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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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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Calculating Norms for the Transpose

How does one show that the transpose mapping $T: \mathcal{M}_{n} \to \mathcal{M}_{n}$, given by $T(a)=a^{t}$, has norm $||T||=1$ but completely bounded norm $||T||_{CB}=n$? Notation. ...
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Theorem about irreducible representation of $C^*$-algebra

I have been told, that there is a theorem about irreducible representation of $C^*$-algebras, but I have troubles finding it. It is also possible, that this theorem is consequence of some theorem I've ...
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Existence of state on a C*-algebra satisfying $|\tau(ab)|=\|ab\|$ [closed]

Let $a,b$ be elements of a unital C*-algebra $A$ with $0\leq a,b\leq 1$ (e.g., $a,b$ are projections). Is it the case there is a state $\tau$ on $A$ such that $|\tau(ab)|=\|ab\|$? If $ab$ is normal ...
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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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A question on the completely positive maps and manifold structure

I was reading a paper in which the curvature and Euler characteristic of a completely positive map (in finite dimensions). Let \begin{equation} \Phi(X)=\sum_{j=1}^nV_jXV_j^* \end{equation} be a ...
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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 ...
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Defining entanglement in subspaces of tensor product

Let $\mathcal{H}=\mathbb{C}^n$ be a Hilbert space. A state $\rho\in\mathcal{B(H)}$ is a positive semi-definite operator with unit trace. $\rho\in \mathcal{B(H)}$, where ...
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Two questions about ultraweak and ultrastrong topology from Dixmier

You could reference Dixmier's book on Von Neumann Algebras p.42 Theorem 1 and its proof to know the entirety of the context. Otherwise, the most relevant things are below: Let $M$ be an ultraweakly ...
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Basis for completely bounded maps.

The set of completely bounded (CB) maps forms can be considered as a complex span of the set of completely positive (CP) maps. Can we find a basis for this complex linear space of CB maps such that ...
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Dropping homomorphisms to quotients of C$^*$-algebras

Let $A$ be a C$^*$-algebra, let $\Delta:A\rightarrow A \otimes_{\min} A$ be a $*$-homomorphism, and let $\phi$ be a state on $A$. Let $(H,\pi,\xi_0)$ be the GNS construction for $\phi$; let $B=\pi(A) ...
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When does Stinespring dilation yield a faithful representation?

Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra, $H$ a Hilbert space, $\phi: A \to B(H)$ a completely positive map. The Stinespring construction yields a triple $(K, V, \pi)$ where $K$ is a Hilbert space, $V: H \to K$ a ...
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Eigenvalues of operators

I have a linear operator $T$ which acts on the vector space of square $N\times N$ matrices in this way: $T(A)=0.5(A-A^\mathrm{t})$ ($A^\mathrm{t}$: the transpose of a matrix $A$). I need to prove ...
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universal C* algebras

Is there a standard reference which has a discussion on universal $C^*$-algebras ? (definition, properties, examples, etc) Searching on the internet has led me to tidbits of information but I would ...
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Gel'fand representation of a non-unital Banach space: what's wrong with this argument

My argument below is hacked together from pages 5-6 of Davidson's "$C^*$ algebras by example". Theorem: The multiplicative linear functionals on a unital abelian Banach algebra are continuous of ...
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Norm of an inverse operator: $\|T^{-1}\|=\|T\|^{-1}$?

I am a beginner of funcional analysis. I have a simple question when I study this subject. Let $L(X)$ denote the Banach algebra of all bounded linear operators on Banach space X, $T\in X$ is ...
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Hahn-Banach Theorem in the C*-algebra

What is the Hahn-Banach Theorem in the C*-algebra(or W*-algebra maybe)? If B is an nondense subalgebra of C*-algebra(or W*-algebra maybe), can we get an state f of A which is always zero at the ...
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Why Strongly Continuous Representations?

When working with not-necessarily-finite-dimensional representations, the topology on $GL(V)$ makes a difference. My experience has been that usually people require that the representation $\pi ...
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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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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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A definition of discrete group

Definition: A discrete group $\Gamma$ is called residually finite if there exist subgroups $\Gamma\supset\Gamma_{1}\supset\Gamma_{2}\supset...$ such that each $\Gamma_{i}$ is a finite-index, normal ...
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Problem with spectral theorem and spectral measure.

There is a passage in a book that is not very clear to me: A is a C*Algebra and $a$ is selfadjoint. Then "Indeed identifying A with an algebra of operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, by the ...
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A question about compact Hausdorff space

Let $X$ be a compact Hausdorff space and $C(X)$ be the set of continuous functions on $X$. And $F$ is a closed subspace of $X$. If the $f\in C(X)$ such that $f|_{F}=0$ is only zero function( i.e. ...
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Normal states are dense in $B(H)$

Can someone explain/sketch the proof of the fact stated in the title : The set of normal states (in some $B(H)$) is weakly dense in $B(H)$ ? Or, if possible, some reference. Thank you very much.
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Irreducible representations and commutative C*Algebras.

If $A$ is a commutative C*-Algebra then also its representation $\pi(A)$ is commutative, and it's an operator C*-algebra. A representation is said to be irreducible if $\pi(A)$ does not commute with ...
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Why is the Gelfand transform injective?

There is a theorem that proves that if $A$ is a commutative C*-Algebra, the Gelfand map is an isometric *-isomorphism of $A$ onto $\hat{A}$ i.e. the spectrum of $A$. (Theorem 1.1 in Averson's "An ...
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Commutative subspace lattice

I have seen an article in which there is an algebra which was named CSL-algebra (Commutative Subspace Lattice). This algebra is about projection on Banach algebra? I couldn't find any good source to ...
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When an invertible element in a $C^{*}$-algebra is unitary

I am trying to show that if $a$ is an invertible element of a unital $C^{*}$-algebra, and $||a||=||a^{-1}||=1$, then $a$ is unitary. I can do this if I think of $a$ as a Hilbert space operator using ...
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A question about quotient space of $R(T^{n})$

I am reading a paper about spectral theory. The author says it is easy to see the following proposition: For $T\in L(X)$, if dim$(R(T^{d})/R(T^{d+1}))<\infty$, then $R(T^{d})$ is closed if and ...
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Subalgebras of certain C*-algebras

Let $A$ be a C*-subalgebra of $C(X, M_{n}(\mathbb{C}))$ where $X$ is a compact Hausdorff space, does it follow that $A$ is isomorphic to $C(Y, M_{m}(\mathbb{C}))$ for some $Y\subseteqq X$ and ...
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Unitary operator in von Neumann algebra

Let $R\subseteq B(H)$ be a von Neumann algebra, and $U\in R$ be unitary. Prove that there is a self adjoint operator $A\in R$ such that $||A||\leq \pi$, and $U=\exp(iA)$ . Any idea how to start! Thank ...
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A representation of a $ C^{*} $-algebra.

I have a quick question about the representation theory of $ C^{*} $-algebras. A representation of a $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $ is a $ * $-homomorphism $ \pi: A \to B(\mathcal{H}) $, where $ \mathcal{H} ...
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Norms on unitization of nonunital Banach algebra

Let $A$ be a nonunital Banach algebra and denote by $A^+$ the unitization of $A$. One commonly used Banach algebra norm on $A^+$ is given by $||(a,\lambda)||=||a||+|\lambda|$ (where $a\in ...
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Connections of Finite groups and quantum groups

I'm a master's student waiting to start my phd in quantum groups and their represenation theory in march 2015. I love representation theory $\textit{per se}$, and looking for references on this work I ...
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If $A$ is a primitive / irreducible C*-algebra, then $M(A)$ has trivial center.

Recall some definitions: a sub-C*-algebra $A$ of $B(H)$, the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$, is called irreducible if the only closed $A$-invariant subspaces of $H$ are $0$ and ...