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A von Neumann algebra is a unital *-subalgebra of the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space, closed in the weak operator topology. Also called a $W^*$-algebra, and may be regarded as a non-commutative generalization of $L^\infty$ space. These algebras are extensively used in knot theory, ...

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### Group von Neumann algebras

I have a question about group von Neumann algebras structure. If $L(G)$ is a subset of $L(H)$, can we find a subgroup $G_1$ of $H$ such that $L(G_1)$ is isomorphic to $L(G)$? I appreciate any help.
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### amalgamated free product of von Neumann algebras

If $G$ and $H$ are two discrete groups and $L(G)$ and $L(H)$ be their group von Neumann algebras and $A$ be their common *-subalgebra, what can we say about their amalgamated free product under $A$, i....
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### Lemma V.1.25 (page 298) from the book of Takesaki (Vol 1).

I have a problem with the following lemma (Takesaki Vol 1-page 298): Lemma 1.25. If $e$ is an abelian projection in a von Neumann algebra $\mathcal M$, then for any projection $f\in\mathcal M$ ...
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### QD C*-algebra's representation theorem

Here is a question from the proof of the "QD C*-algebra's representation theorem" in P245 of book "C*-algebras and Finite-Dimensional Approximations" by Nate and Taka. For a separable unital C*-...
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### What is the dual space of a von Neumann algebra?

What is the dual space of a von Neumann algebra $\mathcal{M}$? Does it have any specific form? Or just $\mathcal{M}^*$.
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### Uncountable sequence $R_1 \subset R_2 \subset …$ of von Neumann algebras acting on separable $H$?

Can there exist an uncountable sequence $R_1 \subset R_2 ...$ of von Neumann algebras all acting on the same separable Hilbert space $H$, with a "limit" algebra $R$ such that $R_\alpha \subset R$ for ...
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### Is $p \vee q \leq p+q$ for $p,q$ projections?

I am wondering if $p \vee q \leq p+q$ for $p,q$ projections acting on some Hilbert space $H$. In particular, I wonder if the set of finite trace projections is upwards directed with the usual ...
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### Semi-finite trace on a von Neumann algebra: Equivalent definitions

Let $(N,\tau)$ be a semi-finite von Neumann algebra. This means that $\tau$ is a normal, faithful and semi-finite trace. Normality means that $\tau(x) = \sup_i \tau(x_i)$ if $x \in N_+$ is the limit ...
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### If $\|p-q\|<{1\over2}$ then $p$ is homotopy equivalent to $q$

Let $A$ be a $C^*$ algebra, $p,q \in A$ projections, such that $\|p-q\|< {1 \over 2}$. Show that $p$ homotopy equivalent to $q$. Proof. Let $a_t=(1-t)p+tq$, then $a_t$ is positive (self-adjoint ...
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### $A\in B(H)$ a unital abelian $C^*$-algebra with cyclic vector then $A'$ is abelian as well

Let $A$ be a unital abelian $C^*$-subalgebra of $B(H)$ (with the same unit as that of $B(H)$), and assume there exists a vector $\xi \in H$ which is cyclic for $A$ (that is, $\{a\xi | a\in A \}$ ...
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### non abelian von Neumann algebras

I'm not familiar with von Neumann algebras, but I need the following fact (if it's true) for an other proof. Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $A\subseteq L(H)$ a non abelian von Neumann algebra. Must $A$ ...
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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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### 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 continuous normalised traces $Tr,tr : \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ are equal. I'm trying to understand this ...
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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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### if $A_n$ weakly converges to $A$, does $|A_n| \rightarrow _{wo} |A|$?

Suppose that $A_n,A$ are self-adjoint operators in $B(H)$. If $A_n$ weakly converges to $A$, does $|A_n| \rightarrow _{wo} |A|$? From Proposition. 2.3.2 of Pederson'book, I know the result holds in ...
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### predual of von Neumann algebra

I know that each separable finite von Neumann has separable predual. Can some one give me an example of a non-separable finite von Neumann algebra with separable predual?
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### Strong convergence of Spectral Projection

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $B(H)$ be the space of all bounded linear operators on $H$. Assume that $\{A_n\in B(H)\}_n$ strongly converges to $A$. $E^{|A|}(1,\infty)$ is a spectral projection of ...
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### separable weakly dense subalgebra of a von Neumann algebra

This is an exercise of "A short course on spectral theory" by William Arveson. For any von Neumann algebra $\mathcal{M}$ on a Hilbert space $H$, I need to show there exists a unital $C^\ast$-...
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### What is the motivation for Murray-von Neumann equivalence

Definition: If $p,q$ are projections in a $C^*$-algebra $A$, we say that they are Murray-von Neumann equivalent, and we write $p\sim q$, if there exist $u\in A$ such that $p=u^*u$ and $q=uu^*$. I ...
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### Representations of C*/W*-algebras and projections

I have come across the two following relations between subrepresentations and projections in two slightly different situations and want to clarify the differences: Let $(\mathcal{H},\pi)$ be a ...
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### Two approaches on the support of functionals

I am writing concerning support of functionals on C*-algebras. I feel there are two different definitions for this notion. Let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $\phi$ be a positive linear functional on $A$. ...
let $A$ be a C*-algebra and $z\in A^{**}$ the supremum of all the minimal projections in $A^{**}$. How can show $* -$ homomorphism $A\to zA\subset zA^{**}$ is injective?
I am witting concerning the example II.6 given in the paper "The General Stone-Weierstrass Problem" by C. A. Akemann: Let me review this example. Let $H_i$ be the two dimensional Hilbert space \$\...