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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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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Where does the double commutant theorem fails for $AW^*$-algebras?

Commutative $AW^*$-algebra are characterized as those $C^*$-algebras such that their space of projections is a complete boolean algebra (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AW*-algebra). Von Neumann ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Cap product between K-Theory and K-Homology

In Exercise 9.8.9 of the book "Analytic K-Homology" by Higson and Roe one has to construct a cap product $K_p(A) \otimes K^q(A) \to K^{q-p}(A)$, if A is commutative. Is the commutativity ...
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Block Matrices of Operators

I'm trying to prove the following: Consider the vector space of matrices of size $n\times n$ whose entries in $\mathcal B(H)$. Denote this vector space by $M_{n,n}(\mathcal{B(H)})$. We can define ...
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What is $\sigma_{\mathfrak{M}_{p}}(p\cdot a\cdot p)$ when $p=\chi_{S}(a)$ for closed $S\subseteq \sigma(a)$?

Let $\mathfrak{M}$ be a von-Neumann algebra and $a\in\mathfrak{M}$ a self-adjoint element. Let $S\subseteq\sigma(a)$ be a non-empty, closed subset. Let $p=\chi_{S}(a)$, which is a non-zero, ...
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Why should we use inverse homemorphism here?

I am a brand-new comer in dynamical system. I find it interesting that when defining ergodicity of classical dynamical system $(X,\sigma)$, they use $\mu(\sigma^{-1}(E))$ there. Since $\sigma$ is a ...
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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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Entirely “Bare-hands” proof that completely additive states are ultraweakly continuous

Originally I had asked this question: Positive Linear Functionals on Von Neumann Algebras I got some responses that directed me to a variety of resources, some of which I could not understand because ...
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reduced crossed products

Given a discrete group $G$ and a $G$-$C^*$-algebra $A$ we can form the reduced crossed product $A\rtimes_r G$. I want to define it by the closure of $C_c(G,A)$ in $\mathcal{B}(\ell^2(G,A)$ where this ...
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Spatial tensor product of algebras and normed spaces

Let $A_1$ and $A_2$ be two $C^*$-algebras considered as closed $*$-subspaces of some $\mathcal{B}(H_1)$ and $\mathcal{B}(H_2)$. More preciesly there exist faithfull $*$-representations ...
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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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Creating Bratteli diagrams for Riesz groups

The Effros-Handelman-Shen-theorem tells you that Riesz groups are the same as dimension groups -- i.e. any ordered, unperforated abelian group with the Riesz interpolation property can be realised as ...
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Maximal abelian subalgebras of SAW*-algebras

Pedersen distilled the following class of C*-algebras which he termed SAW*-algebras: A C*-algebra $A$ is an SAW*-algebra if for each pair of orthogonal, positive elements $x,y\in A$, there exists a ...
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Commuting nets for commuting projections

Let $A$ be a $C$*-algebra and $p,q\in A^{**}$ be commuting projections. Then there exist self-adjoint nets $(x_i)_i$ and $(y_j)_j$ in $A$ with $x_i\to p$ and $y_j\to q$ in the weak *-topology. Can ...
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Topologizing $\mathcal{L}(\mathcal{H}) / \mathcal{S}^p(\mathcal{H})$

Given a separable Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ I would like to know how one could topologize the quotient algebra $\mathcal{L}(\mathcal{H}) / \mathcal{S}^p(\mathcal{H})$? Here ...
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Understanding minimal projections

This might be very easy but it is not quite clear for me. Detailed explanation appreciated! I went through the commutative case but beyond that I lack intuition. Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and let ...
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Lifting a unitary to a partial isometry

What is an example of a unital $C^*$-algebra $A$ and an ideal $I$ such that some unitary element in $A/I$ cannot be lifted to a partial isometry in $A$? Or can it be shown using general properties of ...
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Short exact sequence involving mapping cone, cone, suspension of $C^*$-algebras

This is part of exercise 6.N in Wegge-Olsen's book '$K$-theory and $C^*$-algebras'. In the following, $A$ and $B$ are $C^*$-algebras, $\alpha:A\rightarrow B$ is a surjective $C^*$ morphism with kernel ...
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If there is already enough room to add all projections, does passing to matrices change anything?

Throughout, $A$ denotes a $*$-algebra. We always assume $A$ is representable in the sense that $A$ can be embedded into $B(H)$ for some Hilbert space $H$. The particular embedding is not important, ...
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Why $ \|x^* x \| = \|x\|\|x^*\|$ is equivalent to $\|xx^*\| = \|x\|^2$ in the definition of $C^*$ algebra?

I read the definition of $C^*$ algebra in Wikipedia where it says $\|x^* x \| = \|x\|\|x^*\|$ is equivalent to $\|xx^*\| = \|x\|^2$ but I do not know why. Can you show me how to derive $\|xx^*\| = ...
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Motivations for and connections between the topologies of Vietoris, Fell and Chabauty

My main interest is in the Chabauty topology on the space of closed subgroups of a locally compact topological group, merely out of curiosity. Wikipedia states "it is an adaptation of the Fell ...
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Projections in group $C^*$-algebras

Let $G$ be an amenable, discrete and infinite group. Cosinder its group C*-algebra $C^*(G)$ canonically represented on $B(\ell_2(G))$ by the left-regular representation $x\mapsto \delta_x$. Take the ...
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C* algebra of bounded Borel functions

Let $T\in B(H)$ is normal, and $B(\sigma(T))$ denote the $C^*$ algebra of all bounded Borel functions on $\sigma(T)$. Then is it true that $B(\sigma(T))$ is a closed $C^*$ algebra under the sup. norm ...
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ideals in $C^*$ algebra

Let $A$ be a $C^*$ algebra and $I$ be a closed ideal in $A$. Prove that for all $a\in A$, $a\in I$ iff $a^*a\in I$. I want to prove that if $a^*a\in I$, then $a\in I$, and I know the following fact ...
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Unitary operators - convergence problem

Let $\mathcal{U}:=\left\{ U(t) \colon t \geq 0\right\}$ be a family of unitary operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ where $U(0)=I$. Assume that $\left| \left<\left( \frac{U(t)-I}{t} - A ...
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maps from a convex set to itself

Suppose $S\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be a closed convex set under Euclidean topology (but not necessarily bounded, example a closed cone). Let $\mathcal{E}(S)=\{L:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n\text{ ...
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Given $\theta(p)\neq p$ does there exist $q\leq p$, so that $\theta(q)q=0$?

Let $\mathfrak{M}$ be a vN-Alg. Let $\theta\in \text{Aut}(\mathfrak{M})$. Let $p\in\mathfrak{M}$ be a projection, so that $\theta(p)\neq p$. Is there a projection $q\in\mathfrak{M}$ with $0\neq q\leq ...
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Must-read papers in Operator Theory

I have basically finished my grad school applications and have some time at hand. I want to start reading some classic papers in Operator Theory so as to breathe more culture here. I have read some ...