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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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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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 ternary operations have associative property?

Binary Operation is a function. Right? We know that all Binary operations have associative property. They must be either associative or non-associative. The condition is : $$(a*b)*c = a*(b*c)$$ ...
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Comparison of Strong OPerator and Weak * Topologies on B(H)

It is known that in $\mathfrak{B}(\mathbb{H})$, the weak operator topology (WOT) is contained in both the strong operator topology (SOT) and $\sigma$-weak topology. In general the SOT and the ...
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A question about download the recent paper. [closed]

I am interested in the journal about operator theory, such as Studia Math and Operators and Matrices. However, my college do not buy some journals. How can I get the paper from these journal?
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self-adjoint subalgebras of matrix algebra

Is there any classification theorem for the self-adjoint matrix subalgebras of $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ the algebra of $n \times n$ matrices over $\mathbb{C}$ ?
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Intuition behind a braid operator which is also a solution for Yang-Baxter equation

I am going through this paper, 'Quantum entanglement and topological entanglement' by Louis H Kauffman and Samuel J Lomonaco Jr published in New Journal of Physics 4 (2002). It started with ...
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Map to multiplier algebra for C*-subalgebra

We have such a claim: If $A$ is an ideal of C*-algebra $B$, then there is a unique morphism $f\colon B\to M(A)$ such that $f$ is identity on $A$, here $M(A)$ is the multiplier algebra of $A$. Now ...
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A criterion for vector states to be in the same irreducible representation

a little wish...: is there a theorem that corresponds or implies the following Let A be a C* algebra with the data of a representation in B(H). Let x,y be two vectors and call S(x,y) the set of ...
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Gelfand Naimark Theorem

The commutative Gelfand-Naimark theorem tells us that every unital commutative C* algebra is isometrically isomorphic to the space of continuous functions on its maximal ideal space. The non- ...
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Why study operator spaces?

I'm currently enrolled in an operator spaces course and I'm finding it difficult to understand why we study them in the first place. Functional analysis is motivated well enough for me and even though ...
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Question on irreducible representation of a Banach algebra

Let $\mathcal A$ be a Banach algebra over $\mathbb{C}$, $\mathcal X$ a irreducible left $\mathcal A$-module. If $x,y \in \mathcal X$ are linearly independent, there exists an element $a\in\mathcal A$ ...
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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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The set of all continuous functions on a locally compact Hausdorff space.

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. There is a example that i could not understand. Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space and $C_{0}(X)$ be the set of all continuous functions vanishing at ...
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The operator norm of complex matrices

Let $M_{n}$ be the algebra of $n\times n$ complex matrices. By identifying $M_{n}$ with $B(\mathbb{C^{n}})$, the set of all bounded linear maps from the n-dimensional Hilbert space $\mathbb{C^{n}}$ to ...
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simple connectedness and abelian C* algebras

From Gelfand-Neumark Theorem, we know that topological properties of a compact Hausdorff space $X$ are encoded in the abelian $C^*$-algebra of continuous complex-valued functions on $X$ (with $||f||= ...
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Norms arising from all representations of *-algebras

It is common that in order to obtain a $C^*$-algebra from a $^*$-algebra $A$ one defines a norm on $A$ by $$\|x\|=\sup\{\|\pi(x)\|\,|\,\pi\ \text{is a }^*\text{-representation of }A\}.$$ However, I ...
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Question about operators on Hilbert space

Let $\cal{H}$ be a Hilbert space, $P_1,P_2,\cdots,P_m$ a sequence of orthonormal projections such that $P_iP_j=0$ for $i\neq j$ and $P_1+P_2+\cdots+P_m=I$. Then $\|\sum^m_{k=1}P_kTP_k\|\leq\|T\|$ for ...
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An quasi-nilpotent operator restricted to a subspace is a nilpotent?

I am reading a paper about operator theory, there is a proposition I could not understand. Let $T\in L(X)$ be a quasi-nilpotent operator and $X_{1}$ be a non-zero finite-dimensional subspace of X, ...
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When does Gelfand Naimark Theorem Hold?

I was going through the proof of the Gelfand Naimark Theorem for the Unital Commutative Banach Algebras. In proving that each character has norm equal to $1$, we used the fact that $||e|| = 1$ where ...
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Kernel of an infinite dimensional operator

Can the Kernel of an infinite dimensional operator have $\dim=0$? I am thinking to the annihilation ($\hat E$) and creation ($\hat E^\dagger$) operators. Suppose, in fact, we have an infinite but ...
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Physical interpretation of $q$-deformation

I am currently reading the paper Quantum Group Particles and Non-Archimedean Geometry by Volovich and Aref'eva. Here they discuss the difference between $q$-deformation and $\hslash$-deformation. In a ...
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number of generators of MASA

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be an infinite-dimensional Hilbert Space. Do the maximal abelian self-adjoint subalgebras of $\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ always have infinitely many generators as an algebra ? (The ...
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Left support of an operator on a Hilbert space

The left support $l(x)$ of an operator $x$ between Hilbert spaces $\mathbb{H}$ and $\mathbb{K}$ is defined as the smallest projection $e \in \mathfrak{B}(\mathbb{H})$ such that $ex=x$. The question ...
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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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Combinatorial total space for finitely generated torsion-free groups?

Motivation: I'm an operator algebraist and I'm looking for an answer to the main question in order to build non-trivial spectral triples for a class (as large as possible) of discrete groups. $\to$ ...
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Masas in quotients

Let $A$ be a von Neumann algebra and let $B$ be a norm-closed ideal of $A$ (but not necessarily WOT-closed). What one has to assume about $A$ and $B$ to ensure that if $M\subset A$ is a maximal ...
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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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The free group $II_{\infty}$ factor isomorphism problem

Let $\Gamma$ be an infinite discrete group, and $H = l^{2}(\Gamma)$ the separable infinite dimensional Hilbert space. Let $\rho$ be the left regular representation of $\Gamma$ on $H$. Definition : ...
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How to generate algebraic span of a set of matrices (how many multiplications?)

I've got a question about matrices and matrix algebras that offhand seems difficult, I'm wondering there is any sharp solution? Or perhaps it's known to not have any solution at all? Suppose you have ...
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Lorentz group and eigenvalues

For generators of the Lorentz group ($\hat {R}_{k}$ corresponds to the generators of 3-rotations, $\hat {L}_{k}$ corresponds to the generators of the boosts) we have the following algebra: $$ [\hat ...
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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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C* identity origins

In the context of $C^*$-algebras , why is the $C^*$-identity a "natural" one to choose ? ($||a^* a||=||a||^2$). Some books try to motivate this by noting that bounded operators on a Hilbert space ...
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Does an irreducible operator generate a nuclear $C^{*}$-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 (Halmos 1968) if its commutant $\{ T\}'$ ...
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reference for operator algebra

I am taking a course on operator algebra this semester. My instructor has suggested a reference "Kadinson and Ringrose." Are there any other good/standard references for this subject that I can look ...
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Connection in the KK-Theory

I have some questions about the connection in the KK-Theory. 1)The definition is complicated, why? What is the motivation? 2)Does any relation bewteen the connection at here with the differential ...
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Is there an irreducible, noncompact commuting, nonnormal operator, with spectrum strictly continuous?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space. Definition: The commutant $\mathcal{S}'$ of a subset $\mathcal{S} \subset B(H)$ is $ \{A \in B(H) : AB=BA \ , \ \forall B \in \mathcal{S} ...
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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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How generalize the bicommutant theorem?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space. Bicommutant theorem : Let $\mathcal{S}$ be $*$-subset of $B(H)$, then $\mathcal{S}''$ is the strong closure $\overline{\langle ...
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Commutant of bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space

Given a Hilbert space $H$, denote by $\mathcal{A}=\mathcal{B}(H)$ the C*-algebra of bounded linear operators on $H$. Denote further by $$\mathcal{B}(H)' := \{A\in \mathcal{B}(H) : [A,B]=0 \;\forall ...
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Factorizing a saddle point operator

I have a coupled pde which, after semi-discretizing in time, results in the solution of a sequence of continuous saddle point problems $Lu^t=b$. Written explicitly, the problem looks like this: ...
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A theorem about operator theory

Define $$\operatorname{Ref}\mathcal{S}=\{T\in B(\mathcal{H}):Th\in[\mathcal{S}h], \forall h \in \mathcal{H}\},$$where $\mathcal{H}$ is a Hilbert space and $\mathcal{S}$ is a linear manifold of ...
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Traces on separable simple $C^{\ast}$- algebras

What is an example of a separable, simple $C^{\ast}$-algebra that admits two different tracial states? EDIT: Julien has pointed to a number of avenues to answer this question. If anyone has an ...
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How to prove $[x,p]=i$ $\implies$ $[x,p^n]=inp^{n-1}$?

How to prove $[x,p]=i$ $\implies$ $[x,p^n]=inp^{n-1}$? I can do this using $p=i\frac{d}{dx}$, but my book hasn't introduced this yet so is there another proof without using this ? These are just ...
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Questions about $B(H)$ and $B(H)/K(H)$ as Banach space

I am trying to investigate the relation between Uniformly Convexity and existence of Schauder Basis for a Banach space. I read in a Handbook article that $B(H)$ (the algebra of all bounded operators ...
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Sufficient condition for a *-homomorphism between C*-algebras being isometric

Let $\mathcal{A},\mathcal{B}$ be two unital C*-algebras and consider a *-homomorphism $\pi: \mathcal{A} \rightarrow \mathcal{B}$. I know that in general $\pi$ is contractive, i.e. $\vert\vert \pi(A) ...
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Cyclic vectors of an irreducible representation of a C*-algebra

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra and $(H,\pi)$ an irreducible representation of $\mathcal{A}$. I want to prove the statement: all $\xi \in H$ are cyclic or $\pi(\mathcal{A})=\{0\}$ and ...
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Sufficient condition for self-adjoint subset of bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space being irreducible

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and denote as $B(H)$ the bounded linear operators on $H$. Let $M$ be a subset of $B(H)$, s.t. for $A \in M$, also $A^* \in M$. How can one show that if the commutant has ...
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Commutative unital Banach algebra with nilpotent elements

What would be a concrete example of a commutative unital Banach algebra that contains nilpotent elements?
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Stable group algebras

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $C^*_r(G)$ be its reduced group C*-algebra. Is there any group $G$ for which we have $C^*_r(G)\cong M_2(C^*_r(G))$? Or more generally, $C^*_r(G) \cong ...