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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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 ...
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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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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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An exercise on C*-algebra

A representation $\pi$: $A\rightarrow B(H)$ is said to be irreducible if $\pi(A)$ has no non-trivial invariant subspace. A C*-algebra $A$ is said to be liminal if $\pi(A)=K(H_{\pi})$ for every ...
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How do we show that prime C* algebras have trivial center

A prime C* algebra is a C* algebra with the property that the product of any two of its non zero ideals is non zero. The claim is that it has trivial center, i.e., the only central elements are ...
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Proving the inclusion map induces isomorphism on $K$-theory

Let $M$ be a $C^\ast$-algebra, $A, B$ be closed, two-sided ideals of $M$ such that $A+B=M$. Define $T=\{f\in C([0, 1], M):f(0) \in A, f(1) \in B\}$. Why is that the inclusion map of $C([0, 1], A\cap ...
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A question about tensor product

If $A$ is an algebra, $M_{n}(A)$ denotes the algebra of all $n\times n$ matrices with entries in $A$. The operations are defined just as for scalar matrices. If $A$ is a *-algebra, so is $M_{n}(A)$, ...
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A question about projections in a von Neumann algebra

Let $\cal{R}$ be a von Neumann algebra $P\in\cal{R}$ a projection, $G$ a subprojection of $P$. Then the central carrier of $G+(I-C_G)E$ is $C_E$. Note: The central carrier of a projection $P$ is ...
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A question about range projection in von Neumann algebra.

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. And I meet with a problem. Recall the range projection of an operator $a\in B(H)$ is the projection on the closure of $\{a(\eta):\eta\in H\}$(Here, $H$ is a ...
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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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MASAs of C* algebras

While studying the $C^*$-algebraic formulation of the recently solved Kadison-Singer problem, I was wondering about maximal abelian subalgebras: Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a unital C* algebra. There seems ...
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Give a counterexample that $A$, $B$ are similar matrices in $M_{n\times n}(\mathbb{C})$ but $PAP^{-1}\neq B$ for any $P\in GL_{n}(\mathbb{R})$.

Give a counterexample that $A$, $B$ are similar matrices in $M_{n\times n}(\mathbb{C})$ but $PAP^{-1}\neq B$ for any $P\in GL_{n}(\mathbb{R})$. How to construct this example? I have obtained that of ...
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What is the approximate units for an ideal?

In the Blackadar's book Operator algebras: theory of C*-algebras and von Neumann algebras, p103, there is "approximate units for J", here J is an ideal of C*-algebra A, but I do not know why an ideal ...
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A simple question about the dimension of subspace.

I have a simple question: Let $A$, $B$ be closed subspaces of banach space $X$ and $B\subseteq A$, if $\dim A/B<\infty$ and $\dim B<\infty$, then $\dim A<\infty$? Why?
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How can I show that given a norm one linear functional on $c_0$ that there is a unique extension to a norm one functional on $\ell_\infty$?

We are given that our Banach space is $c_0 \subset \ell_\infty(\mathbb{N})$ and there is a functional $y^* \in c_0^*$ such that $||y^*|| = 1$. We are guaranteed that this extends, via Hahn-Banach to a ...
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A simple question in functional analysis

A classical result, in functional analysis, says that if $T\in B(X)$, the function: $\lambda \rightarrow (\lambda I-T)^{-1}$ is analytic on $\rho(T)$(which is the resolvent set). If I fix an element ...
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A question about weighted forward unilateral shift operators

We define $$ B(x_{1}, x_{2},...)=(0, \frac{x_{1}}{2}, \frac{x_{2}}{3},...,x_{n})\in l^{2}(N), $$ How could be shown that that $B$ is a quasinilpotent?
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A characterisation of the cyclic subfactors by the existence of a cyclic vector?

A cyclic subfactor is a subfactor admitting a distributive intermediate subfactors lattice. Let's start with the finite index irreducible depth 2 subfactors, i.e. the class of subfactors of the form ...
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A question about tensor product of algebras of compact operators. [duplicate]

Let $\cal{H}$ be a separable Hilbert space and $\cal{K(\cal{H})}$ the algebra of compact operators acting on $\cal{H}$. Then $$\cal{K(\cal{H})}\otimes\cal{K}(\cal{H})\cong\cal{K}(\cal{H}\otimes H).$$ ...
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Two question on a lemma about C*-algebra

I am reading Lin Hua xin's book "An introduction to the classification of amenable C*-algebras" and i am confused with the lemma 1.7.12 in this book. Lemma 1.7.12 Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $f\in ...
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What is Kadison's process about cocycles?

My teacher told me the Kadison's process(may be not this ward, it is just my translation ) can make a 2-cocycle turn to be a cocycle(i.e.,derivation). But I can not find it in the internet. Thanks a ...
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Are self-inverse operators normal?

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be an Hilbert space. Consider a bounded Operator $T:\mathcal{H}\to \mathcal{H}$. Suppose $TT=1$, does it hold, that $T^{*}T=TT^{*}$? If so, how does one show this? If not, what kind ...
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A question about strongly continuous.

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. In the book, Let $\phi$ be a linear functional on $B(H)$ ($H$ denotes a Hilbert space), if $\phi$ is strongly continuous, therefore, there exist vectors ...
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A question about a linear bounded operator (in hilbert space)

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. When i study von Neumann algebras in this book, i meet with a problem. In the book, If $H$ is a Hilbert space, we write $H^{(n)}$ for the orthogonal sum of n ...
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Prove the left multiplication $L_A$ operator in $\mathcal{B}(\ell_2)$ is continuous?

Can someone assist me in showing that this operator is continuous as a map in the weak operator topology? I tried to do this with nets, but got stuck trying to "move" the operation inside the inner ...
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Example of a net in $\mathcal{B}(\ell_2)$ that converges in the weak operator topology but not in the strong operator topology?

I need to show that the Strong Operator topology is strictly stronger in $\ell_2$ (space of complex sequences that are square summable). I can show that convergence in the strong operator topology ...
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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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Generalisation of the trace cyclic theorem to partial traces.

The trace-cyclic theorem says that linear operators commute (or cycle) within the trace, that is $${\rm Tr}(XY) = {\rm Tr}(YX).$$ Now if $X$ and $Y$ operate on a product space $H_A \times H_B ...
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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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Is each element of factor(von Neumann algebra) a linear combination of projection?

Let $A$ be a factor von Neumann algebra. Then every element of $A$ can be writeen as a finite linear combination of projections in $A$. Is it right? I know a little about von Neumann algebra, thanks a ...
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In how far are CCR and GCR C*-algebras interesting?

I have some basic familiarity with C*-algebras (from the mathematical physics side - Bratteli-Robinson), and while having a look at Arveson's "Invitation to C* algebras", I came across so-called CCR ...
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A simple question about *-homomorphism in C*-algebra

Let $A$ and $B$ be C*-algebra, $h\colon A\rightarrow B$ is *-homomorphism. If $a\in A_{\operatorname{sa}}$, then $\operatorname{sp}(h(a))\backslash \{0\}\subset \operatorname{sp}(a)\backslash\{0\}$. ...
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There are 3 points in the spectrum of some self-adjoint element of a non-unital C*-algebra.

Let $A$ be a non-unital C*-algebra. I would like to know a simple way to show that $A$ contains a self-adjoint element whose spectrum has at least $3$ elements. Note that the spectrum of an ...
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A confusion in C*-algebra

I am reading a book about C*-algebra. But I meet with some problems. In the book, the author says: If $I$ is an ideal in a C*-algebra $A$, then $B=I\cap I^{\ast}$ is a C*-subalgebra. However, I ...
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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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Weak* operator topology and finite rank operators

We will say that ${T_i}\subset B(X,Y^*)$ converges to $T$ in W*-operator topology if $T_i(x)\rightarrow T(x)$ in W*-topology of $Y^*$( $\forall y\in Y \langle T_i(x),y\rangle \rightarrow \langle ...
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What is the relationship between spectral resolution and spectral measure?

In Kadison and Ringrose's book "FUNDAMENTALS OF THE THEORY OF OPERATOR ALGEBRAS", the author gives the following theorem. Theorem: If $A$ is a self-adjoint operator acting on a Hilbert space ...
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Confusion in Gelfand theorem in C*-algebra.

I am reading HX Lin's book, named "An introduction to the classification of amenable C*-algebras", I can not understand a corollary of Gelfand theorem(Corollary 1.3.6): If a is a normal element in a ...
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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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A question about bounded operators on banach space [duplicate]

Let $L(X)$ denotes the Banach algebra of all bounded linear operators acting on a Banach space $X$. And $T$ is not invertible. Can we find a invertilbe bounded operator series $\{T_{n}\}$ such that ...
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A question about convex set

I need to prove the closed set $C\subseteq \mathbb{R}_{+}$ is a convex. And let $x$, $y$ be arbitrary given in $C$, I have proved that $1/2(x+y)\in C$. Then does this means $C$ is convex ?
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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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Why must trivial extension of C*-algebra be split Short Exact Sequence?

Background: Suppose $0 \to B \to E -q-> A \to 0$ is a short exact sequence of C*-algebras. Since B sits as an ideal of E, there is a natural *-homomorphism from E to the multiplier algebra of B (by ...
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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 ...