and let $ M(A) $ denote its multiplier algebra. Then $ m $ is a positive element of $ M(A) $ if and ...
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norms of row matrices

Let $x_1,\ldots,x_m,y_1,\ldots,y_m$ be $k\times k$ sqaure matrices and assume $\|x_j\|\leqslant\|y_j\|$ for all $j=1,\ldots,m$ (the norm in $B(\ell_2^k)$). Now define the block matrices $x,y\in ...
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continuous functional calculus for nonunital $c^*$-algebras

In lecture we had the continuous functional calculus for unital $c^*$-algebras: Let $A$ be an unital $c^*$-algebra, $a\in A$ normal and let $$alg(a,a^*)=\overline{ \{ ...
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Choice of a dense subset of a separable Banach space

I recently came across the following statement, and still can't prove it: Statement: Suppose $X$ is a separable,closed subspace of $L^1(G)$, where $G$ is a locally compact group. Since $X$ is ...
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Operator - Exponential form

It is well known that for every unitary operator $\hat U$ an exponential of the form $$ \hat U = e^{i\hat H} $$ exists ($\hat H$ is hermitian). But I can only prove it the other way round: $$ ...
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How a trace of an ideal act on an element of the whole algebra?

Let A be a C* algebra with an ideal I. Suppose $\tau$ is a trace on I. Let $x\in I$. Then how to understand $\tau(range(x))$? i.e. how $\tau$ acts on the range projection of x?
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Equivalence of categories ($c^*$ algebras <-> topological spaces)

I try to use a littlebit category theory to have a better overview of the results in the theory of $c^*$-algebras, but I really have to read an introduction to category theory because I know almost ...
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Theorem about irreducible representation of $C^*$-algebra

I have been told, that there is a theorem about irreducible representation of $C^*$-algebras, but I have troubles finding it. It is also possible, that this theorem is consequence of some theorem I've ...
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Toeplitz algebra approach to proving Bott periodicity in operator algebra K-theory

I am aware of the Toeplitz algebra approach to proving Bott periodicity in C*-algebra K-theory. I would like to ask whether this approach can be adapted to prove it for general Banach algebras, and ...
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What $\mathbb{C}I$ means?

I've come across this expression $$ \mathbb{C}I $$ while studying operators algebras. $C^*$-algebras and AF-algebras, concretely. In Kenneth R. Davidson's book $\boldsymbol{C^*}$**-algebras by ...
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“+” operator placed as index

What is the meaning of $(a-b)_+$? In other words, what is meant by the "+" operator when it is placed as an index. If I am comparing for example two variables $a$ and $b$. So what is the value of ...
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Examples of $C^*$-algebras in Noncommutative Geometry from A. Connes

Question I am working on $C^*$-algebras and I've been given Alain Connes's book Noncommutative Geometry. I am having troubles with understanding the examples on pages 91-93 (86-88 in the printed ...
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Noncommutative manifold: Spectral triples on noncommutative quotients

I'm interested in taking the noncommutative quotient of a manifold, and endowing it with a kind of noncommutative smooth structure. More formally I'm interested in the question: is there a canonical ...
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Question about Noncommutative quotients

I want to understand noncommutative quotients. Now the book Basic Noncommutative Geometry by M. Khalkhali gives two different constructions of the noncommutative quotient and claims they are ...
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How are $C(S^1)$ and the crossed product algebra $C(\mathbb{R})\ltimes \mathbb{Z}$ Morita equivalent?

In Connes' Noncommutative geometry one construct "noncommutative quotients" by taking certain crossproduct algebra's. Given a group $G$ acting on a set $X$ through an action $\alpha$ we can form the ...
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Projection matrix (C* algebra.. but linear algebra question) [closed]

The subject is $C^*$-algebra, but I think my question might be linear algebra related type. I have a question from the book Operator Algebras Theory of C*-Algebra by Blackadar. On page 351, in the ...
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question about a proof on Murphy's book about $C^*$-algebras

I'm reading Murphys book "$C^*-$algebras and operator theory" and I have a question about a proof in chapter 3. The statement is (Theorem 3.1.8): Let I be a closed ideal in a $C^*$-algebra A. Then ...
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K-Theory of $C(X)$ for $X$ totally disconnected

I am studying K-Theory for C*-algebras by the following book: Rordam, Larsen and Laustsen. I am having a problem with the the Exercise 3.4, which is: Let $X$ be any compact Housdorff space. In the ...
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Primitive ideal space of C*(Z2*Z2)

Find the primitive ideal space, the center, a continuous field of $C^*(Z_2*Z_2)$. Here, $C^*(Z_2*Z_2)$ is the full group $C^*$-algebra. I know the definitions of all of them, but I'm having hard ...
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Universal properties of certain crossed products

So I was wondering if there are any nice universal properties that the crossed product $C^*$ algebra, $C(\mathbb{T})\times_\alpha \mathbb{Z}_2$ satisfies, where $\alpha$ is the action of conjugation. ...
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When do injective and projective tensor norms agree?

For $C^*$-algebra tensor products, one talks about the min and max tensor norms, and they agree when one of the $C^*$-algebras is nuclear. For general Banach algebras, what is the analog of ...
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Projections on a Hilbert space

Suppose $P$ and $Q$ are self-adjoint projections on a Hilbert space such that $P+Q+\lambda I$ is a self-adjoint projection for some $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$. Does it follow that $P$ and $Q$ commute?
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A representation of a $ C^{*} $-algebra.

I have a quick question about the representation theory of $ C^{*} $-algebras. A representation of a $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $ is a $ * $-homomorphism $ \pi: A \to B(\mathcal{H}) $, where $ \mathcal{H} ...
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Existence of state on a C*-algebra satisfying $|\tau(ab)|=\|ab\|$ [closed]

Let $a,b$ be elements of a unital C*-algebra $A$ with $0\leq a,b\leq 1$ (e.g., $a,b$ are projections). Is it the case there is a state $\tau$ on $A$ such that $|\tau(ab)|=\|ab\|$? If $ab$ is normal ...
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Gelfand representation of the algebra $C^1([0,1])$

In Murphy's book about C* algebras, exercise question 1.10 asks the reader to show that the Gelfand representation of the algebra $C^1([0,1])$ is not surjective. Just before the reader is asked to ...
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C* Algebra, f(x,z)

Let $A$ be a $C^*$ algebra, $x\in A$ and $||x|| < 1$. Let $f(x,z) = (1-x x^*)^{-\frac{1}{2}}(1+zx)$, $|z|=1, z\in \mathbb{C}$, $\mathbb{C}$ is the complex field. How to prove: $$ f(x,z)^* f(x,z) ...
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Lifting invertible elements in a $C^*$-algebra connected to the identity

Let $A$ and $B$ be unital $C^*$-algebras and suppose that there is a surjective *-homomorphism $f:A\rightarrow B$. Then any invertible element in $B$ that is connected to $1_B$ can be lifted to an ...
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Is an ultrapower of the hyperfinite factor still hyperfinite?

Let $\mathcal{R}$ be the hyperfinite type $II_{1}$ factor and let $\mathcal{U}$ be a free ultrafilter on $\mathbb{N}$. Is it true that $\mathcal{R}^{\mathcal{U}}$ is never hyperfinite ? How can I see ...
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A Lemma about the operator space

The following lemma comes from the book "C*-algebras Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by N.P. Brown and N. Ozawa P379 Lemma 13.2.3 Let $X_{i}\in B(H_{i})$ (i=1,2) be unital operator subspaces ...
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Determining spectral bounds variationally.

I'm learning C0-semigroup theory (mainly from Arendt et al. (vector-valued Laplace-transforms and Cauchy problems), Engel & Nagel (One par. semigroups for linear evolution eq.),Evans (partial ...
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Arveson spectrum for a unitary representation of a group on a Hilbert space

Let $G = \mathbb{R}$. By Stone's theorem, $U(t)\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is generated by a self-adjoint operator $H$ (for which there is a resolution of the identity P(p), by the spectral theorem) ...
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Why does one only consider one-parameter groups in Borchers-Arveson theorem?

The theorem (Operator algebras and Quantum statistical mechanics vol. 1, Bratteli, Robinson, Thm. 3.2.46 p.261) roughly says that if one has a one parameter automorphism group $t \rightarrow\alpha_t$ ...
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amenable groups versus amenable graphs

In operator algebras, one is often concerned with amenable groups, defined by one of many equivalent conditions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amenable_group#Equivalent_conditions_for_amenability In ...
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A question about $n$-dimensional operator space

Let $F_{n-1}$ be the free group of rank $n-1$ and $C^{*}(F_{n-1})$ be the universal group C*-algebra of $F_{n-1}$. And if $E_{n}$ is the $n$-dimensional operator space in $C^{*}(F_{n-1})$ spanned by ...
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States: Density

Problem Given a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Regard the CAR-algebra: $$\{a(\eta),a(\zeta)\}=0\quad\{a(\eta),a(\zeta)^*\}=\langle\eta,\zeta\rangle$$ Consider a density: ...
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spectral theory expandable to arbitrary polynomials?

Given a Banach space $X$ and closed operators $A_i$ ($i \in \left\{0,...,n\right\}$) which have a common domain $D$ that is dense in $X$. An obvious candidate for the title of "generalised resolvent ...
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Morita equivalence and KK-theory

Let $A,B,C$ be $C^\ast$-algebras. Suppose $B$ and $C$ to be strongly morita equivalent. Then $KK(A,B)\cong KK(A,C)$. Could someone provide a reference or proof of this fact? I guess the ...
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Commutant of algebra of multiplication operators

Let $L^2(X)$ be the set of Lebesgue square-integrable functions on a locally compact Hausdorff space $X$. Define $\mathfrak{A}:=\{M_f:f\in L^{\infty}(X), f=\overline{f}\}$, where $M_f$ is the the ...
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almost unital Banach algebra's

Let $A$ be an "almost unital Banach algebra", in the sense that it satisfies all the usual axioms but not necessarily that $\|1\|=1$. From the product inequality $\forall x,y \in A$ \begin{equation} ...
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Existence of central cover for a representation of a C*-algebra

I've been trying to learn the basics about the representation theory of C*-algebras and came across the following in Pedersen's C*-algebras and their Automorphism Groups: With each ...
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Is $\|a^2\|≤\|\Gamma(a)\|\|a\|$right?

For any $a$ in a commutative Banach Algebra with Gelfand representation $\Gamma$, is this inequality $\|a^2\|≤\|\Gamma(a)\|*\|a\|$right? If so, how to prove it? I'm exhausted for many hours' attempt ...
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understanding a theorem in c*algebra

I want to understand the following theorem: Theorem: Let A and B $C^*$-algebras with A unital, and let $\varphi:A\to B$ a bounded linear selfadjoint map such that: for every self-adjoint elements ...
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Existence of certain subalgebras of $C(X)$

Suppose $A$ is a commutative Banach algebra.Knowing that the Gelfand transform is not surjective but injective does it imply that $A$ is not isomorphic to $C(X)$ ? by $M$ we mean the maximal ideal ...
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Characterisation of a Commutative C* Algebra which is an Integral Domain

Let $X$ be a compact hausdorff topological space with more than one element.Then prove that the ring $C(X)$ of complex valued continuous functions on $X$ is not an integral domain. Thanks for any ...
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Interpreting the lingo of a definition

The Terms I grew up with: A bounded linear operator $U$ on a Hilbert space $H$ is a partial isometry if there exists a subspace $M$ of $H$ such that $\|Ux\| = \|x\|$ for all $x\in M$, and $Ux = ...