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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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A question about maximal and minimal tensor product

Let $A, B$ be two C*-algebras and $\pi: A\otimes_{\max} B\rightarrow M_{n}(\mathbb{C})$ be a representations, then this $\pi$ can factor through the minimal tensor product $A\otimes_{\min} B$ ? (That ...
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Is the left regular representation of an algebra, always faithful?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a unital associative algebra with a countable basis $\mathcal{b}$ over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $H=l^2(b)$ be the Hilbert space generated by $\mathcal{b}$. Let $H_0 = \{v \in H \ \vert \ ...
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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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I need help with a proof: invertibility of $b-\lambda$ in $B$ iff $b-\lambda $ invertible in $A$

Let $A$ be a unital $C^\ast$ algebra and let $B$ be a $\ast$ subalgebra such that $B \oplus \mathbb C = A$ and such that the unit in $B$, $1_B$, is not equal to the unit in $A$. I am trying to show: ...
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Show that a space X is homeomorphic to the space of multiplicative linear functionals

Let $\mathcal{A}=C(X,\mathbb{R})$ where $X$ is a compact Hausdorff space. Let $\hat{\mathcal{A}}$ be equal to the set of multiplicative linear functionals from $\mathcal{A}$ to $\mathbb{R}$. ...
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WOT convergence to SOT convergence

Let $H$ be a Hilbertspace and $T_n \in B(H)$ a sequence of operators with $T_{n+1} \geq T_{n}$. I want to to show that if there is a self-adjoint $T\in B(H)$ with $T_n \stackrel{WOT}{\rightarrow}T$ ...
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continuous functional calculus; spectrum of an self adjoint element in a c*algebra

Let A be a C$^*$-Algebra, $a\in A$ selfadjoint and $\|a^2-a\|<\frac{1}{4}$. The claim is: $\sigma(a)\subseteq (-\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{2}) \cup (\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2})$ and there is a projection ...
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How to prove the following isomorphism?

Let $A, B$ be two C*-algebras, $\pi:B\rightarrow A$ and $\sigma: A\rightarrow B$ be *-homomorphisms such that $\sigma\circ\pi$ is homotopic to $1_{B}$. Define a *-homomorphism $\delta: B\rightarrow ...
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A question about finite-rank projection

Let $B, C$ be two C*-algebras and $\sigma_{0}: B\rightarrow C$ be *-homomorphism such that $\sigma_{0}$ is injective. Then, for a finite set $F\subset B$ of the unit ball and $\varepsilon>0$, Can ...
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p is a projection iff p is normal the spectrum of p is contained in {0,1}

I want to know why the following claim is true: Let A be a C$^*$-Algebra. $p\in A$ is a projection (that means $p^2=p^*=p$) iff p is normal and $\sigma (p)\subseteq \{0,1\}$. "=>" why p normal, it is ...
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A question about finite-rank projection on Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $P_{n}\in B(H)$ be an increasing net of finite-rank projection which converge to the identity in the strong operator topology. Then, Can we verify that ...
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A lemma about quasicentral-approximate-unit

Here is a lemma about quasicentral-approximate-unit: Lemma 7.3.1Let $J\triangleleft A$ be a separable ideal. Then there exists a quasi-central approximate unit $\{e_{j}\}\subset J$ such that ...
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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 ...
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Is there a cyclic vector for $-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on $L^{2}[0,2\pi]$ with periodic conditions?

Let $\mathcal{H}=L^{2}[0,2\pi]$, and let $L=-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on the domain $\mathcal{D}(L)$ consisting of twice absolutely continuous functions $f$ on $[0,2\pi]$ with $f''\in\mathcal{H}$ and ...
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Isomorphism between compact operators and compact operators tensor matrices ($\mathbb{K}\otimes M_n(\mathbb{C})\cong \mathbb{K}$)

Let $\mathbb{K}$ be the compact operators and $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ the complex valued matrices. I have read the algebra $\mathbb{K}\otimes M_n(\mathbb{C})$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb{K}$. Could you tell ...
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Infinite projections in the Cuntz algebra

I am studying the Cuntz algebra $\mathcal{O}_n$, $(n \ge 2)$ with generators $S_1, S_2, \ldots, S_n$ and in my class notes there is a statement about the projections $S_1S_1^*, S_2S_2^*, \ldots, ...
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a question about contractions on Hilbert spaces

Let $\cal{H}$ be a Hilbert space, $T_1,T_2\in\cal{B(H)}$, $\|T_1(h_1)+T_2(h_2)\|^2\leq\|h_1\|^2+\|h_2\|^2$ for all $h_1,h_2\in\cal{H}$. $T_1T^\ast_1+T_2T^\ast_2\leq I$. Then can we verify that 1 ...
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Getting U.C.P map on group operator algebras using Fell's absorbtion principle.

I'm struggling a bit with this theorem: Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group and $\mathbb{C}\Gamma$ be the group ring of $\Gamma$ i.e. the set of formal sums $\sum_{t \in \Gamma} \alpha_t t$. Furthermore ...
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The spectrum of $L:=-\Delta+V(x)$ on complex $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)$ and real $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)$

In general, when one talks about the spectrum of an self-adjoint operator, it is naturally considered in a complex Hilbert space (say $L^2(\mathbb{R}^N,\mathbb{C})$). Moreover, the spectral ...
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Smooth Bump Functions are Square Integrable

I am currently trying to prove that the smooth functions with compact support on $R^{n}$ (i.e. smooth bump functions) $C^{\infty}_{0}(\mathbb{R}^n)$ are a subspace of $L^{2}(\mathbb{R^n})$, i.e., the ...
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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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Spectral measure and commutativity.

I want to prove that if $A\in B(H)$ and $N\in B(H)$ is a normal operator, and $AE(\Delta)=E(\Delta)A$, where $E$ is the spectral measure given by $N$ and $\Delta$ is a Borel subset of $\sigma(N)$, ...
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Some doubts concerning spectral theory.

Probably I'm saying something wrong (that's why the conclusions are strange) so please correct me! There is the continuous functional calculus for a normal element $N$ of a C*-Algebra. This means ...
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Spectrum bilateral shift

Let $U \in \mathbb{B}(\ell^2(\mathbb{Z}))$ be the bilateral shift. I want to shoow that $\sigma(U)=\mathbb{T}$. Using functional Calculus I have shown that $\sigma(U)\subseteq\mathbb{T}$. In order to ...
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A question about orthogonal projection

Here is a quotation of a book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. (P245) Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and $\Omega\subset B(H)$ be a separable set and let ...
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A question about a conditional expectation in C*-algebra

Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group. Consider a conditional expectation $\Phi: B(l^{2}(\Gamma))\rightarrow l^{\infty}(\Gamma)$ defined by $$\Phi(T)=\sum_{g\in \Gamma}e_{g,g}Te_{g,g},$$ where $e_{g,g}$ is ...
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The proof of “Every quasidiagonal C*-algebra is stably finite”

Here is a quotation in a book "C*-algebras and finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka (P241). Recall that an isometry $s$ is called proper if $1-ss^{*}\neq0$ Definition 7.1.14 A ...
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If $P$ is a projection operator, is $1-P$ also a projection operator?

Show that if $P$ is a (hermitian) projection operator, so are (a) $1-P$ and (b) $$ U^{+}PU $$ for any operator $U$
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An routine exercise about matrix norm

If $T_{n}\in M_{k(n)}(\mathbb{C})$ and $||T_{n}^{*}T_{n}-1_{k(n)}||\rightarrow0$, then $||T_{n}T_{n}^{*}-1_{k(n)}||\rightarrow 0$ too? (Here, $M_{k(n)}(\mathbb{C})$ denotes the $k(n) \times k(n)$ ...
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Spectrum of Rank 1 Operators

Given $\psi$ and $\phi$ in a Hilbert space $H$, we let $T$ be the rank-1 operator such that $$T\varphi=<\psi,\varphi>\phi.$$ It is easy to find the eigenvalues of $T$, they are $0$ and ...
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A question about Invariant subspaces of an algebra.

I feel that this is a very simple problem, but somehow I don't see the solution. I want to show that if $A$ is a subalgebra of $B(H)$ containing $1$ then if $B\in SOTcl(A)$, for every n, ...
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A Representation of $C(X)$ is a positive map.

I quote this excerpt from Conway: "A representation $\rho:C(X) \rightarrow \mathcal{B(\mathcal{H}})$ is a $\ast$-homomorphism with $\rho(1)=1$. Also, $\|\rho\|=1$. If $f\in C(X)_+$, then $f=g^2$ ...
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A detail in Rădulescu's Theorem proof

I've been following one Rădulescu's Theorem proof ($G$ is hyperlinear if and only if $\mathcal{L}_{G}$ can be embedded in a ultrapower of the hyperfinite type-$II_{1}$ factor $\mathcal{R}$, where ...
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Properties of a $B^\ast$-algebra

Defining a complex Banach algebra as a $B^\ast$-algebra when it is equipped with an application $\ast:B\to B$ such that for any $x,y\in B$ $$(x+y)^\ast=x^\ast+y^\ast,\quad(xy)^\ast=x^\ast ...
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Finding the norm of this upper triangular matrix

I have a matrix $A=\begin{pmatrix} a & b\\ 0 & a\end{pmatrix}\in M_2(\mathbb{C})$. Given that $|a|<1$ and $|b|\leq 1-|a|^2$, I am supposed to show that $\|A\|\leq 1$ (operator norm). I ...
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A proposition about residually finite dimensional C*-algebra

Here is a proposition in a book "C*-algebra and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" P239 Proposition 7.1.8 Every type I C*-algebra with a faithful tracial state is RFD. Proof Let $\tau$ be a ...
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A question about *-homomorphism

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $\phi_{i}: A\rightarrow M_{k(i)}(\mathbb{C})$ (the $M_{k(i)}(\mathbb{C})$ denotes the $k(i)\times k(i)$ complex matrices) be c.c.p maps which are asymptotically ...
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A question about functional calculus

Here is a Lemma in a book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" P238. Definition 7.1.1 A C*-algebra $A$ is called quasidiagonal (QD) if there exists a net of c.c.p. maps $\phi_{n}: ...
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Diagonalization of total angular momentum over creation operators for an isotropic harmonic oscillator?

You have an isotropic three dimensional quantum harmonic oscillator so the Hamiltonian is $$ H=\frac{p^2}{2}+\frac{r^2}2 $$ If you do the creation-annihilation operator-algebra trick and define ...
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Bounded operators with infinite matrix representations

Suppose that $A$ is a unital $C^*$-algebra, $\varphi\colon A\to B(H)$ is a unital, completely positive map and that $I$ is a non-empty set. If $A\subseteq B(K)$ for some Hilbert space $K$, we can ...
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Polar decomposition in a finite von Neumann algebra

Suppose $\mathcal{M}$ is a finite von Neumann Algebra and $a \in \mathcal{M}$. Does it follow that we can write $a = |a|u$ where $u$ is a unitary operator. I know we can write $a = |a|u$ where $u$ ...
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A question about positive forms on involutive algebras.

A linear form $f$ on an involutive algebra $A$ is said to be positive if $f(x^\ast x)\geq 0$ for every $x$ in $A$. To be useful, this definition requires that is not always possible to write ...
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An exercise about the positive operator

Here is an exercise in functional analysis: An operator $T$ on Hilbert space is positive is positive if and only if all compressions by finite-rank projections ($P_{n}TP_{n}$ for any $n$) are ...
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When two projections in a C*-algebra are “almost” Murray-von Neumann equivalent, they are equivalent

Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $p,q \in A$ be projections. Assume there is an element $a\in A$ such that $\|aa^*-p\|<\frac{1}{4}$ and $\|a^*a-q\|<\frac{1}{4}$. Then there is a partial isometry $v$ ...
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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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The uniform homeomorphism between $\mathrm{Prob}(\Gamma)$ and $l^{2}(\Gamma)$

Here is a quotation of book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. In the proof of Proposition 4.4.5. (In P132), the author says: The assertion $(1)\Longleftrightarrow ...
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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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sums of projections in C*-algebras

Let $A$ be a $C$*-algebra with unit $e$. If $p$ and $q$ are projections such that $p+q+\lambda e$ is a projection for some $\lambda\in\mathbb{R}$, is it true that the only possible values for ...
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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 ...