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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The canonical surjection between the full and the reduced group C^*-algebras

This might be an incredible easy question -- since any reference I've found state it as obvious -- but anyway: Given a group $G$, I can construct the full group-$C^*$-algebra $C^*(G)$ be completing $...
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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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equality of two operators…

Please help me with the following problem( give some hints or references): Let $X$ be a Banach space and $B(X)$ be the algebra of bounded linear operators on $X$. Suppose that $A$ and $B$ are two ...
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Learning roadmap for Non-commutative Geometry [closed]

I am interested in learning Non-commutative geometry and K-theory of operator algebras. Please suggest a learning roadmap for this subject. My present knowledge of Measure theory & Functional ...
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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 $a+\lambda$...
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Algebra (Not *)-Isomorphisms of von Neumann algebras

Let $A$ and $B$ be any two infinite-dimensional von Neumann algebras, they are operator algebras with operator composition as the multiplication and as infinite dimensional vector spaces they're ...
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The span of the orthorgonal projections is norm dense in $B(H)$

This is a question in my functional analysis book. How to use the spectral theorem to prove that the span of the orthogonal projections is norm dense in $B(H)$?
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Abelian von Neumann Algebras on non-separable Hilbert spaces

Is there a classification of Abelian von Neumann algebras on non-separable Hilbert spaces? For a classification of Abelian von Neumann algebras on separable Hilbert spaces, see this link.
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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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Taylor expansion for matrices

Is it possible to define a Taylor expansion for matrices ? Can I use functional derivative ? More precisely I have to calculate something like : $\ln(A+B)$ using a Taylor expansion, where $A$ and $B$ ...
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Dimension of an operator module

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional Hilbert space. Consider unital $C^*$-sub-algebra of $\mathcal{A}\subset\mathcal{B}(H)$ such that there exist a family of isometries $\{S_n:n\in N\}$ with pairwise ...
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almost unitaries are close to a unitary element

I need help to prove the following exercise: Let $\epsilon >0$. Show that there exists $\delta >0$ with the property: If $A$ is a unital $C^*$-algebra and $x\in A$ such that $\|x^*x-1\|<\...
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non abelian von Neumann algebras

I'm not familiar with von Neumann algebras, but I need the following fact (if it's true) for an other proof. Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $A\subseteq L(H)$ a non abelian von Neumann algebra. Must $A$ ...
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why is $f\otimes g:A\otimes_{\min}C\to B \otimes_{\min} D$ injective?

If $f:A\to B$, $g:C\to D$ are injective $\ast$-homomorphisms between $C^*$-algebras $A, B, C, D$, is the induced map on the spatial tensor product $$f\otimes g:A\otimes_{\min}C\to B \otimes_{\min} D$$...
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Continuity of functional calculus

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an unital C*-Algebra. $a,b$ be normal elements in $\mathcal{A}$. $X\subset \Bbb C$ is a compact subset. $f:X\rightarrow \Bbb C$ is continuous. I need to show that for all $\...
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Let $A$ be a Banach algebra. Suppose that the spectrum of $x\in A$ is not connected. Prove that $A$ contains a nontrivial idempotent $z$.

While trying to solve the exercise below, I came up with a wrong conclusion, but I can't see why it's wrong. Also I'm accepting suggestions to get the right solution. This is the problem 17 from ...
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Holomorphic Functional Calculus for the Square Root

I'm working on a problem set, so I'm not looking for a solution, but just maybe a pointer on where I'm going wrong. I want to use the holomorphic functional calculus to determine the square root of ...
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$A^+ \subset B^+$ if $A \hookrightarrow B$ is inclusion of $C^*$ algebras.

Is it true that $A^+ \subset B^+$ if $A \hookrightarrow B$ is inclusion of $C^*$ algebras, where $A^+$ denotes the positive elements in $A$. I read in Murphy 2.1.11 that this is true if $B$ is ...
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Some questions about Cuntz’s proof of the $ K_{1} $-injectivity of purely infinite simple unital $ C^{*} $-algebras

I have some questions about Joachim Cuntz’s proof of the $ K_{1} $-injectivity of purely infinite simple unital $ C^{*} $-algebras, which is found in this paper. For this post, let us adopt the ...
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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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What's the difference between a Banach Algebra and a C*-algebra?

I'm currently looking at going into a PhD program in mathematics and need to decide on a specialization. In meeting with my advisor he pushed me into looking at C*-algebras based on my interests. ...
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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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QD C*-algebra's representation theorem

Here is a question from the proof of the "QD C*-algebra's representation theorem" in P245 of book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. For a separable unital C*-...
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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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No trace on $B(H)$ if $H$ is infinite dimensional

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the bounded linear operators on $H$. Then thre is no ultra weakly continous non-zero positve trace $tr:B(H)\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$. I ...
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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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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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Arveson's Extension Theorem in C*-algebra

I am reading a book C*-algebra and finite-Dimensional Approximations. There are two conclusions (in the book) below. Corollary 1.5.16. Let $E\subset A$ be an operator subsystem and $\phi: E \...
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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 C*-...
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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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K-theory, $K_{0}$ of algebra of compact operators

I don't understand how to define the trace of a matrix with values in operators. This occurred in the following situation: Suppose that $H$ is an Hilbert space and $K$ is the algebra of compact ...
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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: $$(LM)^\...
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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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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 $H\psi_2=...
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Algebra $A$ and its Gelfand spectrum

Let $A$ be the set of all function $f$ on $\mathbb{R}$ of the form $$ f(x)=d+\int\limits_{0}^{\infty}e^{ixt}k(t)dt,\qquad\quad x\in\mathbb{R}, $$ where $d\in\mathbb{C}$ and $k\in L_1([0,\infty])$. The ...
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about representations of a simple $C^*$-algebra

We know that every simple $C^*$-algebra is primitive, say it has a faithful non-zero irreducible representation. The converse is not necessarily true. An counterexample is just the $B(H)$ when $H$ is ...
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About a relation between isometries

If we have $(T_i)_{i=1}^N$, operators on a Hilbert space, that are also isometries and satisfy the following relation: $$\sum_{i=1}^NT_iT_i^*=Id\quad (1)$$ How can you prove that they must also ...
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Hilbert Space multiplication Operator, shift operator

I have this problem and am not sure how to even approach it.. Hilbert space $l^2(\mathbb{Z})$ with orthonormal basis$ $$(e_n)$ and Hamiltonian operator $He_n=i(e_{n+1}-e_{n-1})$ a)I need to use ...
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Is $B(H)$ sot separable

To prove that the unit ball of $B(H)$ is separable in strong operatior topology using the fact that $K(H)$ is separable and also is sot- dense in $B(H)$. I think we can conclude that $B(H)$ is also ...
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C*-algebraic intrinsic definition for compactness of an operator?

Some properties of operators (normal, self adjoint, hermitian) have intrinsic definitions for any element of a $C^*$-algebra. Is there such definition for compact operators? Equivalently: Let $\...
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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 $T_e(...
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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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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 (non-degenerate)...