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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How to prove that an operator is compact?

Consider $T\colon\ell^2\to\ell^2$ an operator such that $Te_k=\lambda_k e_k$ with $\lambda_k\to 0$ as $k \to \infty$ how to prove that it is compact?
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Question about Fredholm operator

$X,Y$ are Banach spaces and $A\in B(X,Y)$ is a Fredholm operator (that is, the dimensions of ker($A$) and coker($A$) are both finite), then are closed linear subspaces ker($A$) and Im($A$) ...
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Why do zeta regularization and path integrals agree on functional determinants?

When looking up the functional determinant on Wikipedia, a reader is treated to two possible definitions of the functional determinant, and their agreement is trivial in finite dimensions. The first ...
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Compactness of a bounded operator $T\colon c_0 \to \ell^1$

Pitt Theorem says that any bounded linear operator $T\colon \ell^r \to \ell^p$, $1 \leq p < r < \infty$, or $T\colon c_0 \to \ell^p$ is compact. I know how to prove this in case $\ell^r \to ...
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Easy Proof Adjoint(Compact)=Compact

I am looking for an easy proof that the adjoint of a compact operator on a Hilbert space is again compact. This makes the big characterization theorem for compact operators (i.e. compact iff image of ...
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Question about Angle-Preserving Operators

This an exercise out of Spivak's "Calculus on Manifolds". Edit: There was a typo in the exercise as is noted below in the answers. The statement has been edited to reflect this. Given ...
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Compact sets as point spectrum of a bounded operator

It is well known that if $K$ is any compact set in $\mathbb{C}$, then there exist a bounded linear operator $T:l_2\to l_2$ such that $\sigma(T)=K$. My questions are: Q1) Does there exist $T$, a ...
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Is there a formula similar to $f(x+a) = e^{a\frac{d}{dx}}f(x)$ to express $f(\alpha\cdot x)$?

Using the Taylor expansion $$f(x+a) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{a^k}{k!}\frac{d^k }{dx^k}f(x)$$ one can formally express the sum as the linear operator $e^{a\frac{d}{dx}}$ to obtain $$f(x+a) = ...
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Resolvent Set: Definition

Given Banach spaces: $X,Y$ Consider a linear operator: $T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to Y$ (not necessarily bounded nor closed nor closable nor densely defined) Define for the shorthand the shifted operator: ...
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Graph of symmetric linear map is closed

A homework problem: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. Let $T:H\rightarrow H$ be a symmetric linear map ($\langle Tx,y\rangle=\langle x,Ty\rangle$). Show that $S$ is bounded. My attempt: I'd ...
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Prove that $\sigma(AB) \backslash \{0\} = \sigma(BA)\backslash \{0\} $

Prove that $\sigma(AB) \backslash \{0\} = \sigma(BA)\backslash \{0\} $. Where $A,\ B$ are bounded operators in Banach space and $\sigma$ denotes spectrum.
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A compact operator is completely continuous.

I have a question. If $X$ and $Y$ are Banach spaces, we have to prove that a compact linear operator is completely continuous. A mapping $T \colon X \to Y$ is called completely continuous, if it maps ...
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Equivalent Definitions of the Operator Norm

Would you give me a proof of the equivalence of these ones? $$\begin{align*} \lVert A\rVert_{\mathrm{op}} &= \inf\{ c\;\colon\; \lVert Av\rVert\leq c\lVert v\rVert \text{ for all }v\in V\}\\ ...
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$\operatorname{Range}T$ is a closed subspace.

Let $X,Y$ two Banach spaces. If $T \in \mathcal{B}(X,Y)$ study if $\operatorname{Range}T$ is a closed subspaces. How can I prove this fact ? What theorems can I use ? thanks :)
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Closure of the invertible operators on a Banach space

Let $E$ be a Banach space, $\mathcal B(E)$ the Banach space of linear bounded operators and $\mathcal I$ the set of all invertible linear bounded operators from $E$ to $E$. We know that $\mathcal I$ ...
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What is operator calculus?

I watched the excellent interview with Richard Feynman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsgBtOVzHKI In the interview Feynman mention that he at young age re-invented operator calculus. I have searched ...
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If $(I-T)^{-1}$ exists, can it always be written in a series representation?

If $X$ is a Banach space, and $T:X \to X$ is a bounded linear operator with norm < $1$, then $I-T$ has a bounded inverse defined by $(I-T)^{-1} = \sum_{n=0}^\infty T^n$. Thinking in terms of a ...
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Sum of Closed Operators Closable?

Let $A$ and $B$ be closed operators on a (separable complex) Hilbert space with dense domains $D(A)$ and $D(B)$ respecitvely. Then, we may define the operator $A+B$ on $D(A)\cap D(B)$. In general, ...
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Hilbert's Inequality

Could you help me to show the following: The operator $$ T(f)(x) = \int _0^\infty \frac{f(y)}{x+y}dy $$ satisfies $$\Vert T(f)\Vert_p \leq C_p \Vert f\Vert_p $$ for $1 <p< \infty$ where ...
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Hellinger-Toeplitz theorem use principle of uniform boundedness

Suppose $T$ is an everywhere defined linear map from a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ to itself. Suppose $T$ is also symmetric so that $\langle Tx,y\rangle=\langle x,Ty\rangle$ for all ...
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Differential equations and Fourier and Laplace transforms

Why do both the Fourier transform and the Laplace transform appear in the study of differential equations? I've never understood why there are some situations where the Fourier transform is used and ...
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Gelfand-Naimark Theorem

The Gelfand–Naimark Theorem states that an arbitrary C*-algebra $ A $ is isometrically *-isomorphic to a C*-algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space. There is another version, which states that ...
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Determining the action of the operator $D\left(z, \frac d{dz}\right)$

This question was motivated by a question by Tobias Kienzler and its wonderful answers. I begin as in the linked question... Using the Taylor expansion $$f(z+a) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty ...
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local convexity of $L_p$ spaces

wiki says The spaces $L_p([0, 1])$ for $0 < p < 1$ are equipped with the F-norm they are not locally convex, since the only convex neighborhood of zero is the whole space Why is this so? ...
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Positive operator is bounded

For a real Banach space $X$ let $A:X\rightarrow X^*$ be a positive operator in the sense that $(Ax)(x)\geq 0$ for all $x\in X$. Show that $A$ is bounded. I don't know how to do that, maybe it's ...
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Compact multiplication operators

In class, we started talking about operators on Banach spaces after covering the Arzela-Ascoli Theorem. We defined a continuous operator $T\colon X \to Y$ to be compact if $\overline{T(B_X)}^{Y}$ is ...
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positive invertible operators

I need the following result. I think it's quite obvious but I don't know how to prove that: Let $C, T : \mathcal{H} \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be two positive, bounded, self-adjoint, invertible ...
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Prove that $T$ is an orthogonal projection

Let $T$ be a linear operator on a finite-dimensional inner product space $V$. Suppose that $T$ is a projection such that $\|T(x)\| \le \|x\|$ for $x \in V$. Prove that $T$ is an orthogonal projection. ...
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Every Hilbert space operator is a combination of projections

I am reading a paper on Hilbert space operators, in which the authors used a surprising result Every $X\in\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is a finite linear combination of orthogonal projections. The ...
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Proof that operator is compact

Prove that the operator $T:\ell^1\rightarrow\ell^1$ which maps $x=(x_1,x_2,\dots)$ to $\left(x_1,\frac{x_2}{2},\frac{x_3}{3},\dots\right)$ is compact. For an arbitrary sequence $x^{(N)}\in\ell^1$ ...
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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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Questions about a PDE: $-u_{txx}+u_{t}=u_{x}$, $u(x,0)=u_0(x)$, $x,t\in{\bf R}$

Consider the BBM equation: $-u_{txx}+u_{t}=u_{x}$, $u(x,0)=u_0(x)$, $x,t\in{\bf R}$. One may rewrite this equation as following $u_t=((I-A)^{-1}\partial_x)u$ where $Au=u_{xx}$ if $(I-A)^{-1}$ ...
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Norms involving positive operators

Let's say we have $A \leq B$. Is it then true that $||Ax|| \leq ||Bx||$ (where $x, A, B$ all belong to the same finite-dimensional Hilbert space $H$)?
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Alternative definition of strong/weak operator topology.

Given two normed spaces $(X, ||\cdot||_X)$ and $(Y,||\cdot||_Y)$ the space of bounded linear maps $\mathcal{B}(X,Y)$ can be equipped with the strong operator topology (SOT) as follows: The ...
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Projection of the third dual of a Banach space onto the first dual

Let $j_X:X\rightarrow X^{**}$ denote the canonical embedding. I've read several articles where it is assumed that the reader is familiar with the idea that there is a norm one projection from ...
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Operators on $C([0,1])$ that is compact or not.

For $f\in C([0,1])$ set $$Hf(x) = \frac{1}{x}\int_0^x f(t)dt.$$ a) Show that $H$ is a bounded operator from $C([0,1])$ into itself which is not compact. b) From a) it follows that $H$ induces a ...
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Weakly compact operators on $\ell_1$

Is the following assertion true/known? Let $V$ be a Banach space and let $T\colon \ell_1\to V$ be a bounded linear operator. Is it true that $T$ is not weakly compact if and only if there is a ...
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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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Prove that the limit exist II

First question was here. I add one new condition. Let $T : H \rightarrow H$ is a linear continuous unitary ($T^*=T^{-1}$) operator, $H$ is a Hilbert space (not necessary). Suppose that $\forall h ...
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Proving that $AB-BA=cI$ for nontrivial $c \in \mathbb{C}$

I have a homework question I can`t solve: Let $X$ be a normed linear space, $A,B \in B(X)$. Show that there exists no nontrivial $c \in \mathbb{C} $ such that $AB-BA=cI$. Thanks alot already guys! I ...
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Normal operators in Hilbert spaces

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space and let $T:H\to H$ be a continues linear map such that there exists an orthonormal basis of $H$ that consists of the eigenvectors of $T$. Show that $T$ is normal. ...
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Compact operator? self adjoint operator? Stirling's formula

Define a pair of operators $S\colon\ell^2 \rightarrow \ell^2$ and $M\colon\ell^2 \to\ell^2$ as follows: $$S(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4,\ldots)=(0,x_1,x_2,x_3,\ldots) $$ and ...
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Bounded operator and Compactness problem

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with orthonormal basis $(e_{n})_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$. Furthermore, let $T\colon H\rightarrow C[a,b]$ be a bounded operator. a) Let $x\in [a,b]$. Show that there is a ...
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Prove that the limit exist

Let $T : H \rightarrow H$ is a linear continuous unitary ($T^*=T^{-1}$) operator, $H$ is a Hilbert space (not necessary). Suppose that $\forall h \in H \Rightarrow Th=h$ $T_n$ - a sequence of ...
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Does an irreducible operator generate an exact $C^{*}$-algebra?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable Hilbert space and $B(H)$ the algebra of bounded operators. Definition : An operator $T \in B(H)$ is irreducible if $W^{*}(T)=B(H)$. Definition : A ...
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Show $T$ is invertible if $T'$ is invertible where $T\in B(X)$, $T'\in B(X')$

Seems simple enough but I can't quite get it. $X$ is a complex Banach space, and $T\in B(X)$, $T'\in B(X')$ is its adjoint. Suppose $T'$ is invertible. How can we show that $T$ is invertible? I have ...
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Different types of continuity for operators on Hilbert spaces

In chapter one of K-theory and $C^*$-algebras, a Friendly Approach, the author gives a very brief discussion about several types of continuity of operators between Hilbert spaces. Let $T: ...
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can we prove that a certain supremum of affine functions is frechet differentiable or at least continuous?

Let $X$ be a Hilbert space. Let $A\colon \operatorname{dom} A\to X$ be linear operator with closed graph (not necessarily bounded). Define $$ g\colon \operatorname{dom}A\to \mathbb{R}:x\mapsto ...
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generalized functions & operators

I am dealing with a function $f(r) $that behaves like ~ $\frac{1}{r}$ when approaching zero. When I take the Laplacian of this guy and then integrate the result ([0,$\infty$]) I get some additional ...
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Two questions from Dixmier's book on Von Neumann algebras

It seems something is going wrong with the preview I linked in some of my previous questions, so I will just type out the question. I am having trouble with Dixmier's proof of Corollary 5 on p. 46. ...