The tag has no usage guidance.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

64
votes
2answers
5k views

Norms of Commutators

If an $n$ by $n$ complex matrix $A$ has trace zero, then it is a commutator, which means that there are $n$ by $n$ matrices $B$ and $C$ so that $A= BC-CB$. What is the order of the best constant $\...
53
votes
4answers
4k views

Did Gelfand's theory of commutative Banach algebras influence algebraic geometers?

Guillemin and Sternberg wrote the following in 1987 in a short article called "Some remarks on I.M. Gelfand's works" accompanying Gelfand's Collected Papers, Volume I: The theory of commutative ...
24
votes
1answer
1k views

Szőkefalvi-Nagy's unitarizability theorem in the Calkin algebra?

Here's a research problem, which I think interesting. Suppose that $t$ is an invertible element in the Calkin algebra $\mathcal{Q} = \mathcal{B}(\ell_2)/\mathcal{K}(\ell_2)$ which satisfies $\sup_{n \...
20
votes
2answers
1k views

In a Banach algebra, do ab and ba have almost the same exponential spectrum?

Let $A$ be a complex Banach algebra with identity 1. Define the exponential spectrum $e(x)$ of an element $x\in A$ by $$e(x)= \{\lambda\in\mathbb{C}: x-\lambda1 \notin G_1(A)\},$$ where $G_1(A)$ is ...
17
votes
1answer
773 views

Kaplansky's conjecture and Martin's axiom

Recall Kaplansky's conjecture which states that every algebra homomorphism from the Banach algebra C(X) (where X is a compact Hausdorff topological space) into any other Banach algebra, is ...
14
votes
2answers
485 views

Spectra of elements of a Banach algebra and the role played by the Hahn-Banach Theorem.

This problem was posed on Math StackExchange some time ago, but it did not garner any solutions there. I think that it is interesting enough to be posed here on Math Overflow, so here it goes. Let $ \...
14
votes
1answer
507 views

Operator norms of circulant matrices

The definition and basic properties of circulant matrices can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circulant_matrix. For complex numbers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$, I will use the notation $$ \mbox{...
13
votes
0answers
234 views

Is there support for the term “Gelfand algebra”?

In this question Yemon Choi asked whether there is a standard term for Banach algebras for which the submultiplicative law ($\|ab\| \leq \|a\| \|b\|$) is weakened to merely requiring the product to be ...
12
votes
2answers
397 views

$\mathbb{Z}G$ (left) Noetherian$\Rightarrow$ $l^1(G)$ is a flat $\mathbb{Z}G$-(right) module?

Let $G$ be a countable discrete group (not necessarily abelian), and suppose the group ring $\mathbb{Z}G$ is a left-Noetherian ring, for example, when $G$ is a polycyclic-by finite group. Denote the ...
11
votes
2answers
651 views

C*-algebras with bizzarre structure of projections

This is probably well-known to the experts but I could not find any answer neither in my head nor in the literature: Is there a (unital) C*-algebra such that its projections do not form a lattice (...
11
votes
3answers
1k views

The difference between $l^1(G)$ and the reduced group $C^*$ algebra $C_r^*(G)$

Let $G$ be a group and $l^2(G)$ the Hilbert space on $G$. The complex group algebra $CG$ can be imbedded in $B(l^2(G))$, the set of all bounded linear operators, by left translation. The reduced group ...
11
votes
1answer
289 views

Is there a Gelfand-Naimark-like characterization of group algebras $L_1(G)$?

The Gelfand-Naimark theorem establishes that a complex commutative Banach algebra $A$ with an identity and an involution $x\to x^*$ satisfying $\|x x^*\|=\|x\|^2$ is (isometrically isomorphic to) a $C(...
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Projections in Banach spaces

Dear All, I am absolutely lost in the following problem: Let $P_s, \: s \in [0,1],$ be a uniformly bounded family of projections (idempotents) in a Banach space $X$ such that $P_s P_t = P_{{\rm min}...
10
votes
1answer
270 views

Theory of C* algebras over other fields than the complex numbers

How much of the theory of C*-algebras holds when the complex numbers are replaced by different (algebraically closed) field (possibly with a distinguished ordered subfield that satisfies the same ...
10
votes
0answers
373 views

Tensorial decomposition of $B(H)$

Let $H$ be an infinite-dimensional Hilbert space and let $\mathcal{B}(H)$ be the (C*/W*-)algebra of bounded operators on it. Actually, you may forget about the involution in $\mathcal{B}(H)$ because I ...
9
votes
3answers
500 views

is every element in a C* algebra a product of normal elements?

I have the following question and since I am not an expert on C*-algebras, I thought I ask it here: I know that in general the sum and product of normal elements need not be normal. It is even true ...
9
votes
2answers
422 views

Is $\mathcal{B}^{\mathbb{Z}}(l^\infty(\mathbb{Z}))$ a commutative algebra?

Consider $l^\infty(\mathbb{Z})$ the Banach space of bounded complex valued functions on the abelian group $\mathbb{Z}$ with the supremum norm. It has a natural action by $\mathbb{Z}$ given by $(zf)(g):...
8
votes
1answer
370 views

Injectivity for bimodules and Hochschild cohomology

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and let $X$ be an $A$-bimodule. Is there a notion of (relative) injectivity for $X$ which would imply that $\mathcal{H}^n(A,X)$ vanishes for all $n\ge 1$? Here $\mathcal{H}^...
7
votes
3answers
678 views

Preduals of B(E)

For a Hilbert space $H$ it is well known that the algebra $B(H)$ has a unique predual; the Banach space of trace class operators. If $E$ is a Banach space then is it known whether $B(E)$ is always ...
7
votes
4answers
798 views

Measures on general topological groups

I am interested in the group algebras of non-locally compact groups. What references can you advise? This is a wide question, so I list more concretely what I would like to see: Here X can be even ...
7
votes
1answer
277 views

characterization of commutative Banach algebras

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra with the following property: For every two nets $ x_{\alpha}$ and $y_{\alpha}$ in $A$, $x_{\alpha}y_{\alpha}$ converges if and only if $y_{\alpha}x_{\alpha}$ converges. ...
7
votes
1answer
297 views

Can a finite von Neumann algebra be strongly morita equivalent to a properly infinite von neumann algebra?

Can a finite (by finite I mean when the projection $1$ is finite) von Neumann algebra be strongly morita equivalent to a properly infinite von Neumann algebra? (Strong morita equivalence is the same ...
7
votes
1answer
600 views

When $C(X)$ is an injective $C(X)$-module? Current answer is erroneous

It is an old question if every injective Banach space is isomorphic as Banach space to $C(X)$-space. I would like to know if the weakened module version of this question is answered. More precisely: ...
7
votes
1answer
247 views

Masas in second duals of Banach algebras

Lel $B$ be a Banach algebra and give $B^{**}$ one of the Arens products in order to make it a Banach algebra. Then the canonical embedding $\kappa\colon B\to B^{\ast\ast}$ is a homomorphic embedding ...
7
votes
1answer
522 views

Banach Algebra Counterexample

Can someone give me an example of a Banach Algebra which does not have an isometric representation in a Hilbert Space ? (if possible, can you add a proof or a reference ? ) Thank you very much ! ...
7
votes
1answer
393 views

Gelfand theory Problem

I have 2 problems in Gelfand theory. I shall be thankful for any answers. 1)What is the gelfand spectrum of l^1(N)? A few of the elements are evaluations of functions(defined below) on closed unit ...
7
votes
1answer
251 views

Can we extend a multiplicative linear functional of a closed left ideal on whole of the algebra?

Let B be a closed left ideal of a Banach algebra A. Also, B has a right approximate identity (in B). If g is a nonzero multiplicative linear functional on B, can we always extend g to a ...
6
votes
2answers
650 views

Which Banach algebras are group algebras?

Given a locally compact Hausdorff group $G$, one can construct several Banach star-algebras using $G$ (and its associated Haar measure): $L^1 (G)$, $M(G)$ (regular complex measures on $G$), $L^{\infty}...
6
votes
1answer
429 views

$c_0$-direct sum of $\mathcal{K}(\mathcal{H})$

Let $\mathcal{K}(\mathcal{H})$ be the C*-algebra of compact operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. I am interested in the ($c_0$-)sum $A=\sum \mathcal{K}(\mathcal{H})$ of countably many ...
6
votes
1answer
265 views

Does there exist any massive proper $C^*$-subalgebra?

Definition 1: Suppose $B$ is a $C^* $-algebra. $A$ is massive $C^* $-subalgebra of $B$ iff 1. $A$ is a subalgebra of $B$; 2. for each irreducible representation $\pi$ of $B$ representation $\pi|_A$ is ...
6
votes
1answer
157 views

Spectral mapping theorem for polynomials in $z,\overline{z}$ and direct construction of the function calculus for a normal operator

Suppose that $A$ is an element in Banach algebra and $p$ is a polynomial. Then we have an equality $p(\sigma(A))=\sigma(p(A))$ where $p(A)$ has an elementary meaning. This theorem (the spectral ...
6
votes
1answer
622 views

Maximal ideals of the rings of Baire-One Functions

A real function $f:X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is called Baire-one function, if there is a sequence $(f_n)_{n=1} ^\infty$ of continuous functions $f_n:X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ on $X$ so that for all $x\...
6
votes
0answers
309 views

What function space does holomorphic functional calculus give us?

Let $A$ be a unital Banach algebra, $U$ be an open subset of $\mathbb{C}$, and $A_U:=\{x\in A:\sigma(x)\subset U\}$. Holomorphic functional calculus says that any holomorphic function $f:U\rightarrow\...
6
votes
0answers
807 views

injectivity of Fourier transform: is there algebraic proof?

Let $L$ be the Banach algebra of $L^1$-functions from $\mathbb{R}$ to $\mathbb{C}$ with $L^1$-norm and convolution as algebra multiplication. Assume that we knew that the homomorphisms from $L$ to $\...
5
votes
2answers
169 views

Infinite topological direct sum of amenable Banach algebra

Is an infinite topological direct sum of amenable Banach algebras amenable again? Can you give me a good reference about this notion? Thanks
5
votes
2answers
284 views

When is the group algebra $L^1(G)$ semisimple?

Let $G$ be locally compact group. Define group algebra as $$L^1(G)=\{f\colon G\to\Bbb{C}\mid\int\lvert f(x)\rvert\, dx<\infty\}$$ with convolution product. When is the group algebra $L^1(G)$ ...
5
votes
2answers
483 views

When is it $C(X)$?

Suppose that $\tilde{X}$ is a compact space. If $C(\tilde{X})$ is isometrically isomorphic to the second dual of a Banach space, does there exist a locally compact space $X$ such that $C(\tilde{X})=...
5
votes
1answer
154 views

Spectrum of unitary elements of a Banach algebra

Unitary elements of a Banach space have been defined in this paper as follows: Let $A$ be a Banach space and $a\in A, \|a\|=1$. Let $S_{a}=\{f\in A':\|f\|=1=f(a)\}$. Then $a$ is said to be (...
5
votes
1answer
234 views

$Z_{2}$- graded structures for $C_{red} ^{*} (F_{2})$

Let $F_{2}$ be the free group with two generators. Then $F_{2}=\{\text{odd words}\}\sqcup\{\text{even words}\}$. This gives us a $Z_{2}$ graded structure for $C^{*}_{red} (F_{2})$, in a natural way. ...
5
votes
1answer
173 views

application of factorization theorem

Young's inequlity tells us that $L^{1}(\mathbb R)\ast L^{p}(\mathbb R) \subset L^{p}(\mathbb R)$ with norm inequality $$\|f\ast g\|_{L^{p}} \leq \|f\|_{L^1}\|g\|_{L^p};$$ and of course this ...
5
votes
2answers
331 views

Terminology: Banach spaces equipped with continuous associative product?

This is admittedly a low-interest question mathematically, and is arguably a question I could resolve if I had time over the next few days to go and look through a large number of the Banach algebra/...
5
votes
1answer
213 views

Definition of a normed ring

A normed ring "should" be a monoid object in the monoidal category of normed abelian groups. There are (at least) two choices of morphisms of normed groups, namely bounded or short homomorphisms, ...
5
votes
1answer
269 views

NonCommutative Baire theorem

The classical Baire theorem says that the intersection of a sequence of open dense subsets of $X$, is dense, if the space is compact Hausdorff. In the language of $C^{*}$ algebras this is ...
5
votes
0answers
103 views

Compactum of Banach algebra

What is an example of Banach algebra $A$ and a left non-trivial closed ideal $I$ with all of following properties? There exists a bounded approximate identity in $I$ for $I$ i.e., a net $\{e_\alpha\}...
4
votes
3answers
713 views

Set of invertible operators in B(H) is connected. Is it true? Is there a reference?

Suppose $H$ is a Hilbert space, $B(H)$ is the algebra of bounded linear operators on it, $K(H)$ is ideal of compact operators in $B(H)$, $Inv(B(H)/K(H))$ is the topological group of invertible ...
4
votes
2answers
176 views

Root of positive function in Fourier algebra

Let $G$ be a locally compact group, let $A(G)$ be the Fourier algebra of $G$. We think of $A(G)$ as a subalgebra of $C_0(G)$. Question 1: Let $f\in A(G)$ be a function that is pointwise positive. ...
4
votes
1answer
234 views

C*-Algebras: Dynamics vs. Derivations

Problem Given a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}$. Consider dynamics $\tau:\mathbb{R}\to\mathrm{Aut}(\mathcal{A})$ and $\tau':\mathbb{R}\to\mathrm{Aut}(\mathcal{A})$. (More precisely, strongly continuous one-...
4
votes
2answers
342 views

On hyperplanes of $L\infty$

Consider the hyperplane $H=\{f\in L^\infty: \int f = 0\}$ of $L^\infty = L^\infty[0,1]$. My question is: 1. What is the Banach-Mazur distance between $H$ and $L^\infty$? Are there "natural" ...
4
votes
3answers
385 views

uniformity for Banach algebras - a three space property?

Let $A$ be a commutative, unital Banach algebra and $I \subset A$ an ideal such that $I$ with the relative norm is a uniform Banach algebra and $A / I$ with the quotient norm is uniform as well. Does ...
4
votes
1answer
382 views

Reasonable crossnorm on Banach algebra tensor product constructed from isometric non-degenerate representations

The following is an abstraction of a more specific problem I've been grappling with, so I might give some extra unnecessary information. (The `bounded approximate left identities' assumption is ...