Operator theory is the branch of functional analysis that focuses on bounded linear operators, but it includes closed operators and nonlinear operators. Operator theory is also concerned with the study of algebras of operators.

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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 $\|a^*a-p\|<\frac{1}{4}$. Then there is a partial isometry $v$ ...
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Show that $T:X\rightarrow X$ is chaotic iff every finite family of nonempty open sets shares a periodic orbit.

Here is a problem from Grosse-Erdmann and Peris' Linear Chaos book that I am trying to solve. Exercise 1.3.4. Show that $T:X\rightarrow X$ is chaotic iff every finite family of nonempty open sets ...
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Continuous spectral theorem example

The spectral theorem can be explicitly expressed for an hermitian matrix by providing its eigen decomposition. In the more general case of a bounded self-adjoint operator with a continuous spectrum, ...
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Exercise 23 from chapter 4 (“Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction”) of Stein & Shakarchi's “Real Analysis”

Consider exercise 23 from chapter 4 ("Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction") of [1] (p. 198). Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you in advance. Suppose $\{T_k\}$ is a collection of bounded ...
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Extending mappings on simple tensors

Consider the following situation: Let $H, K$ be Hilbert spaces and let $\Phi$ be some mapping defined on simple tensors in $H\otimes K$ taking values in $B(H\otimes K)$ with the property that each ...
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Basis of eigenfunctions in Banach space

I have a question about proving the existence of a basis of eigenfunctions. Assume we have a compact operator $L:\mathcal{B}\rightarrow\mathcal{B}$, where $\mathcal{B}$ is a Banach space of analytic ...
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Exercise 31 from chapter 4 (“Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction”) of Stein & Shakarchi's “Real Analysis”

The following problem shows that $\{e^{inx}\}_{n \in \mathbb{Z}}$ is an orthonormal basis of $L^2([-\pi, \pi])$. It is taken from [1] (exercise 31 of chapter 4: "Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction", pp. ...
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Exercise 34 from chapter 4 (“Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction”) of Stein & Shakarchi's “Real Analysis”

Consider exercise 34 from chapter 4 ("Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction") of [1] (p. 201): Let K be a Hilbert-Schmidt kernel which is real and symmetric. Then, as we saw, the operator $T$ whose ...
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Problem 8 from chapter 4 (“Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction”) of Stein and Shakarchi's Real Analysis

The following is problem 8 from chapter 4 ("Hilbert Spaces: An Introduction") of Stein and Shakarchi's Real Analysis. Suppose $\{t_k\}$ is a collection of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$. ...
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Relation between two spectra

This seems like an easy enough computation but I'm stuck! Let $X \in B(H)$ for a Hilbert space $H$ such that $X^{2}=0$, but $X\neq 0$. With respect to the decomposition $H=\text{ker}X \oplus ...
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Quantum translation operator

Let $T_\epsilon=e^{i \mathbf{\epsilon} P/ \hbar}$ an operator. Show that $T_\epsilon\Psi(\mathbf r)=\Psi(\mathbf r + \mathbf \epsilon)$. Where $P=-i\hbar \nabla$. Here's what I've gotten: ...
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Operator norm and Hilbert Schmidt norm

I'm looking for a proof of \begin{equation} ||T||\leq ||T||_{HS}, \end{equation} for which it is sufficient to show \begin{equation} ||Tx|| \leq ||x|| \cdot ||T||_{HS} \forall x\in H, x\not=0 ...
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bounded linear operators is B(X,Y) is complete if Y is complete

QUESTION#1 is why he required that the space Y is complete not only the range of the operators is complete? QUESTION#2 In the proof of this theorem : i take a cauchy sequence {Tn} from B(X,Y) and ...
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Question about proof of Browder, Minty Theorem

Could someone please assist with the following question: In the following SET OF NOTES, I am interested to know how the author obtains "By Lemma 1.11, the Galerkin equations (2.5 has a solution ...
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How to show an operator is invertible?

How to show an operator is invertible in an abstact setting? I only know that if $\|T\|< 1$ then $I-T$ is invertible. For example: Let $(X_1, \|\cdot\|_1)$ and $(X_2, \|\cdot\|_2)$ be Banach ...
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Intersection of $\ell_p$

Let $\ell_p$ be defined as usual then what can be said about the intersection of $\ell_p$ spaces for i.e. $$\,\,\cap_{p=1}^{\infty}\ell_p\,\,$$
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Given $A_n : X\rightarrow Y$ linear and continuous, for each $x\in X$ $A_n(x) \rightharpoonup A(x)$ in $Y$, is $A$ continuous?

Given $A_n : X\rightarrow B$, a linear and continuous operator between two Banach spaces, for each $x\in X$ $A_n(x) \rightharpoonup A(x)$ in $Y$, is $A$ linear and continuous? My attempt: $A$ ...
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Bounded linear operator commuting with every compact operators

Let $A$ be a bounded linear operator on the Banach space $X$. Assuming that $AK = KA$ for every compact operator $K$, how do I show that $A$ must be a scalar multiple of the identity, i.e., we have $A ...
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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 ...
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Solution of nonhomogeneous problem using semigroup of linear operators

Let $X$ be a complex Hilbert space; and let $A:D(A)\subset X \to X$ be a $\mathbb C-$linear operator. Assume that $A$ is self-adjoint(so that $D(A)$ is a dense subset of $X$) and that $A\leq 0$ (i.e., ...
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Perturbation of operators and eigenvalues

Suppose $P\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is a self-adjoint compact operator. Lets perturb $P$ by multiplying it by a bounded operator $S$ and set $T=PS.$ Then what can be said for the spectrum of $T?$ ...
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functional analysis: show L^1 integral operator has norm 1

I just started my course in functional analysis and have already stumbled across some things I don't understand, which are quite basic :(. In my lecture notes it says: Let $\mu$ be a measure on a ...
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Closest fixed point to a convex set

Consider the compact convex sets $Y \subset X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, and a Lipschitz continuous function $f : X \rightarrow X$. Assume that $f$ has multiple fixed points. (From Brouwer's theorem, $f$ ...
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Strong closure of a C*-algebra of operators.

In Arveson's book, the Kaplansky density theorem is proved in order to have this corollary: "Let $A$ be a self-adjoint algebra of operators on a separable Hilbert space $H$. Then for every operator ...
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Prove that $\frac{1}{\phi(D)}c=c\frac{1}{\phi(0)}$

Could someone prove the following? $$\frac{1}{\phi(D)}c=c\frac{1}{\phi(0)}$$ where $D$ is ${\frac{d}{dx}}$ and $c$ is a constant. for example $$\frac{1}{D^4+2D+3}c=c\frac{1}{0+0+3}=\frac{c}{3}$$
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Invariant subspaces and their complements

The following is Exercise 6.4.2 of Conway's Functional Analysis: Suppose $T\in B(X)$ where $X$ is a Banach space. Prove that $M$ is invariant under $T$ if and only if $M^{\perp}$ is invariant under ...
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How find two differential operator $A$ and $B$ such $A\circ \dfrac{d}{dx}=B\circ x$

Question: show that there exists differential operators $A$ and $B$ where $$A=\sum_{k=0}^{n}a_{k}(x)\dfrac{d^k}{dx^k}\neq 0,B=\sum_{k=0}^{n}b_{k}(x)\dfrac{d^k}{dx^k}\neq 0$$ ...
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Compactness of an operator on $c_0$ in terms of its infinite matrix representation

Let $A\in {\cal B}(c_0)$ (${\cal B}(c_0)$ is linear bounded operators on $c_0$) and for $n\geq 1$, define $e_n \in c_0$ by $e_n(m)=\delta_{nm}$. Put $\alpha_{nm}=(Ae_n)(m)$ for $n,m\geq 1$. we have $M ...
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Composition operator of a non-analytic function

I recently came across a problem that can be reformulated in simple terms involving the composition operator $$ C_g\colon X \to X, \quad f \mapsto f \circ g $$ for functions $$ f,g\colon \mathbb{C} ...
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self-adjoint operator without eigenvalues?

I have a self-adjoint operator $d$ which acts on vector fields defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$. I am interested on its eigenvalues. That is, I study the equation $d(X)-\lambda X=0$. I have found that if ...
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Exercise of direct sum of operators: could someone please check my work

I tried to do this exercise and was wondering of someone could please read my work and tell me if it is correct: Let $u: X \to Y$ and $u': X' \to Y'$ be bounded linear operators between Banach ...
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Fourier transform as diagonalization of convolution

I've read this in a lot of places but never quite got how this is true or meant. Let's say we have a convolution Operator $$ A_f(g) = \int f(\tau)g(t-\tau)d\tau $$ and apply it to $g(t)=e^{ikt}$. ...
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Intuitive meaning of the exponential form of an unitary operator

I'm an undergraduate student in Chemistry currently studying quantum mechanics and I have a problem with unitary transformations. Here in my book, it is stated that Every unitary operator ...
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If $T$ is topologically transitive and $X$ is separable and complete then there exists a dense set of points with dense backward orbits.

I am trying to solve exercise 1.2.7 from Grosse-Erdmann and Peris' book Linear Chaos. It is stated as follows: Let $T:X\rightarrow X$ be continuous on a separable and complete metric space $X$ ...
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Is there an expression for $\exp\left(t z^{i}\partial_{z}^{j} \right) f(z) = $?

Does an expression for $$ \exp\left(t z^{i}\partial_{z}^{j} \right) f(z) = ? $$ exist? For j=1 we have the usual expression for translation and scaling $$ \exp\left( t \partial_z\right) f(z) = ...
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$T\in\mathcal{L}(X,Y)$ maps closed bounded subsets onto closed subsets $\implies$ Range $T$ is closed.

Given two normed spaces $X$ and $Y$ and let $T$ be a bounded linear operator $T:X\to Y$. Assume that $T$ maps bounded and closed subsets of $X$ onto closed subsets of $Y$. Show that the range of $T$ ...
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Compactness of the Volterra opelator

The Volterra operator is given as \begin{eqnarray} (Vf)(x)=\int_0^xK(x,y)f(y)\,{\rm d}y. \end{eqnarray} By the Arzelà–Ascoli theorem, $V\colon C^0[0,1]\rightarrow C^0[0,1]$ is compact operator. But, ...
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Minimum eigen value of this operator valued self-adjoint matrix

Let $H=M \oplus M^{\perp}$ be a Hilbert space and an operator $A$ on $H$ be described with respect to the given decomposition as: $A= \left( \begin{array}{ccc} |z|^{2} & -\bar{z}\langle ...
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Give necessary and sufficient conditions for a multiplication on $L^p$ to be compact

Let $(X, \Omega, \mu)$ be a $\sigma-$ finite measure space and for $\phi \in L^\infty(\mu)$ let $M_\phi:L^p(\mu) \to L^p(\mu)$ defined by $M_\phi f = \phi f $ be the multiplication operator. Give ...
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equivalence of statements involving compact operators

Let T be a compact operator on a hilbert space H.I want to show that the following 2 statements are equivalent. For each $\lambda \in {\bf C} $, let $V_\lambda = \{ x \in H: Tx = \lambda x \}.$ ...
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If $T$ is self-adjoint, is the set of power series in $T$ closed?

If $T$ is a bounded self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space, is the set of convergent power series in $T$ closed in the norm topology? I ask because I'm reading some spectral theorems and I was ...
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Is an Invariant set Connected?

Let an autonomous dynamical system is characterized by the state equation $$ \dot x(t) = f(x(t)),\quad x(0)=x_0 $$ with state $x(t)\in \mathbb R^n$. The definition of invariant set, as I came across, ...
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Solution set of linear operator equations

Suppose $\mathcal{X}$ and $\mathcal{Y}$ are two Hilbert spaces. Let $A:\mathcal{X} \mapsto \mathcal{Y}$ be a bounded linear operator. Consider a linear operator equation $Ax=b$. My question is what ...
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$\sup$ norm of a function

The following is an example of Murphy's C*-algebras and operator theory: I do not know how he concludes $$\int_0^1 |k(s,t) - k(s',t)||f(t)| dt \leq \sup|k(s,t) - k(s',t)|||f||_\infty$$ Please help ...
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Periodic Laplace operator non closed in $ C^2(0,L)$

How can I show that the Laplacian operator is not closed in the domain $D=\{f \in C^2(0,L) \mid \mbox{ f is vanishing in a neighborhood of 0 and L } \}$ for a fixed $L$? And how can I show that it is ...
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Integral operator on $L^p$ is compact

Let $(X,\Omega,\mu)$ be an arbitrary measure space, $1<p<\infty$ , and $\frac{1}{p}+ \frac{1}{q} = 1$. If $k:X. X\to \Bbb C$ is an $\Omega.\Omega-$ measurable function such that $$M = [\int ...
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Shrinkage operator for matrices

Here http://web.stanford.edu/~boyd/papers/pdf/prox_algs.pdf, on page 188, you can see the derivation of the soft thresholding operator or shrinkage operator for the case of vectors using Moreau ...
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A matrix $G$ with all eigenvalues with nonzero real part. Then $t\mapsto |\exp(tG)x |$ is unbounded

I am trying to see why this is true. A book I am reading has this claim without any verification and I'm trying to see why it is true. Let $G$ be an $n\times n$ matrix all of whose eigenvalues have ...
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Given a block-form contraction operator $X$, can we write $I-XX^*$ as $PP^*$ with a nice block form of $P$?

Suppose the operator $$X = \begin{pmatrix} A & B \\ C & D \end{pmatrix}$$ is contractive, where $A, B, C$ and $D$ are themselves bounded operators, then we know that $I - XX^* = PP^*$ for ...
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What is the closest self-adjoint (positive) operator to a given operator?

Given an operator $\rho$ on a Hilbert space $H$, is there a notion of nearest self-adjoint (positive) approximation of $\rho$ for a suitable norm? More specifically, does there exist an algebraic ...