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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Strict positiveness on a C*-algebra given by generators and relations.

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra with generators $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ and some (non-important) relations (the relations imply that $\|a_i\|\leq 1$, so that $A$ exists). Among the given relations we have that ...
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Is the supremum norm the only $ C^{*} $-norm on $ {C_{c}}(X) $, equipped with the usual pointwise operations?

Let $ X $ be a locally compact Hausdorff space. Then $ {C_{c}}(X) $ is a commutative $ * $-algebra with respect to addition, multiplication, scalar multiplication and conjugation (all pointwise ...
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Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra, $a \in A$ self adjoint

Question:Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra, $a \in A$ self adjoint. Suppose that the spectrum $\sigma(a)$ is an infinite set. Show that $A$ is infinite-dimensional. How can i prove it? I guess: Let $A$ be ...
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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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Question about a passage in the Bicommutant Theorem's proof.

In the Averson's book, in the proof of the Von Neumann's Bicommutant theorem there is this passage: ($A $ is a self-adjoint algebra of operators in $L(H)$) "Let $\xi_1$ be an element of the Hilbert ...
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Is $vN(M_1,M_2) \cap M_3= vN(M_1,M3) \cap vN(M_2,M3)$?

Let $M_1,M_2,M_3$ be von Neumann algebras (i.e. weakly closed subalgebras of $B(H)$ where $H$ is a Hilbert space). Let $vN(M_1,M_2)$ denote the von Neumann algebra generated by $M_1$ and $M_2$ inside ...
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an invariant of $C^{*}$ algebras

consider the following property (invariant) for complex $C^{*}$ algebras: "$T(x)=x^{*}$ is the only non zero $\mathbb{R}$-linear map on $A$ which satisfies $T(x)T(y)=T(yx)$." Questions: 1)Some ...
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Equivalent definitions for strictly positive elements

We have two usual definitions for strictly positive elements in C*-algebras: Let $A$ be a C*-algebra Definition (a) [MURPHY, C$^*$-algebras and Operator Theory] An element $a\in A_+$ is said to be ...
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A isomorphism between C*-algebras

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $J\triangleleft A$ be an ideal, then $A^{**}\cong J^{**}\oplus(A/J)^{**}$ ? Why?
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An exercise of positive element in C*-algebra

Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra and $\{b_{n}\}$ be a positive invertible sequence in $A$. If $||1_{A}-b_{n}||\rightarrow 0$, can we conclude $||1_{A}-b_{n}^{-\frac{1}{2}}||\rightarrow 0$ ?
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Biprojective $C^*$-algebra

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra. Define $\Delta:A\hat{\otimes}A\to A$ with $\Delta(\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_n\otimes b_n)=\sum_{n=1}^\infty a_nb_n$. Now $A$ is called biprojective if there exists a bounded ...
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Question about the type decomposition of von Neumann algebras, Blackadar's notes.

this is a little bit of a dumb question, please be nice, I had some doubts about the type decomposition of von Neumann algebras. I was reading Bruce Blackadar's "Operator algebras. Theory of ...
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A question on the spectral projection

I am reading a paper about spectral theory. And I meet with some problems. An operator $K\in L(X)$ is said to be algebraic if there exists a non-trivial complex polynomial $h$ such that $h(K)=0$. By ...
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A question on multiplicative linear functional on Banach algebra.

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. But i am confused with some of its content. It says Assume $A$ is a non-unital C*-algebra and $\tilde{A}$ is its unitization (the elements of the form ...
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Does an irreducible operator generate an exact $C^{*}$-algebra?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the algebra of bounded operators. Definition : An operator $T \in B(H)$ is irreducible if $W^{*}(T)=B(H)$. Definition : A ...
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Polar decomposition of invertible elements in a unital C$ ^{*} $-algebra.

If $ A $ is a unital C$ ^{*} $-algebra and $ a $ is invertible, then $ a = u|a| $ for a unique unitary element $ u $ of $ A $. If $ \| a \| = \| a^{-1} \| = 1 $, what can you say about $ |a| $? I ...
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Counterexample for a polar decomposition in von Neumann and $C^\ast$ algebras

For a von Neumann algebra, we have that partial isometry and positive operator of an operator in its polar decomposition belongs to the algebra, but in a $C^\ast$ algebra this may not be true. Can ...
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Double centralizers in the Murphy book

I've been into this for days and days and I still can't see why, given the definition of $L^\ast$ as $L^\ast =(L(a^\ast))^\ast$ we get that $(LM)^\ast =L^\ast M^\ast$. Where is my mistake: ...
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What's the application of C*-algebra in topology?

C*-algebras are thought be be non-commutative topological spaces because of Gelfand's theorem that any commutative C*-algebra are isomorphic to C(X) for some locally compact Hausdorff space X. I've ...
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Compute spectral/projection-valued measures explicitly?

Spectral/projection-valued measures have very handy applications theoretically, but I got stuck when asked to compute explicitly certain projection-valued measures. Let's focus on the following: ...
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What if every function in $C(X)$ has finite spectrum?

Suppose that $X$ is a compact Hausdorf space, and that every continuous function on $X$ has finite range. How do I conclude that $X$ is a finite set, hence with discrete topology? So far, I have ...
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Strong convergence of projections in $B(H)$

Let $\{e_{kj}\}$ be the canonical matrix units in $B(H)$, with $H$ separable. Define projections $q_k$ by $$ q_k=\sum_{n=1}^ke_{nn}. $$ Let $\{p_1,p_2,\ldots\}\subset B(H)$ be a sequence of ...
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Strongly-Continuous linear functionals on $\mathcal{B}(H)$

Suppose $H$ is a complex Hilbert space and $$w: \mathcal{B}(H) \longrightarrow \mathbb{C}$$ is a bounded linear functional on $\mathcal{B}(H)$ such that $w$ is continuous even if $\mathcal{B}(H)$ is ...
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Clarification on Dirac notation

I am new to the Dirac notation, so would appreciate some clarification. Suppose $\Psi=\psi_1+\psi_2$ where $\Psi$ is normalized and $H$ is a linear operator such that $H\psi_1=E_1\psi_1$ and ...
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Topologies and Continuity in Operator Theory

I am studying Operator Theory right now, but I have not had much exposure to topology. I am trying to pick it up along the way, and I am wondering about a probably simple point: What is the ...
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Weakly compact operator with different domains

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra. Suppose that $e\in A$ such that $e^2=e$ and $eAe$ is division algebra(i.e., $eAe$ is unital and every element of $eAe$ has inverse in $eAe$). Define $T_e:A\to A$ with ...
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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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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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Order zero maps in matrix algebra

Let $a$ and $b$ are two elements in a $C^*$algebra $A$. We say $a\perp b$ if $ab=ba=a^*b=ab^*=0$. We say a completely positive map $\phi: A \rightarrow B$ is of order zero if for any positive elements ...
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Question about $C_0(X)$-algebras and $C_b(X)$.

Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space. Denote by $C_0(X)$ its C*-algebra of continuous functions that vanish on infinity and by $C_b(X)$ its C*-algebra of bounded functions. Now, let $A$ be a ...
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A question on a lemma about the product map

Here is a Lemma in the book “C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations”: Lemma 3.8.4. Let $A$ be a C*-algebra, $M\subset B(H)$ be a con Neumann algebra and $\phi: A\rightarrow M$ be a ...
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An exercise in C*-algebra

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra, $\phi$ be a pure state and $L=\{a\in A:\phi(a^{\ast}a)=0\}$, how to prove that $L+L^*\subseteq ker\phi$. ($L^*=\{a^{\ast}: a\in L\}$) I think it is an easy exercise, ...
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A question on a sequence in a Banach algebra [duplicate]

If $\{u_{k}\}_{k=1}^{\infty}$ is a sequence in an Banach algebra (and more specifically, in the set of all the bounded linear operators of a Banach space $X$). If ...
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Question about projections on Hilbert space

Let $P_i$ be projections from a Hilbert space $\cal{H}$ to its closed subspace $\cal{H}_i$, $i=1,2,\cdots,n$, such that $\sum^n_{i=1} P_i$ is also a projection. And let $P$ be a projection from ...
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A bounded everywhere defined operator that is affiliated to a von Neumann algebra is in the algebra

A possibly unbounded operator $T$ on a Hilbert space $\mathcal H$ is (in my source) defined as affiliated to a von Neumann algebra $M$ if for each unitary element $u$ of $M^\prime$, $u^*Tu=T$ (or ...
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Necessary and sufficient conditions for $G$ to have $A(G)$ isomorphic to an operator algebra?

Let $G$ be a locally compact group. We denote by $A(G)$ the Fourier algebra of $G$. An operator algebra is a closed subalgebra of $B(H)$ where $H$ is a Hilbert space. What are the necessary and ...
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Extreme points in the set of positive linear functionals of norm $\leq 1$

Let $A$ be a C* algebra, and $S$ the set of positive linear functionals on $A$ in the unit ball of $A^*$ (Which has the weak-* topology.) I am having difficulty seeing that all nonzero extreme points ...
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One particular application of the Cauchy Schwarz Inequality

A document I am reading on Von-Neumann algebras (VNA) asserts that it follows from Cauchy-Schwarz that if $M$ is a VNA, and $w$ is a positive linear functional on M that is merely norm continuous, ...
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Complemented ideals in von Neumann algebras

Let $I$ be an ultraweakly closed ideal in a von Neumann algebra $M$. For example, this can be the kernel of an ultraweakly continuous homomorphism. Is it true that there is another ideal $J\subset M$ ...
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Commutative multiplier algebra

In my course of spectral theory and operator algebras I came across the following exercise: Let $\mathcal{A}=C_0(X)$ where $X$ is a locally compact Hausdorff space. Describe the multiplier algebra ...
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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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Set-theoretic questions about the definitions of crossed-product $ C^{*} $-algebras and group $ C^{*} $-algebras.

In his book Crossed Products of $ C^{*} $-Algebras, Dana P. Williams defines the crossed product of a $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $ by a locally compact group $ G $ as the completion of $ {C_{c}}(G,A) $ ...
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A question about essential ideal

Let $I$ be a nonunital C*-algebra and $I\subset B(H)$ be any nondegenerate representation and define $$M(I)=\{T\in B(H): Tx\in I~and ~xT\in I, ~for ~all~ x\in I\}.$$ Then, how to prove $I$ ...
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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 ...
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Why study Bergman Spaces?

I'm interested in Operator Algebras and mathematical physics; recently, a friend showed me Duren and Schuster's "Bergman Spaces". I've read about two chapters now and I see there is a nice play ...
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Unit in the image of a cp map

This is another question which looks non-trivial to me. Suppose that we have a completely positive map $f\colon M_n \to M_m$ such that $f(a) = I_m$, the identity matrix on $M_m$. Is there a positive ...
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A easy question on projection operator

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $B(H)$ be all the bounded linear operators on $H$, for arbitrary $T\in B(H)$, if $\{P_{i}\}$ is an increasing net of finite-rank projection, can we conclude $P_{i}TP_{i} ...
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Projection operator in Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, can we find an increasing net of finite rank projections which converge to the identity in the strong operator topology? And I think if $H$ is separable, we can find an ...
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Stone's theorem for 1-parameter groups of unitary multipliers?

Let $A$ be a nonunital C*-algebra and let $M(A)$ denote its multiplier algebra. Let $(u_t)_{t \in \mathbb{R}}$ be a strictly continuous 1-parameter group of unitary multipliers. That is, $u_t x \to x$ ...
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GNS-triplets for states on the matrix space: generalization to the infinite-dimensional setting

In a previous exercise, I have proven that states $\omega$ on the $C^*$-algebra $M_n(\mathbb C)$ correspond to a unique density matrix $\rho$ by the relation $\omega(A) = \mathrm{Tr}(\rho A)$. I was ...