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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II$_1$-factors with finite commutant and trivial intersection generate $B(H)$?

Let $H$ be an $\infty$-dimensional separable Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the algebra of bounded operators. Let $\mathcal{A}$, $\mathcal{B} \subset B(H)$ be II$_1$-factors such that $\mathcal{A}'$, ...
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Compact operators on $L^2(G)$ as a reduced cross product of $C_0(G)$ and $G$.

If any of the terminology is unclear then please don't hesitate to point it out. My question is: is it true that when $G$ is a locally compact second countable group then: \begin{equation*} C_0(G) ...
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Do two II$_1$-factors with trivial intersection generate $B(H)$?

Let $H$ be an infinite dim. separable Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the algebra of bounded operators. Let $A$, $B \subset B(H)$ be II$_1$-factors such that $A \cap B = \mathbb{C}I$. Examples: (1) Take ...
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“Refinement” of the existence of faithful representations of C*-algebras?

Conway, in a course in operator theory, brings the statement 1. below as a theorem and statement 2. below as an exercise. Still, he states that 2. refines 1., but I can't see it. Every C*-algebra ...
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Question on amenable direct summand

Given a finite Von Neumann algebra $(N,\tau)$, and Von Neumann subalgebras $A\subset B$, I came across the fact saying that $B$ has an amenable direct summand implies $A$ has an amenable direct ...
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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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Maximal Ideals and Maximal Subspaces in normed algebras

This is a kind of "prove or give a counter-example" question, and I'm having some difficults with it: By a maximal ideal $I$ of an algebra $A$, we mean an ideal $I\neq A$ which is not properly ...
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Where is the most clear and concise exposition of the spectral theorem for self-adjoint operators on Hilbert space?

This question is certainly subjective, which may warrant votes to close. I'm simply looking to find the "best" written exposition of the spectral theorem for possibly unbounded self-adjoint operators ...
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Abstract Von Neumann Algebras

I have just read this question Is a von Neumann algebra just a C*-algebra which is generated by its projections? and am wondering about Robert Israel's answer when he says that a subalgebra of $C(X)$ ...
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von Neumann Algebras and measures

I read that any abelian von Neumann algebra is isomorphic to $L^\infty(X,\mu)$ for some $X$ and $\mu$. This seems to be reasons, to consider any von Neumann Algebra as non-commutative measurable ...
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find element in relative commutant of a matrix subalgebra

Let $M=A*P$ to be a free product von Neumann algebra, and $A$ is a finite dimensional subalgebra, for simplicity, we may assume $A=M_2(\mathbb{C})$, and $P\neq \mathbb{C}$. A standard fact is that ...
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Spectrum of normal elements in C*-algebras

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra and $x \in \mathcal{A}$ a normal element. Can you show that $\left\{ \phi(x) : \phi \text{ is a state on } \mathcal{A} \right\}$ is the closed convex hull of the ...
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Integration with values in a $C^*$-algebra

My question is quite specific to locally compact groups but I'm sure it can be generalised to locally compact Hausdorff spaces with a Borel measure. Let $G$ be a locally compact group and fix a Haar ...
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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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Why is $K_{0}(C(\mathbb{D}))\rightarrow K_{0}(C(\mathbb{T}))$ injective?

There is the restriction map $\pi:C(\mathbb{D})\rightarrow C(\mathbb{T})$ where $\mathbb{D}$ is the closed unit disk and $\mathbb{T}$ is the unit circle. Why is $\pi_*:K_0(C(\mathbb{D}))\rightarrow ...
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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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A question on finite-dimensional operator system

Let $A$, $B$ be C*-algebras, $E\subset A$ be an operator system and $J\triangleleft B$ be an ideal. Can we verify the union of the subspaces $\frac{E\otimes B}{E\otimes J}$, where $E\subset A$ is a ...
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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 ...
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Conditional expectation onto maximal abelian subalgebras

If you take a von Neumann algebra $M$ and any its maximal abelian subalgebra (masa) $D$, then there is a norm-one projection from $M$ onto $D$ (conditional expectation). The same is true if you take ...
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A simple lemma in tensor product

Here is a quotation of a book: ($\otimes$ denotes the minimal tensor product) Lemma 3.9.2. Let $A$ be a C*-algebra. If $E\subset A$ is an operator system and $J\triangleleft B$ is an ideal, then ...
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A question on nuclearity

Definition 2.1.1. If $A$, $B$ are C*-algebra, a map $\theta: A\rightarrow B$ is called nuclear if there exist contractive completely positive maps $\phi_{n}: A\rightarrow M_{k(n)}(\mathbb{C})$ and ...
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Faithful Representations of C*-algebras

Can anyone give me an example of a represetation of the algebra $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ that is not faithul? If it's not possible, could you explain me why it is not?
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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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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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Ultra weakly continuous trace on a von Neumann Algebra

Let $M$ be a infinite dimensional von Neumann Algebra with a positive, faithful, ultra weakly continuous trace $tr:M\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$. Is it possible to show that $tr$ is strongly continuous?
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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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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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Bogoliubov Transformation

Let $\mathcal{A}_{CAR}(\mathcal{H})$ be a CAR algebra over a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider a linear $S$ and an antilinear $T$ both bounded operators acting on $\mathcal{H}$ satisfying: ...
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Examples of hyperstonean space

From the abelian von Neumann algebra, I see the hyperstonean space as its spectrum(analogy with the C*-algebra). Now I want to see some examples of hyperstonean space. 1) Can you give me a ...
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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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Unique trace on a type $II_1$ von Neumann Algebra

Let $M \subseteq B(H)$ be a type $II_1$ von Neumann Algebra. Then any two non-zero ultraweakly continious normalised traces $Tr,tr : \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ are equal. I'm trying to understand this ...
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Minimal projections and Type II von Neumann Algebras.

Let $M \subseteq B(H)$ be a type $II_1$ factor. Can it contain a minimal projection? If it can't, what would go wrong? I assume something about the trace being faithful?
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Integral with Dirac Delta

I've to compute this expression $$ \hat{H} = \frac{1}{4}g_2\int d^3R\int d^3r\ \bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}+\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\bar{\Psi}(\vec{R}-\frac{\vec{r}}{2})\left[ \delta(\vec{r})\nabla_{\vec{r}}^2 ...
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A question on tensor product of $C^{*}$ algebras

Let $A$ and $B$ be two $C^{*}$ algebras. Assume that every element of the minimal tensor product $A\otimes_{min} B$ is a finite linear combination of simple tensors $a\otimes b$. Can we say that ...
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Weyl Operators: Discontinuity

Let $\mathcal{A}_{CCR}(\mathcal{H})$ be a CCR algebra over a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Then the Weyl operators are unitary and therefore $\sigma(W(f))\subseteq \mathbb{S}$ so by the spectral ...
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Ultra weakly closed *-subalgebra of B(H)

I'm currently working on a text about von Neumann algebras and the author used without further clarifying that any ultra weakly closed *-subalgebra of $B(H)$ contains a largest projection. Could ...
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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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Polar decomposition in a von Neumann algebra

Let $M \subseteq B(H)$ be a von Neumann algebra and $T \in M$. If $T=U|T|$ is the polar decomposition of T, why is $U \in M$? I'm thinking it's because $M$ is SOT-closed, but I'm not entirely sure.
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Analytic Vectors (Nelson's Theorem)

Is there a (simple) proof for Nelson's theorem that a symmetric operator is essentialky selfadjoint if it contains a dense subset of analytic vectors?
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C*-Algebra: Positive Operator

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra. If $A\in\mathcal{A}$ is a selfadjoint element then $A^*A=A^2$ has positive spectrum since: ...
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Idempotent operators.

Apologies first. I am a physicist and my notations and rigour is probably lousy. If $P$ is an idempotent operator, $P^2 = P$, $P\neq \mathbb1$ and we have $\forall |\psi\rangle$ the relation, $P.L ...
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Kadison's Inequality

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a C*-algebra and $\omega$ a positive linear functional. Is there a simple proof for Kadison's inequality: $$\overline{\omega(A)}\omega(A)\leq\omega(A^*A)$$
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Positive Operators: Definition?

Let $A$ be a self adjoint element of a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}$ resp. a self adjoint operator of the operator algebra $\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ of bounded operators over a Hilbert space ...
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The spectral projection of a positive operator

Let $T_{n}\in B(H)$ be a positive operator on Hilbert space $H$ and $T_{n}\rightarrow 1_{H}$ in the strong operator topology. Now fix $\delta>0$ and let $P_{n}$ be the spectral projection of ...
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Groupoid $C^*$ algebra of product groupoid

Let $G$ and $H$ be locally compact (Hausdorff, second countable) groupoids with Haar systems $\mu$ and $\nu$, respectively. Is it true then that the (full) groupoid $C^*$-algebras satisfy $$ ...
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A simple description of $ {C^{*}}(\Gamma) \otimes_{\sigma} {C^{*}}(\Gamma) $ when $ \Gamma $ is finite.

Problem. Let $ \Gamma $ be a discrete group. Denote its full group $ C^{*} $-algebra by $ {C^{*}}(\Gamma) $. If $ \Gamma $ is a finite group, then is it true that $ {C^{*}}(\Gamma) \odot ...
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*-representations of dense subalgebras

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and let $K(H)$ be the C*-algebra of compact operators on $H$. Suppose that $A$ is a *-subalgebra of $K(H)$ which contains all the finite-rank operators. Given a ...
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Minimal and maximal unitization of $C^{*}$ algebras

Is there a non unital $C^{*}$ algebra $A$ for which the multiplier algebra $M(A)$ is isomorphic to the minimal unitization $\tilde{A}$?
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Matix column-wise multiplication operator

I'm trying to find the proper operator for a column wise multiplication. Consider $v=[v_1, v_2, ..., v_n]^T$ and $A=\begin{bmatrix} a_{1,1} & a_{1,2} & a_{1,3} \\a_{2,1} & a_{2,2} & ...
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Why study Bergman Spaces?

I'm interested in Operator Algebras and mathematical physics; recently, a friend showed me Duren and Schuster's "Bergman Spaces". I've read about two chapters now and I see there is a nice play ...