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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The positive element in a C*-algebra

The following is a theorem of Conway's Functional Analysis: for the proof ($c\to a$), I think we can say: for $\lambda\in \sigma(a)\subset \Bbb R$, there is a character $h:C(\sigma(a))\to\Bbb C$ ...
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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, $Lat(A^{(n)})...
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norm of a matrix that its entries are operators in B(H).

Let S is a subset of B(H). Define $M_2(S)=\{T= \left( \begin{array}{ccc} A & B \\ C & D \\ \end{array} \right) : A,B,C,D \in S\}$. what is the relationship between $||T||$ and ||A||,||B||,|...
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Norm of Hardy-Littlewood maximal operator

We define Hardy-Littlewood maximal operator $M$ by \begin{equation} Mf(x)=\sup_{r>0} \frac{1}{|B(x,r)|} \int_{B(x,r)} |f(y)| dy \end{equation} where $B(x,r)$ denotes the ball centered at $x \in \...
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Self-adjoint elements in a C*-algebra

I have a simple question which confused me. Suppose $A$ is a C*-algebra. every $x\in A$ has a representation such as $x=a+ib$ where $a,b$ are self-adjoint elements of $A$. Also we claim that $x^*x$ ...
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*-isomorphism of a C*-algebra into an involutive Banach algebra is norm increasing

The following is a proposition of Takesaki's Operator theory: My question: How does he assume, considering the C*-subalgebra generated by k instead of $*$-Banach algebra B? Are we sure that the C*-...
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Show that a unitary operator is of the form exp(iA)

This is an exercise from chapter 2 in Conway's "A Course in Operator Theory": Show that every unitary operator on a Hilbert space can be written as $U=\exp(iA)$ for some Hermitian $A$. I tried to ...
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Monotone operator without symmetry?

A function $f : \mathbb{R}^{n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^n$ is monotone with respect to $P = P^\top\succcurlyeq 0$ if $$ \left( f(x) - f(y) \right)^\top P (x-y) \geq 0 $$ for all $x,y$. Now suppose that ...
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Compact Operator Inversion

Let I be a positive compact in $\mathscr{B}(\mathscr{H})$ (where $\mathscr{H}$ is some Hilbert space) then $I$ can be written (uniquely) as $A^2=I$ for some $A \in \mathscr{B}(\mathscr{H})$. My ...
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Limit of an element in a unital C*-algebra

Let $A$ be a unital C*-algebra. Show that an element $x$ of $A$ is self-adjoint if and only if $\lim_{t\to 0}\frac{1}{t}(||1+itx||-1)$=0. My attempt: Suppose $x=x^*$. By functional calculus of x, ...
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Adjoint of differential operator in two variables

I would like to find the adjoint of the operator $$L = x \frac{\partial^{2}}{\partial y^{2}} \frac{\partial }{\partial x}.$$ I know the adjoint is the operator $L^{*}$ such that $$(Lu,v) = (u, L^{*}v)$...
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functional calculus on a set of normal elements is continuous

Let $K$ be a compact subset of $\Bbb C$. Let $A_K$ denote the set of all normal elements $x$ with $\sigma_A(x)\subset K$. If $f$ is a continuous function on $K$, then the functional calculus :$x\in ...
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polar decomposition of multiplicative operator on L^2 induced by identity function.

We know that every operator in B(H) has a polar decomposition. $T=VP$ that $P=|T|$ and V is a partial isometry with initial space closure of ImP and final space ImT. How can i obtain polar ...
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Calculating the form domain of an operator

I am reading the book "Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics" by Gerald Teschl and just came across the concept of a form domain. It is defined for non-negative operators i.e $<\phi,A \phi> \...
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Commutant of a C*-subalgebra of B(H)

In operator theory, we can prove that the commutant of $B(H)$ is $\mathbb{C} I$, where $I$ is the identity map. But a book states that every $C*$-subalgebra of $B(H)$ that contains the compact ...
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Does $\|f(T^*T)T^*\|_\infty = \|f(T^*T)(T^*T)^{\frac{1}{2}}\|_\infty$?

If $T:X\to Y$ is a compact operator and $X,Y$ are some Hilbert spaces, can we say that $\|f(T^*T)T^*\|_\infty = \|f(T^*T)(T^*T)^{\frac{1}{2}}\|_\infty$, where $T^*$ is its adjoint and $f$ some ...
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Find the norm of the operator $T:\ell^2 \to \ell^2$ defined by $Tx := (x_1, x_1+x_2, x_3, x_3+x_4, x_5, x_5+x_6, \ldots)$

Let $T : \ell^2 \to \ell^2$ (involving complex numbers) be defined by $$ Tx := (x_1, x_1+x_2, x_3, x_3+x_4, x_5, x_5+x_6, \ldots). $$ What is $\|T\|$? Essentially I've tried : To find $M \geq 0$ s....
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Derivative of a function which is treated as a variable

I have got a function $f=f(x)$. The derivative is $\partial_xf$. There are applications in which it is reasonable to treat $f$ as another variable in a larger context. In my application I now need an ...
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an exercise about the projections.

There is an exercise in operator theory that says: If P and Q are projections on H that $||P-Q||<1$ then dimension of ImP and ImQ are the same. i cant understand what is the relation between the ...
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Norm of the Linear (Integral) Operator on $C[0,1]$

There may be some similar questions being asked but I didn't see anything that was quite what I was looking for so I'll ask the question here. Let $X = (C[0,1],||.||_{\max})$ and $T:X \to X = \int^{t}...
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Homeomorphism between locally compact space $\Omega$ and maximal ideals space of $C_0(\Omega)$

the following is a proposition: If $\Omega$ is locally compact and $\Sigma$ is the maximal ideal space of $C_0(\Omega)$, then the map $x\to \delta_x$ is a homeomorphism. To prove it, the author ...
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Is there any multiplicative linear functional on B(H)?

If A is a Banach algebra, we say that $\Phi: A \longrightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is a multiplicative linear functional if $\Phi$ is nontrivial, linear and $\Phi(xy)=\Phi(x)\Phi(y)$. It is easy to see that ...
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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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Closed unit ball of B(H) is not compact in strong operator topology of B(H).

In operator theory we prove that closed unit ball of B(H) is compact in weak operator topology and is closed in strong operator topology. But a book of operator theory states that closed unit ball of ...
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The map $T\longmapsto \|T\|$ is not continuous in the strong operator topology of $\mathscr B(H)$

In the context of Strong and Weak operator topologies on $\mathscr B(H)$ there is an statement that says: the map on $\mathscr B(H)$ that $T\longmapsto \|T\|$ is not continuous in the strong operator ...
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An exercise about the spectrum of an element in Banach algebra.

An exercise of Banach algebra, section of spectrum has wanted the proof of this statement: Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and $x\in A$. Show that for every open set $U$ in $\mathbb{C}$ that contains ...
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Spectral radius of a normal element in a Banach algebra

I know that if $A$ is a C*-algebra, then $||x||=||x||_{sp}$ for every normal element $x\in A$. I like to find an example of a normal element $x$ in a involutive Banach algebra with $||x||\neq ||x||_{...
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Is a contractive algebraic homomorphism between unital $ C^{*} $-algebras a unital $ C^{*} $-algebraic homomorphism?

We know that a $ C^{*} $-algebraic homomorphism from a unital $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $ to a unital $ C^{*} $-algebra $ B $ is a linear multiplicative mapping that preserves units and respects the $ * $-...
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Why is this statement true for two equivalent projections in $B(H)$?

In a book of operator theory it is stated that two projections $P$ and $Q$ in a von Neumann algebra $A$ are equivalent if there exist $V$ in $A$ that $V^*V=P$ and $VV^*=Q$. After this definition, it ...
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Spectrum of an element of a non unital C*-algebra

I know that spectrum of an element $x$ of a unital C*-algebra is nonempty. I like to find an example of a non unital C*-algebra that has an element with empty spectrum, if it exists. Motivation I ...
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Spectral radius of an element in a C*-algebra

The following is an proposition of Takesaki's Operator Theory: For any element $x$ of a Banach algebra ${\cal A}$, we have $$||x||_{sp}=\lim_{n\to \infty}||x^n||^{\frac{1}{n}}$$ Proof: My ...
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What operation is being done for this set of values?

I have a table that looks like the following: A B C A | B A C B | A C A C | C A B Some operation is being done between an element in the ...
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Why is the weak operator closure of a commutative $\boldsymbol{C^*\!\!\!\!-}$algebra also commutative?

In a book on Operator Theory there is the following statement: If $\mathscr A$ is a commutative $C^*$-subalgebra of $\mathscr B(\mathcal H)$, where $\mathcal H$ is a Hilbert space, then the weak ...
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Continuity of an integral operator

I'm stuck with this exercise: Let $A \subset \mathbb{R}$ be a measurable set. For each $f \in L^1(\mathbb{R})$ and $y \in \mathbb{R}$, let: $T(f, y) = \int_{A}{f(x-y)\mathrm{d}x}$. I have to show ...
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What happens if we rotate the kernel of an integral operator?

Given an integral operator $K$ on $L^2(\mathbb R)$ with kernel $k(x, y)$, consider the integral operator $L$ on $L^2(\mathbb R)$, whose kernel has the form $k(\alpha x+\beta y, \gamma x+\delta y)$, ...
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Does an operator of x commute with the differential operator with respect to x?

While solving a problem in Quantum Mechanics I got an expression $ \frac{d}{dx}V(x)-V(x)\frac{d}{dx} $. The first term is just the derivative of the potential but the second one seems a bit weird. Is ...
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Proof of the product rule for the divergence

How can I prove that $\nabla \cdot (fv) = \nabla f \cdot v + f\nabla \cdot v,$ where $v$ is a vector field and $f$ a scalar valued function? Many thanks for the help!
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Those differential operators that are bounded.

Differential operators are known as unbounded operators, but there always are some exceptions. Does anyone know an example of a differential operator on appropriate Sobolev spaces that is not ...
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Bounded operators that are not closed.

If a bounded operator, say $A:D(A)\to X$, have $D(A)=X$ then it is closed. Can anybody construct an example of a bounded linear operator, without resorting and restricting to $D(A)=X$, that is not ...
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Notation of measures $d \mu$

I am reading the paper http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=3246935 and there some notation that I have found a bit confusing on page 1503 between Lemma 4.2 and 4.3. I'll give as much context as I ...
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When a symmetric densely defined operator is an adjoint operator?

I am wondering if it is possible to say that if a symmetric differential operator is densely defined then the operator is self-adjoint indeed? More Precisely, Let $A:D(A)(\subset H)\to H$ a densely ...
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Closed Operator on a Sobolev space

I am wondering if the following differential operator $A:D(A)( \subset {\bf{H}}) \to {\bf{H}}$ defined on the sobolev space $\mathbf{H}=H_{0}^{k}(0,1)\times {{L}^{2}}(0,1)\text{ }$ is a closed ...
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Norm of a character in a non-unital Banach algebra

Let $\cal A$ be an abelian non-unital Banach algebra and $h:{\cal A}\to {\Bbb C}$ be a homomorphism. If ${\cal A}$ has an approximate identity $\{e_i\}$ such that $||e_i||\leq 1$ for all i, then $||h||...
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Why is the spectrum usually defined for operators between Banach spaces?

The spectrum of a linear operator $L: \mathcal{D}(L) \rightarrow \mathcal{X} $ is generally defined for $\mathcal{X}$ a Banach space (as seen for example wikipedia on link above, or spectral ...
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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 can'...
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When Heine - Borel theorem holds

If $\cal A$ is an abelian Banach algebra, then its maximal ideal space $\Omega$ is a compact Hausdorff space. In the proof of this theorem, the author says, since $\Omega \subset ball \cal A^*$, it ...
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isometric isomorphism between normed spaces and its dual

Let $E$ and $F$ be normed spaces. If $E \equiv F$ (isometry isomorphic), Does $E^* \equiv F^*$ (isometry isomorphic)? Where $E^*$ and $F^*$ are continuous dual spaces.
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Is the range a of a generator of a strongly continuous semigroup contained in the domain of the generator?

Let $X$ be a banach space and $A:D(A)\rightarrow X$ be a infinteseminal generator of a a $C_0$ semi group $\{S(t)\}_{t\geq 0}$. In this case is it possible that $\operatorname{Range}(A)\subset D(A)$?...
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Example of a proper, dense ideal in a unital Banach algebra

I know that if ${\cal A}$ is a non- unital Banach algebra, then ${\cal A}$ may contain some proper, dense ideals. I need an example of a proper, dense ideal in a unital Banach algebra or show that it ...
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Sign of the eigenvalues of the Laplacian

I have to prove that, given the problem$$ \begin{cases} \Delta\:g+ \lambda \:g=0\quad {\rm in}\;D \\ g=0\quad {\rm on} \; D\end{cases}$$ then the eigevalues $\lambda>0$. I multiply the first ...