Currently, I am preparing for a next semester course and trying to figure out some basic concepts in functional analysis.

Let $T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to \ell^2$ be defined by


where $\mathcal{D}(T)\subset \ell^2$ consist of all sequences $(x_n)$ with finitely many nonzero elements. (cf. Erwin Kreyszig: Introductory Functional Analysis, problem 10.1 8)

(a) Show that $T$ is unbounded. (b) Does $T$ have proper linear extensions? (c) Can $T$ be linearly extended to the whole space $\ell^2$?

(a) First I am interested in proving the unboundedness: Basically I need to show $\lVert T\rVert=\infty$. My first attempt, where I am stuck at, was to prove it directly.

$$\lVert Tx \rVert=\left(\sum_n|nx_n|^2\right)^{1/2}=\left(\sum_nn^2|x_n|^2\right)^{1/2}$$

But I am unable to work it out. Any help is appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ To show that $T$ is unbounded, it's enough to show a sequence of points $x_n \in \mathcal D(T)$ such that $||Tx_n||/||x_n||$ is unbounded. $\endgroup$ – Yoni Rozenshein Mar 28 '13 at 11:06

For the unboundedness, consider the elements $e_k = (0,...,0,1,0,...)$ where the $1$ is in the $k$-th position. Then $e_k \in D(T)$ and $\|e_k\| = 1$ for all $k$. Notice that we have that $Te_k = (0,...,0,k,0,...)$ the $k$ being in the $k$-th position and thus $\|Te_k\| \to \infty$ as $k\to \infty$. But this means that $$\|T\| = \sup_{\|x\|=1}\|Tx\| \geq \sup_{k}\|Te_k\| = \infty.$$

For part (b), think about whether there exist sequences in $x \in \ell^2$ which do not belong to $D(T)$ such that $Tx \in \ell^2$. For example, you could take $x_n = \frac{1}{n^2}$. Then $(Tx)_n = \frac{1}{n}$ so that $Tx \in \ell^2$. You can use this information to figure out some subspaces to which $T$ extends which properly include $D(T)$. Taking into account the reasoning above, one candidate is the subspace $$M = \{x \in \ell^2: \mbox{there exists }C > 0\mbox{ such that } |x_n| \le \frac{C}{n^2}\}.$$

$T$ cannot be linearly extended to the whole space, however. Notice that for each $x \in D(T)$, we have $\|Tx\| \geq \|x\|$. If $\tilde{T}$ is an extension of $T$ to $\ell^2$, then the same estimate is true of $\tilde{T}$. Hence $\tilde{T}$ would have closed range (see here). Since $\tilde{T}$ is one-to-one, it is invertible when considered as an operator from $\ell^2 \to T(\ell^2)$ and the estimate $\|\tilde{T}x\| \geq \|x\|$ shows that $\tilde{T}^{-1}$ would be bounded. But then the Open Mapping Theorem would imply that $\tilde{T}$ is bounded, a contradiction.


Take the sequence of sequences:

$u_0: 0, \dots$


$u_2: 1,1,0,\dots$

$u_3: 1,1,1,0,\dots$

They all are in $D(T)$

The image of these sequences by $T$ are





Take $x=u_i$ for some $i$,





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