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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Limit of sequence of growing matrices

Let $$ H=\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 0 & 1/2\\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/2 & 0 \end{array}\right), $$ ...
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Is it possible to characterize completeness of a normed vector space by convergence of Neumann series?

If $X$ is a normed vector space and if for each bounded operator $T \in B(X)$ with $\| T\| < 1$, the operator ${\rm id} - T$ is boundedly invertible, does it follow that $X$ is complete? ...
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Inverse of Toeplitz Matrix Property

Sorry if this question has been asked already but I didn't find it. Given a symmetric Toeplitz matrix of the form $$\left[\begin{array}{llll} a_0 & a_1 & \dots & a_n\\ a_1 & a_0 ...
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What are the eigenfunctions of the D'Alembert operator on pseudo-Riemannian manifolds?

Consider the operator $\Box=g^{\mu\nu}\nabla_\mu\nabla_\nu$ acting on a function space $\mathbf{F}(M)$, given by the set of functions $\phi:M\to\mathbb{R}$ whose values go to zero at infinity (at the ...
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When does analytic in the operator norm imply analytic in the trace class norm?

Consider $U$ a nice compact region in $\mathbb{C}$ with boundary $\Gamma$. Let $S_1$ b the ideal of trace class operators on a separable complex Hilbert space $H$. We will let $\|\cdot \|$ be the ...
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renorm a Banach space to make an operator have spectral radius equal to norm

Let $X$ be an infinite-dimensional complex Banach space equipped with the norm $\lVert\cdot\rVert$, and let $T\in\mathcal{L}(X)$ a bounded linear operator on $X$. Let $r(T)$ denote the spectral ...
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Fixed point: linear operators

I ask my question in two parts: though the topic is similar, I would like to distinguish linear and general cases since methods may be too different while my questions are broad. Consider a space $X$ ...
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compare norms on $\mathcal{B}(H)$

Given a Hilbert space $H$ and $a$ be a real numbers $\geq‎‎‎ 1$ , let $S_1(H)$ denote the space of trace-class operators on $H$, with the trace-class norm or Schatten 1-norm. That is $$ \Vert T ...
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Two Body Schrodinger Equations

I have a question involving the eigenvalues of a two-body Schrodinger equation. Let $$H=-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_1}-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_2}+\frac{e^2}{|{{x_1}-{x_2}}|}$$ over the Hilbert space ...
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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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Question about the Spectral Theorem for Self Adjoint Operators and Eigenvalues

I have been working through Teschl's book "Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Schrodinger Operators" and I am stuck on a problem in Chapter 3. I am trying to prove that if ...
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Hilbert transform and Hilbert matrix

The Hilbert matrix is \begin{bmatrix} 1 & \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & \dots \\[4pt] \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & & \ddots \\[4pt] ...
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Why is the numerical range of an operator convex?

Let $T$ be a Hilbert space operator. Its numerical range is \begin{equation} W(T)=\{\langle Tx,x\rangle:\|x\|=1\}.\end{equation} It is a well-known fact that $W(T)$ is a convex subset of the complex ...
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Eigenprojection as Contour Integral over Resolvent

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and let $A \in L(H)$ be a bounded linear operator. Assume that $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $A$ and assume further that $C_\lambda$ is a simple closed curve in the complex ...
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Invertibility of Toeplitz operator in $\ell_1$

Suppose we have a Toeplitz operator $$ T(a) = \begin{bmatrix} a_{0} & a_{-1} & a_{-2} & \ldots & \ldots &a_{-n+1} &\dots \\\\ a_{1} & a_0 & a_{-1} & \ddots & ...
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Two “different” adjoints of exterior derivative on manifolds with boundary in the $L^2$-setting

The follow problem appears in the setting of $L^2$-differential forms on manifolds with boundary. An abstracted operator theoretic problem is given below. Suppose $M$ is a smooth Riemannian manifold ...
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Bounded Operators: Topological Dual

Given Hilbert spaces $\mathcal{H}$ and $\mathcal{K}$. Consider the bounded operators: $$\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H},\mathcal{K}):=\{T:\mathcal{H}\to\mathcal{K}:\|T\|<\infty\}$$ Regard the linear ...
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Cyclic vector in $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$ space

Suppose we look at $\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$, which contains vectors $c=(\dots,c_{-2},c_{-1},c_0,c_1,\dots)$ with $\sum|c(n)|^2<\infty$. Define the right-translation operator by $$R:\{c(n)\}\mapsto ...
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Square root of differentiation

Let $T=d/dx$ be the differentiation operator on vector space $V=C^{\infty}(\mathbb{R})$, the space of real (complex) valued smooth maps on real line. To what extent, all subvector space ...
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Infer $Tf=\sum_{n=1}^\infty (f,f_n) f_n$ from frame condition.

A sequence of distinct vectors $\{f_1,f_2,...\}$ belonging to a separable Hilbert space $H$ is said to be a Frame if there exist positive contants $A$, $B$ such that, for $A<B$ and for all $f\in H$ ...
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Pointwise approximation of a closed operator

If $T:\mathcal D(T) \rightarrow \mathcal Y$ is a closed operator from a Banach space $\mathcal X$ to a Banach space $\mathcal Y$, is it possible to find bounded operators $T_n\in \mathscr B(\mathcal ...
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Check proof about range of bounded linear operator.

I have to prove that the range $\mathcal{R}(T)$ of bounded linear operator $T:X\rightarrow Y$; $X,Y$ normed spaces need not be closed in $Y$. As a hint I'm given that I could consider ...
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Is the spectrum of a first order PDO always unbounded from both sides?

Let $E \to X$ be a smooth vector bundle over a compact Riemannian manifold $X$ and assume that $P:\Gamma(E) \to \Gamma(E)$ is a self-adjoint partial differential operator of order $1$. We think of ...
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In which cases the spectrum of an operator contains only eigenvalues?

Let $X\neq \{0\}$ be a complex normed spaces (not necessarily finite-dimensional) and $T:D(T)\subset X\to X$ a linear operator (not necessarily bounded). I would like to know under what conditions can ...
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How can I show that given a norm one linear functional on $c_0$ that there is a unique extension to a norm one functional on $\ell_\infty$?

We are given that our Banach space is $c_0 \subset \ell_\infty(\mathbb{N})$ and there is a functional $y^* \in c_0^*$ such that $||y^*|| = 1$. We are guaranteed that this extends, via Hahn-Banach to a ...
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Dyadic approach to Marcinkiewicz interpolation for Lorentz Spaces

In Exercise 21 , in a note for professor Terrence Tao on his own blog http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/245c-notes-1-interpolation-of-lp-spaces/ Exercise 21 Suppose we are in the ...
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How to decompose a representation into direct sum of cyclic representation?

Let $U$ be the bilateral shift operator on $l^2 (\mathbb Z)$, let $T=U+U^*$. How to calculate $\sigma(T)$? And how to show there is no cyclic vector for the action of $C^*(T,I)$. Further how to ...
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Distinct eigenvalues for integral operator?

Is there some sufficient condition on the kernel $K$ of a (say, finite rank, to simplify) integral operator $$ \mathcal K:f(x)\in L^2(\mathbb R)\mapsto \int K(x,y)f(y)dy $$ so that it has all its ...
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Sum of operator and adjoint is self-adjoint

In abstract Hodge theory there is the following lemma: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $A \in \mathcal{C}(H)$ a densely defined, closed operator (so possibly unbounded) and $A^*$ its adjoint operator. ...
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Relations between spectrum and quadratic forms in the unbounded case

Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space. If $B$ is a bounded self-adjoint operator on $H$ then its spectrum is a closed and bounded subset of the real line and we can find its extremes in terms of the ...
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Operator continuity on Hilbert space

Let $A: H \to H$ be a linear operator on Hilbert space $H$, and let $\{\alpha_n\}_{n = 1}^{\infty} \subset \mathbb{R}$ converges to nonzero number. Prove that if the series $\sum_{n = 1}^{\infty} ...
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A nilpotent element of an algebra which does not lie in the span of commutator elements.

What is an example of a $C^{*}$ algebra such that the span of nilpotent elements is not a sub vector space of the span of commutator elements. Obviously any such $C^{*}$ algebra would be a ...
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Finite dimensional Banach algebras whose $K_{0}$ group is a non trivial finite group

Motivated by this question we ask Is there a finite dimensional Banach algebra $A$ such that $K_{0}(A)$ is a nontrivial finite group? I understand from the above link and this post that any ...
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$\mathcal{H}_B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as Hilbert $B$-modules if and only if $B$ is a stable C*-algebra

Let $B$ be a C*-algebra. I want to prove that $\mathcal{H}_B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as Hilbert $B$-modules if and only if $B$ is stable, that is, $\mathcal{K} \otimes B$ is isomorphic to $B$ as ...
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Why do these Integration-by-Parts Evaluation Terms Vanish?

The Associated Legendre operator is $$ L_mf = -\frac{d}{dx}\left((1-x^{2})\frac{df}{dx}\right)+\frac{m^{2}}{1-x^{2}}f, $$ where $m$ is a positive integer. For the purposes here, define ...
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Schrodinger Operator with Finite Discrete Spectrum in $(-\infty, -1]$

I'm reading parts of Reed and Simon's Analysis of Operators and have come across a statement I find puzzling. They say that if $V$ is a bounded function of compact support on $\mathbb{R}^3$ then ...
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An inequality for positive operators

Let $S$ and $T$ be positive operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Suppose that $S \le T$. Since the square root function is operator monotone, it follows that $S^{1/2} \le T^{1/2}$. Does the ...
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Trace class operators problem

Let $\mathcal{B}_1(\mathcal{H})$ be the set of trace class operators in a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and $\mathcal{H}^{(d)} = \bigoplus_{i=1}^d \mathcal{H}$ with $1 \leq d \leq \infty$. If $C \in ...
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Fredholm Integral in Bayesian Appliation

Let $X = x_1, x_2, \ldots, x_n$ be a sequence of Bernoulli random variables with $k$ successes. Suppose that, given $X$, the posterior predictive probability of $x_{n+1} = x$ is known to be $g(x)$ ...
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Operators such that $\langle Ax,x \rangle=-\langle x,Ax \rangle$

Let $X$ be a Banach space. We consider the differential equation: $$x'(t)=Ax(t), \ \ \ t\in\mathbb{R}$$ where $A$ is a bounded operator on $X$. If $X$ is a Hilbert space, and $x(t)$ is a solution of ...
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Differentiation of norm in Banach space (explanation of text needed)

Let $Y$ be uniformly smooth Banach space. Consider the convex $C^1$ functional $\Phi:Y \to \mathbb{R}$ defined $$\Phi(y) = \frac{1}{q}\Vert y \Vert^q_{Y}.$$ Its derivative $\varphi:Y \to Y'$ is a ...
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How to get a grip on codimensions

I am trying to find a proof for the following problem: Let $X,Y$ be Banach spaces $A,B:X \rightarrow Y$ are bounded linear operators $Ran(A)$ is closed, and $\dim(\mathrm{Ker}(A))$ or ...
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Spectral decomposition of $TT^*$

On $l_{2}$ let $T$ be given by $Te_{n}=\frac{e_{n+1}}{n+1}$ where $(e_{n})_{n\ge1}$ is the canonical orthonormal basis. Find the spectral decomposition of $TT^*$. I find that ...
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norm of differential operator on $P^n[0,1]$

Consider the space $P^n[0,1]$ of polynomials of degree $\leq n$ on $[0,1]$, equipped with the sup norm. Now, this is a finite dimensional space, so all linear operators have to be continuous, hence ...
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For $A$ self-adjoint, $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x\rangle = \max \sigma(A)$

For a self-adjoint operator $A$ on a Hilbert space $H$, one has $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x \rangle = \max\sigma(A)$. I want to prove this using the spectral theorem. My idea is: Let $a = ...
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Sum of Closed Operators

If $A$ and $B$ are two closed operators on a Hilbert space (not defined everywhere), is their sum closed as well? I think not, but cannot construct a counterexample. Some posts on this site do address ...
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Concerning unbounded linear operators on a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be some Hilbert space and let $B:H\rightarrow H$ be a bounded linear operator and $T:H\rightarrow H$ an unbounded linear operator. Furthermore we assume that $T$ is closed ,i.e. it's graph in ...
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Why matrix representation of convolution cannot explain the convolution theorem?

A record saying that Convolution Theorem is trivial since it is identical to the statement that convolution, as Toeplitz operator, has fourier eigenbasis and, therefore, is diagonal in it, has ...
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Inverse of Identity plus Volterra operator

consider the following operator or $L_2(0,1)$, $(Pw)(x)=w(x)+\int_0^x K(x,y)w(y)dy+\int_x^1 K(y,x)w(y)dy$, where the integral kernel is a polynomial. I am trying to construct the inverse of this ...
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The control of norm in quotient algebra

Let $B_1,B_2$ be two Banach spaces and $L(B_i,B_j),K(B_i,B_j)(i,j=1,2)$ spaces of bounded and compact linear operator between them respectively. If $T \in L(B_1,B_1)$, we have a $S \in K(B_1,B_2)$ and ...