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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What is the relationship between spectral resolution and spectral measure?

In Kadison and Ringrose's book "FUNDAMENTALS OF THE THEORY OF OPERATOR ALGEBRAS", the author gives the following theorem. Theorem: If $A$ is a self-adjoint operator acting on a Hilbert space ...
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Physical interpretation of $q$-deformation

I am currently reading the paper Quantum Group Particles and Non-Archimedean Geometry by Volovich and Aref'eva. Here they discuss the difference between $q$-deformation and $\hslash$-deformation. In a ...
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characters of a $C^*$-algebra

I have read that a state $\rho$ on a unital $C^*$-algebra $A$ is a character (i.e. multiplicative) if and only if, for all unitary $u\in A$, $|\rho(u)| = 1$. Is there an easy proof, or can someone ...
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Spectral measures

Let $E:\Sigma\to\mathcal{L}(\mathcal{H})$ be a spectral measure on the Borel $\sigma$-algebra $\Sigma$ of $\mathbb{C}$. Assume also that $E$ is compactly supported in the sense that ...
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Separating vectors for $C^*$-algebras

Let $A$ be a C$^*$-algebra, concretely acting on a Hilbert space $H$. Suppose that $\xi_0\in H$ is cyclic and separating for $A$ (that is, the map $A\rightarrow H, a\mapsto a(\xi_0)$ is injective ...
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Combinatorial total space for finitely generated torsion-free groups?

Motivation: I'm an operator algebraist and I'm looking for an answer to the main question in order to build non-trivial spectral triples for a class (as large as possible) of discrete groups. $\to$ ...
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Masas in quotients

Let $A$ be a von Neumann algebra and let $B$ be a norm-closed ideal of $A$ (but not necessarily WOT-closed). What one has to assume about $A$ and $B$ to ensure that if $M\subset A$ is a maximal ...
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How to prove this element is strictly positive?

Let $A$ be a $C^*\text{-algebra}$ and $A_+$ denote the positive elements. An element $a\in A_+$ is called strictly positive if $\overline{aAa}=A$. Want to prove: if $(e_n)$ is an approximate identity ...
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Applications of Operator Algebras to modern physics

I think that recently I've started to lean in my interest more towards operator algebras and away from differential geometry, the latter having many applications to physics. But while taking physics ...
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Lower bound for $\|A-B\|$ when $\operatorname{rank}(A)\neq \operatorname{rank}(B)$, both $A$ and $B$ are idempotent

Let's first focus on $k$-by-$k$ matrices. We know that rank is a continuous function for idempotent matrices, so when we have, say, $\operatorname{rank}(A)>\operatorname{rank}(B)+1$, the two ...
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The set of all continuous functions on a locally compact Hausdorff space.

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. There is a example that i could not understand. Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space and $C_{0}(X)$ be the set of all continuous functions vanishing at ...
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Commutative unital Banach algebra with nilpotent elements

What would be a concrete example of a commutative unital Banach algebra that contains nilpotent elements?
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How generalize the bicommutant theorem?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space. Bicommutant theorem : Let $\mathcal{S}$ be $*$-subset of $B(H)$, then $\mathcal{S}''$ is the strong closure $\overline{\langle ...
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Sufficient condition for a *-homomorphism between C*-algebras being isometric

Let $\mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}$ be two unital C*-algebras and consider a *-homomorphism $\pi: \mathcal{A} \rightarrow \mathcal{B}$. I know that in general $\pi$ is contractive, i.e. $\vert\vert \pi(A) ...
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a trace class operator problem

Could someone help me with this Prove that If $A$ and $B$ are positive trace class operators on a Hilbert space, then so is $A^zB^{(1-z)}$ for a complex number $z$ such that $0 <Re(z)< 1$. An ...
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Strong continuity of the Borel functional calculus

I have sometimes heard that the Borel functional calculus maps bounded pointwise convergent sequences of Borel functions to strongly convergent sequences of operators. I gather "sequence" is ...
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An application of Artin Wedderburn and Schur's Lemma

In an operator algebras class, the professor said the following. Let $G$ be a finite group, and consider the complex group algebra it generates. Using the following 3 facts, we're supposed to see ...
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“Refinement” of the existence of faithful representations of C*-algebras?

Conway, in a course in operator theory, brings the statement 1. below as a theorem and statement 2. below as an exercise. Still, he states that 2. refines 1., but I can't see it. Every C*-algebra ...
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Self-adjoint projections of a C*-algebra as complete lattices?

In Blackadar's Operator Algebras, there is the following remark after the proposition II.3.3.1 : The projections in a C*-algebra do not form a lattice in general In the answer of this question, ...
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Quotients of C*-algebras

It is known that every unital separable C*-algebra is a quotient of the full group C*-algebra $C^*(F_I)$, where $F_I$ is the free group generated by some index set $I$. Can we drop the ...
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States and positive elements in $C^*$-algebras

Let $A$ be a unital $C^*$-algebra and $w$ be a state (i.e a positive linear functional such that $\|w\|=w(1_A)=1$. I'm trying to prove the following:a) if $a$ is selfadjoint and $w(a^2)=w(a)^2$ then ...
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Is C(E)a dual of any linear norm space?

Let $E$ is a closed bounded set of $\mathbb{R}$. Is $C(E$ a dual of any linear norm space?
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Cyclic vectors of an irreducible representation of a C*-algebra

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra and $(H,\pi)$ an irreducible representation of $\mathcal{A}$. I want to prove the statement: all $\xi \in H$ are cyclic or $\pi(\mathcal{A})=\{0\}$ and ...
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How to prove compactness of matrix convex sets?

I am reading a paper - "the Krein Milman theorem in Operator Convexity"; and the third section there deals with compact matrix convex sets. The first example there states that the matrix interval ...
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A question about essential representation in C*-algebra

There is a quotation of a book "C*-algebras Finite-Dimensional Approximations" below: Definition 1.7.4. A representation $\pi: A \rightarrow B(H)$ is called essential if $\pi(A)$ contains no nonzero ...
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MASAs of C* algebras

While studying the $C^*$-algebraic formulation of the recently solved Kadison-Singer problem, I was wondering about maximal abelian subalgebras: Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a unital C* algebra. There seems ...
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Norms arising from all representations of *-algebras

It is common that in order to obtain a $C^*$-algebra from a $^*$-algebra $A$ one defines a norm on $A$ by $$\|x\|=\sup\{\|\pi(x)\|\,|\,\pi\ \text{is a }^*\text{-representation of }A\}.$$ However, I ...
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Smallness/ Rigidity of $\kappa(\mathcal{H})$ without using minimal projections?

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a Hilbert space and $\kappa(\mathcal{H})$ the $C^*$-algebra of compact operators on $\mathcal{H}$. By smallness/ rigidity of $\kappa(\mathcal{H})$ I am referring to the following ...
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Double dual of the space $C[0,1]$

The second dual or double dual of the space of all continuous functions on $[0,1]$, $C[0,1]$ is von Neumann algebra. Can anyone help me identifying this space?
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Integral with Dirac Delta

I've to compute this expression $$ \hat{H} = \frac{1}{4}g_2\int d^3R\int d^3r\ \bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}+\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}-\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\left[ \delta(\vec{r})\nabla_{\vec{r}}^2 ...
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*-representations of dense subalgebras

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and let $K(H)$ be the C*-algebra of compact operators on $H$. Suppose that $A$ is a *-subalgebra of $K(H)$ which contains all the finite-rank operators. Given a ...
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continuous depence of the spectrum on elements

Suppose $a_n \to a$ in a unital $C^*$-algebra $A$. If $\lambda_n \in \sigma(a_n)$ converges to $\lambda \in \mathbb{C}$, then $\lambda \in \sigma(a)$. Does the converse hold? So if $\lambda \in ...
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Proof: $C(X×Y)=C(X)⊗C(Y)$

Where I can find the proof of the following theorem: Let $X$ and $Y$ be compact Hausdorff spaces, $C(X)$ and $C(Y)$ the space of continuous functions on $X$ and $Y$ respectively, then we have ...
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Show this representation is irreducible and faithful

Let A be a prime $C^{*}$ algebra and $e= \alpha^{-1} c^{*}c$ for some $c \in A$ which satisfies $(c^{*}c)^{2}=\alpha c^{*}c$. Then $e^{2}=e=e^{*}$ and $eAe=\mathbb Ce$ so $eAe$ may be identified with ...
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Two question on a lemma about C*-algebra

I am reading Lin Hua xin's book "An introduction to the classification of amenable C*-algebras" and i am confused with the lemma 1.7.12 in this book. Lemma 1.7.12 Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $f\in ...
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When is the image of a GNS representation WOT-dense?

Given a $C^*$-algebra $A$ and a state $\rho$ on $A$, let $\pi_\rho$ be the corresponding GNS representation on the Hilbert space $H_\rho$. I would like know when the image of $\pi_\rho$ is WOT-dense ...
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Seek results in group theory obtained by applping algebraic topology tools

After studying the first section, especially the section 1.3 (covering spaces) in Hatcher's book, it is obvious that many classical topics in group theory, especially in infinite group theory, have ...
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When two projections in a C*-algebra are “almost” Murray-von Neumann equivalent, they are equivalent

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $p,q \in A$ be projections. Assume there is an element $a\in A$ such that $\|aa^*-p\|<\frac{1}{4}$ and $\|a^*a-q\|<\frac{1}{4}$. Then there is a partial isometry $v$ ...
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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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freely generating elements in an algebra

Let $(\mathfrak{M}, \tau)$ be a W${}^{\ast}$-Algebra with (finite, normal, etc., whichever nice conditions one may find need for) tracial state. Elements $(a_{i})_{i\in I}\subset\mathfrak{M}$ shall be ...
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How can I show that given a norm one linear functional on $c_0$ that there is a unique extension to a norm one functional on $\ell_\infty$?

We are given that our Banach space is $c_0 \subset \ell_\infty(\mathbb{N})$ and there is a functional $y^* \in c_0^*$ such that $||y^*|| = 1$. We are guaranteed that this extends, via Hahn-Banach to a ...
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Generalisation of the trace cyclic theorem to partial traces.

The trace-cyclic theorem says that linear operators commute (or cycle) within the trace, that is $${\rm Tr}(XY) = {\rm Tr}(YX).$$ Now if $X$ and $Y$ operate on a product space $H_A \times H_B ...
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Comparison of positive elements and Hilbert C*-modules

I can't find a proof of facts like the following, which apparently are quite standard in the theory of C*-algebras. Let $\mathfrak A$ be any C*-algebra, and $a,b$ two positive elements in $\mathfrak ...
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Biduals generated by projections

This question is motivated by a similar question recently posed at MO: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/122091/masas-in-second-duals-of-banach-algebras In this setting, let $B$ be a Banach algebra ...
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Products in $C^*$-algebra $K$-theory

Let $A_1$ and $A_2$ be unital $C^*$-algebras. If $p_1 \in M_{n_1}(A_1)$ and $p_2 \in M_{n_2}(A_2)$ are projections then $p_1 \otimes p_2 \in M_{n_1 n_2}(A_1 \otimes A_2)$ is also a projection, ...
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Direct limits of completely positive maps on $C^*$-algebras vs. operator systems

I believe I've heard, as part of the "lore," that the category (operator systems, completely positive maps) has direct limits, whereas the category ($C^*$-algebras, completely positive maps) does not. ...
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Is a von Neumann algebra just a C*-algebra which is generated by its projections?

von Neumann algebras have the nice property that they are generated by their projections (the elements satisfying $e = e^{\ast} = e^2$) in the sense that they are the norm closure of the subspace ...
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Examples of not completely bounded maps

Let $\phi:\mathcal{A}\longrightarrow\mathcal{B}$ be a bounded map between $C^*$ algebras. $\phi$ is said to be completely bounded if the natural extension map \begin{eqnarray} ...
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A problem on $C^\ast$-algebras and $W^\ast$-algebras

Let $I$ is a compact topological space, $m$ is a positive regular Borel measure. Then $L^\infty(m)$ is a standard example of commutative $W^\ast$-algebra (von Neumann algebra), but it is also a ...
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Confusion in Gelfand theorem in C*-algebra.

I am reading HX Lin's book, named "An introduction to the classification of amenable C*-algebras", I can not understand a corollary of Gelfand theorem(Corollary 1.3.6): If a is a normal element in a ...