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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Important and simple example of application for functional calculus?

I reently proved the theorem for unital $C^\ast$-algebras that for $a\in A$ normal there exists a unique unital isometric $\ast$-homomorphism $\varphi : C(\sigma(a))\to A$ with $\varphi(i) = a$ where ...
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positive elements in c*algebras and states

I have problems to prove that an element $a $ is a $C^*$-algebra is positive if and only if $f(a) \geq 0$ for all states $f$. The definitions I use: -$f:A\to\mathbb{C}$ linear functional on a ...
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limit of state is zero

Let A be a C$^*$-algebra, $a\in A$ strictly positive (this means: for every state $\varphi$ of A is $\varphi(a)>0$). Let $u_n=(\frac{1}{n}+a)^{-1}$. Then for all $b\in A$ and all states $\varphi$ ...
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strictly positive element iff A contains a countable approximative unit

I search a proof of: Let A be a c$^*$-algebra and let $(u_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ an approximative unit in A. Then $a=\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{u_n}{2^n}$ is strictly positive. Could anybody tell ...
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Positive Elements in a C*algebra

Let A be a C$^*$-Algebra, $a\in A$. Why is $a\ge 0$ (a is called "positive") iff $\forall \varphi\in S(A): \varphi\ge0$? S(A) is the set of linear positive functional $\eta:A\to\mathbb{C}$ with ...
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Spectrum of $C^\ast$ subalgebra

Let $A$ be a unital $C^\ast$ algebra. It is stated in this book that for any $C^\ast$ subalgebra we have $\sigma_B(b)\cup\{0\} = \sigma_A(b)\cup\{0\}$. The reasoning why this should be true is this: ...
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$\sigma$-weak topology versus weak operator topology

The reference text for this question is: Pedersen, Analysis Now, GTM 118. The $\sigma$-weak topology on $B(H)$ (the bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space $H$) is the weak$^*$-topology on ...
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C*-Algebras: Contractive Morphism

Problem Given C*-algebras $\mathcal{A}$ and $\mathcal{B}$ with $\mathbb{1}_\mathcal{A}\in\mathcal{A}$. Consider an algebraic morphism $\pi:\mathcal{D}\subseteq\mathcal{A}\to\mathcal{B}$ with ...
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Existence of countable approximative unit in $C_0(X) \iff X$ is $\sigma$-compact

Let $X$ be a locally-compact Hausdorff space. The following are equivalent: There is a countable approximate unit $(u_n)_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ for $C_0(X)$ such that $\|u_n\|\le 1$ for all ...
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A convergence in norm topology

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $P_{n}\in B(H)$ be an increasing net of finite-rank projection which converge to the identity in the strong operator topology. Then, for any $T_{1}, T_{2}\in B(H)$, ...
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Isomorphy of $C_0(U)$ and an ideal

Let $X$ be a topological space, $Y\subseteq X$ closed and $U:=X\backslash Y$. Then $I_Y:=\{f \in C_o(X)\mid f_{| Y}=0\} \subseteq C_0(X)$ is a closed Ideal. I want to show that $I_Y \cong C_0(U)$. I'm ...
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Example of a wot convergent net but not $\sigma -$ weak convergent

Let $B(H)$ be the space of bounded linear operators. Define the $\sigma-$ weak topology on it by seminorms $p_{h,k} (x)=|\sum_{n\geq 1}(xh_n,k_n)$ where $h=\{h_n\}\subset H ,~~ k=\{k_n\}\subset H $ ...
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C*-algebra generated by the symmetric on 3 elements

I want compute $C^*(S_3)$ where $S_3$ is the symmetric group on $\{1,2,3\}$ and $C^*(S_3)$ is the (full) C*-algebra generated by $S_3$. My attempt: Since $S_3$ is a finite group, $C^*(S_3)=C_c(S_3)$ ...
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A question about local convexity of the weak operator topology

By definition, I know a locally convex space is a topological vector space whose topology is defined by a family of seminorms $\cal P$ such that $$\bigcap_{p\in{\cal P}}\{x\colon p(x)=0\}=\{0\}.$$ ...
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A question about maximal and minimal tensor product

Let $A, B$ be two C*-algebras and $\pi: A\otimes_{\max} B\rightarrow M_{n}(\mathbb{C})$ be a representations, then this $\pi$ can factor through the minimal tensor product $A\otimes_{\min} B$ ? (That ...
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A isomorphism between full group C*-algebras of free group

Fix $n\in \mathbb{N}$ and let $\mathbb{F}_{n}$ be the rank-$n$ free group, can we use the universal property to illustrate the following isomorphism: $$C^{*}(\mathbb{F}_{n}\times \mathbb{F}_{n})\cong ...
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Is the left regular representation of an algebra, always faithful?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a unital associative algebra with a countable basis $\mathcal{b}$ over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $H=l^2(b)$ be the Hilbert space generated by $\mathcal{b}$. Let $H_0 = \{v \in H \ \vert \ ...
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Positive elements of a $C^*$-algbera form a poset

My knowledge of $C^*$-algebras is very little. We call an element positive if $a=b^*b$ for some $b$ and make a relation on all positive elements by saying $$ b \geqslant a \iff b-a \text{ is ...
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I need help with a proof: invertibility of $b-\lambda$ in $B$ iff $b-\lambda $ invertible in $A$

Let $A$ be a unital $C^\ast$ algebra and let $B$ be a $\ast$ subalgebra such that $B \oplus \mathbb C = A$ and such that the unit in $B$, $1_B$, is not equal to the unit in $A$. I am trying to show: ...
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Show that a space X is homeomorphic to the space of multiplicative linear functionals

Let $\mathcal{A}=C(X,\mathbb{R})$ where $X$ is a compact Hausdorff space. Let $\hat{\mathcal{A}}$ be equal to the set of multiplicative linear functionals from $\mathcal{A}$ to $\mathbb{R}$. ...
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WOT convergence to SOT convergence

Let $H$ be a Hilbertspace and $T_n \in B(H)$ a sequence of operators with $T_{n+1} \geq T_{n}$. I want to to show that if there is a self-adjoint $T\in B(H)$ with $T_n \stackrel{WOT}{\rightarrow}T$ ...
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continuous functional calculus; spectrum of an self adjoint element in a c*algebra

Let A be a C$^*$-Algebra, $a\in A$ selfadjoint and $\|a^2-a\|<\frac{1}{4}$. The claim is: $\sigma(a)\subseteq (-\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}) \cup (\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2})$ and there is a projection ...
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Homeomorphism from $X$ onto $\hat{\mathcal{A}}$.

STATEMENT: For each $f ∈ A$ let $f$ be the function from $\hat{\mathcal{A}}$ to $\mathbb{R}$ defined by $f(\phi) = \phi(f)$. Put on $A$ the initial topology from the collection of all the functions ...
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Prove that there is no invertible function in the kernel of a linear functional.

STATEMENT: Use the compactness of $X$ to show that if there is no point $x_0$ such that $g(x_0) = 0$ for all $g ∈ \mathcal{N}$ , then $\mathcal{N}$ contains an invertible function. Some ...
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How to prove the following isomorphism?

Let $A, B$ be two C*-algebras, $\pi:B\rightarrow A$ and $\sigma: A\rightarrow B$ be *-homomorphisms such that $\sigma\circ\pi$ is homotopic to $1_{B}$. Define a *-homomorphism $\delta: B\rightarrow ...
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A question about finite-rank projection

Let $B, C$ be two C*-algebras and $\sigma_{0}: B\rightarrow C$ be *-homomorphism such that $\sigma_{0}$ is injective. Then, for a finite set $F\subset B$ of the unit ball and $\varepsilon>0$, Can ...
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p is a projection iff p is normal the spectrum of p is contained in {0,1}

I want to know why the following claim is true: Let A be a C$^*$-Algebra. $p\in A$ is a projection (that means $p^2=p^*=p$) iff p is normal and $\sigma (p)\subseteq \{0,1\}$. "=>" why p normal, it is ...
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A question about finite-rank projection on Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $P_{n}\in B(H)$ be an increasing net of finite-rank projection which converge to the identity in the strong operator topology. Then, Can we verify that ...
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A lemma about quasicentral-approximate-unit

Here is a lemma about quasicentral-approximate-unit: Lemma 7.3.1Let $J\triangleleft A$ be a separable ideal. Then there exists a quasi-central approximate unit $\{e_{j}\}\subset J$ such that ...
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QD C*-algebra's representation theorem

Here is a question from the proof of the "QD C*-algebra's representation theorem" in P245 of book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. For a separable unital ...
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Is there a cyclic vector for $-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on $L^{2}[0,2\pi]$ with periodic conditions?

Let $\mathcal{H}=L^{2}[0,2\pi]$, and let $L=-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on the domain $\mathcal{D}(L)$ consisting of twice absolutely continuous functions $f$ on $[0,2\pi]$ with $f''\in\mathcal{H}$ and ...
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Isomorphism between compact operators and compact operators tensor matrices ($\mathbb{K}\otimes M_n(\mathbb{C})\cong \mathbb{K}$)

Let $\mathbb{K}$ be the compact operators and $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ the complex valued matrices. I have read the algebra $\mathbb{K}\otimes M_n(\mathbb{C})$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{K}$. Could you tell ...
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Infinite projections in the Cuntz algebra

I am studying the Cuntz algebra $\mathcal{O}_n$, $(n \ge 2)$ with generators $S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n$ and in my class notes there is a statement about the projections $S_1S_1^*, S_2S_2^*, \ldots, ...
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a question about contractions on Hilbert spaces

Let $\cal{H}$ be a Hilbert space, $T_1,T_2\in\cal{B(H)}$, $\|T_1(h_1)+T_2(h_2)\|^2\leq\|h_1\|^2+\|h_2\|^2$ for all $h_1,h_2\in\cal{H}$. $T_1T^\ast_1+T_2T^\ast_2\leq I$. Then can we verify that 1 ...
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Getting U.C.P map on group operator algebras using Fell's absorbtion principle.

I'm struggling a bit with this theorem: Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group and $\mathbb{C}\Gamma$ be the group ring of $\Gamma$ i.e. the set of formal sums $\sum_{t \in \Gamma} \alpha_t t$. Furthermore ...
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The spectrum of $L:=-\Delta+V(x)$ on complex $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)$ and real $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)$

In general, when one talks about the spectrum of an self-adjoint operator, it is naturally considered in a complex Hilbert space (say $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N,\mathbb{C})$). Moreover, the spectral ...
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Smooth Bump Functions are Square Integrable

I am currently trying to prove that the smooth functions with compact support on $R^{n}$ (i.e. smooth bump functions) $C^{\infty}_{0}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ are a subspace of $L^{2}(\mathbb{R^n})$, i.e., the ...
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An exercise (about positive elements) in C*-algebra

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra, $a\in A$ be a positive element and $b\in A$ be an arbitary element in $A$. Can we verify that $$b^{*}ab\leq \|b\|^{2}a~~?$$
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Spectral measure and commutativity.

I want to prove that if $A\in B(H)$ and $N\in B(H)$ is a normal operator, and $AE(\Delta)=E(\Delta)A$, where $E$ is the spectral measure given by $N$ and $\Delta$ is a Borel subset of $\sigma(N)$, ...
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Some doubts concerning spectral theory.

Probably I'm saying something wrong (that's why the conclusions are strange) so please correct me! There is the continuous functional calculus for a normal element $N$ of a C*-Algebra. This means ...
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Spectrum bilateral shift

Let $U \in \mathbb{B}(\ell^2(\mathbb{Z}))$ be the bilateral shift. I want to shoow that $\sigma(U)=\mathbb{T}$. Using functional Calculus I have shown that $\sigma(U)\subseteq\mathbb{T}$. In order to ...
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A question about orthogonal projection

Here is a quotation of a book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. (P245) Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and $\Omega\subset B(H)$ be a separable set and let ...
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A question about a conditional expectation in C*-algebra

Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group. Consider a conditional expectation $\Phi: B(l^{2}(\Gamma))\rightarrow l^{\infty}(\Gamma)$ defined by $$\Phi(T)=\sum_{g\in \Gamma}e_{g,g}Te_{g,g},$$ where $e_{g,g}$ is ...
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The proof of “Every quasidiagonal C*-algebra is stably finite”

Here is a quotation in a book "C*-algebras and finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka (P241). Recall that an isometry $s$ is called proper if $1-ss^{*}\neq0$ Definition 7.1.14 A ...
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If $P$ is a projection operator, is $1-P$ also a projection operator?

Show that if $P$ is a (hermitian) projection operator, so are (a) $1-P$ and (b) $$ U^{+}PU $$ for any operator $U$
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An routine exercise about matrix norm

If $T_{n}\in M_{k(n)}(\mathbb{C})$ and $||T_{n}^{*}T_{n}-1_{k(n)}||\rightarrow0$, then $||T_{n}T_{n}^{*}-1_{k(n)}||\rightarrow 0$ too? (Here, $M_{k(n)}(\mathbb{C})$ denotes the $k(n) \times k(n)$ ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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A question about Invariant subspaces of an algebra.

I feel that this is a very simple problem, but somehow I don't see the solution. I want to show that if $A$ is a subalgebra of $B(H)$ containing $1$ then if $B\in SOTcl(A)$, for every n, ...
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A Representation of $C(X)$ is a positive map.

I quote this excerpt from Conway: "A representation $\rho:C(X) \rightarrow \mathcal{B(\mathcal{H}})$ is a $\ast$-homomorphism with $\rho(1)=1$. Also, $\|\rho\|=1$. If $f\in C(X)_+$, then $f=g^2$ ...
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A detail in Rădulescu's Theorem proof

I've been following one Rădulescu's Theorem proof ($G$ is hyperlinear if and only if $\mathcal{L}_{G}$ can be embedded in a ultrapower of the hyperfinite type-$II_{1}$ factor $\mathcal{R}$, where ...