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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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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The proof of Stinespring dilation

(Stinespring dilation) Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra and $\phi: A \rightarrow B(H)$ be a completely positive map. Then, there exist a Hilbert space $H_{1}$, and a *-representation $\pi: A \rightarrow ...
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The comprehension of Stinespring dilation in C*-algebra

(Stinespring dilation) Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra and $\phi: A \rightarrow B(H)$ be a completely positive map. Then, there exist a Hilbert space $H_{1}$, and a *-representation $\pi: A \rightarrow ...
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A simple question about positive element in C*-algebra

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. There is a quotation below. An $operator~system$ $E$ is a closed self-adjoint subspace of a unital C*-algebra $A$ such that $1_{A}\in E$. The $n \times n$ ...
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An exercise in operator theory

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $P$ be a projection to a finite dimensional subspace $K$ of $H$, for a $T\in B(H)$, if $||PTP||=1$, then, for arbitrary $\epsilon>0$, there exists a vector $\alpha$ ...
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Powers of a closed range operator

suppose that $S$ and $S^2$ are operators with closed range. Does it follow that $S^n$ is an operator with closed range for all natural numbers $n$?
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Concrete representation of the annihilating algebra

Suppose $\mathfrak{M} = A^{\prime\prime}$, where $A$ is a concretely described subalgebra of $\mathcal{B}(\ell^{2}(\mathbb{N}))$. In some instances, it is possible to provide a concrete description of ...
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Classification of Banach Algebras?

Is there a classification theorem for Banach algebras, or even for Banach *algebras, similar to the GNS representation theorem for $C^*$-algebras? If yes, please provide a reference where I can read ...
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A proposition in C*-algebra

Problem: Let $A$ and $B$ be C*-algebra and $\varphi:A \rightarrow B$ be a contractive completely positive map. $A_{\varphi}=\{a\in A: \varphi(a^{\ast}a)=\varphi(a)^{\ast}\varphi(a)$ and ...
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The excision theorem in C*-algebra

I am reading a book "C*-algebra and finite-Dimensional Approximations". I can not understand the proof of the excision theorem in the fundamental facts of the book. Theorem 1.4.10(Excision) Let ...
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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 about $C^\ast$-algebra

In Kadinson's book Fundamentals of The Theory of Operator Algebra, when the author proved the Theorem 7.2.1, he let $V$ be an extreme point of the unit ball of $C^\ast$-algebra $\cal{U}$, $h$ be a ...
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Strong Morita equivalence - Question about proof in Beer's “On Morita equivalence of nuclear $C^*$-algebras”

I'm going over the proof of this theorem about strong Morita equivalences on page 253 of "On Morita equivalence of nuclear $C^*$-algebras" by Walter Beer (http://bit.ly/1fOZiOw), I want to make sure I ...
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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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How to explain a theorem in C*-algebra

I am reading a book "C*-algebra and finite-Dimensional Approximations". In the fundamental facts, it introduce the Noncommunicative Lusin's theorem: Let $A\in B(H)$ be a nondegenerate C*-algebra ...
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A theorem about approximate units in C*-algebra

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. I encounter a theorem without proof. Could someone help me to complete its proof or give me some hints. Theorem 2.1. Let $I$ be an ideal of C*-algebra $A$. Then ...
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The unitary implementation of $*$-isomorphism of $B(H)$

Is it possible to construct $*$-isomorphism of (factor von Neumann) algebra $B(H)$ which is not unitary implementable?
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Find an example of product of operators not Jointly Continuous in strong topology.

I'm trying to find an example of the fact that the product of operators is not jointly continuous in the strong topology. I know the example of the unilateral shift (that is on wikipedia), but I ...
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Automorphism of $W^*$ algebra

Let $\mathfrak{A}$ be von Neumann algebra. It is in particular $C^*$ algebra. Is it true that every $*$-isomorphism of $\mathfrak{A}$ is also $W^*-$isomorphism? (Note that every $*$-isomorphism of ...
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A separating set which is not cyclic

Let $H=L^2[0,1]$ , $T_g$ be the multiplication operator on $H$, i.e. $f\to fg$ . Let $A$ be the set of the $T_g$ as $g$ runs through the set of polynomials with complex coefficients. Let $h$ be te ...
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Strong and weak equivalence of $C^*$-extensions by compacts

Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra. An extension of $A$ by the compact operators $K$ is an embedding $\epsilon$ of $A$ into the Calkin algebra $B(H)/K$. Two embeddings $\epsilon_1$ and $\epsilon_2$ are ...
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Examples of operator theory on Hilbert space

$(1)$ If $T \in B(H)$ is self-adjoint and $T \neq 0$ then $T^n \neq 0$ $(a)$for $n=2,4,8,16,... (b)$ for every $n$ $(2)$ Show that any $T \in B(H)$ can be uniquely expressed as $T=T_1+iT_2$ ...
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How to prove that $A B A^* \leq \|B\| A A^*$ for operators A,B?

Let $A$, $B$ bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$. Further let $B$ be self-adjoint. Then we have that $A B A^* \leq \|B\| A A^*$. I wanted to ask how to prove this inequality or where I can find ...
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Closed graph theorem question?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. Let $A:\operatorname{dom}A\to H$ has a closed graph, where $\operatorname{dom}A$ is dense in $H$. Let $S\subseteq \operatorname{dom}A$ be dense. Is it true $A_{|S}$ has a ...
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A funny way of expressing the identity operator

I have encountered the following trick that people in C*-algebra use; but frankly I don't understand why really this is true. Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra acting non-degeneratly on a Hilbert space ...
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An inequality for completely positive maps.

Let $f\colon A\to B$ be a contractive completely positive, ${}^*$-preserving map between C*-algebras and take $a\in A$. How one can prove that $$0\leqslant f(a)f(a^*)\leqslant f(aa^*)?$$ Some authors ...
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Hermitian linear functional on a C* algebra is bounded

Show that every Hermitian linear functional $\phi$ on a C* algebra $A$ is bounded. A linear functional $\phi$ is said to be Hermitian if it satisfies: $\phi(x^{*})=\overline{\phi(x)}$. This is an ...
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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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Question about operator algebra

I'm not certain about the rules of operator algebra, and I am wondering if these statements are equivalent $$\left(z^2\frac{d}{dz}-2z\right)\cdot\left(z^2\frac{d}{dz}-2z\right)=$$ ...
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Positive elements of a $C^*$ (MURPHY, ex 2-2).

I'm studying "MURPHY, $C^*$-Algebras and Operator Theory" thoroughly and got stuck in the following exercise: Exercise 2, chapter 2. Let $A$ be a unital $C^*$-algebra. (a) If $a,b$ are positive ...
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Question about equivalent representations of von Neumann algebras in Kadison's book

When I read Kadison's book Fundamentals of The Theory of Operator Algebras, I meat a qeustion on page 460, at line 14, I can not understand that $A\mapsto AE'$ and $A\mapsto \Phi_n(A)F'$ are unitarily ...
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A conjugation of an operator, which commutes with all permutations, still commutes with all permutations

Assume $v:H^{\otimes m}\to H^{\otimes m}$ is a linear operator on the $n^{\text{th}}$ tensor power of a vector space $H$. For each permutation $p$ on the $m$-element set define the linear operator ...
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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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Rotation semigroup and identity element.

Let $\Gamma =\{z\in\mathbb{C}:|z|=1\}$, and $X=C(\Gamma)$. The rotation semigroup $\{T(t)\}_{t\geq 0}$, is defined as $$T(t)f(z)=f(\mathrm{e}^{it}z),\quad f\in X.$$ $Z\in X$, s.t. for all ...
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Cross Product Algebras references

Can someone give some references to introductory books or online notes about group algebras and cross-product algebras ? I've already searched on Google (but only for some online notes). The purpose ...
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Normal element of $C^* $ algebra whose spectrum lies in a certain direction in the complex plane

A is unital $C^*$ algebra and $a \in A$. I need to prove that set of elements {$1,a,a^*$} is linearly dependent if and only if $a$ is normal element and $\sigma(a)$ lies in direction in the complex ...
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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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Formal series expansion of differential operator (d/dx + f(x))^n

My original problem was to find the "coefficient" functions $\varphi_{k,n}(x)$ in $$ (\partial_x + f(x))^np(x) = \sum_{k=0}^n\varphi_{k,n}(x)\partial_x^kp(x). $$ (i.e. find the coefficients ...
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Approximate point spectrum and left topological zero divisors

Recall that a left topological zero divisor in a Banach algebra $A$ is an element $a\in A$ such that there exists a sequence of unit vectors $(a_{n})$ in $A$ with $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}aa_{n}=0$. ...
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Ideals in $B(H)$ are self-adjoint

It is known that every (closed two-sided) ideal in a $C^{*}$-algebra is self-adjoint. The proofs that I've seen involve functional calculus and approximate units. I am wondering whether there is a ...
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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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Exponential map in $C^{*}$-algebra and unitary invariance

Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$-algebra. Let $X$ be a closed vector subspace of $A$ which is unitarily invariant in the sense that $uXu^{*}\subseteq X$ for all unitaries $u$ of $A$. I want to show that ...
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Spectral radius as the inf of norms of conjugates

I need help with the following problem: Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$-algebra. (a) If $r(a)<1$ and $b=(\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a^{*n}a^{n})^{1/2}$, show that $b\geq 1$ and $||bab^{-1}||<1$. (b) ...
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equivalent? algebraic definition of a partial isometry in a C*-algebra

An element $a\in\mathfrak{A}$ (unital C*-algebra) is a partial isometry if $a^*\cdot a $ is projection. Can one recover the equivalent caracterizations of a partial isometry in ...
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Conditional expectation on the space of bounded linear operators

In the paper from the link http://arxiv.org/pdf/0906.0139.pdf the author uses a diagonal conditional expectation. We take a seperable Hilbert space $H$ and fix an orthonormal basis $(e_n)_{n \in ...
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A simple question about completely positive linear maps

Let $A$ be the C*-algebra and $M_{n}(A)$ be the C*-algebra of $n\times n$ matrices with entries in $A$. We use $(a_{ij})$ to denote the element of $M_{n}(A)$. My question is: For every $a\in A$, ...
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Generator for $C_{0}(\Omega)$

Let $\Omega$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space, and suppose that the $C^{*}$-algebra $C_{0}(\Omega)$ is generated by a sequence of projections $(p_{n})_{n=1}^{\infty}$. Show that the hermitian ...
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Spectrum of a product

Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$-algebra. I am trying to show that if $a,b\in A$ are positive elements, then the spectrum of $ab$ is contained in the positive real numbers. I know that in the commutative ...
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Example of Hilbert space operator that is not a product of unitary and positive

If $A$ is a unital $C^{*}$-algebra, and $a\in A$ is invertible, then $a=u|a|$ where $u$ is unitary and $|a|=(a^{*}a)^{1/2}$ is positive. I am looking for an example of a bounded linear operator on ...