A C*-algebra is a complex Banach algebra together with an isometric antilinear involution satisfying (a b)* = b* a* and the C*-identity ‖a* a‖ = ‖a‖². Related tags: [tag:banach-algebras], [tag:von-neumann-algebras], [tag:operator-algebras], [tag:spectral-theory].

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Inductive/Projective Limits of Topological Algebras

It is common to form inductive/projective limits of Banach/Frechet spaces in order to come up with natural topologies for common vector spaces. For instance, For $k \ge 0$ and $K_n$ compact ...
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A continuous choice of invertible elements

Let $A$ be a simple unital $C^{*}$ algebra with invertible elements $G(A)$. Assume that $A^{*}$ is its dual space, which is equipped with the weak star topology. Is there a continuous map ...
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Generalising the $L^2$-Norm to Compact Quantum Groups

For a compact quantum group (in the sense) of Woronowicz, we have a noncommutative $C^*$-algebra replacing ${\mathbb C}(G)$. This $C^*$-algebra is endowed with a linear functional generalizing the ...
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Hilbert c*-module over approximately finite c*-algebra

Is there a construction of a Hilbert c*-module over an approximately finite c*-algebra using Hilbert c*-modules over finite algebras? How do we get a Hilbert c*-module over an inductive limit of such ...
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strong convergence in Hilbert c* module

For a monotone sequence of projections in Hilbert c* module, do we have similar conclusion as in Hilbert space (such as strong convergence)? If not, what could be said in that situation?
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Connes' correspondences of two $L^\infty$-algebras

In his "Noncommutative Geometry" book Connes asserts (on p. 539) that for two standard probability spaces $(X,\mu_X)$, $(Y,\nu_Y)$ an $N$-$M$-bimodule for $M=L^\infty(X,\mu_X)$ and ...
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Proving a certain $ C^{*} $-algebraic inequality

Let $ A $ be a non-unital $ C^{*} $-algebra. Is there an ‘elementary’ way to prove, for all $ (a,\lambda) \in A \times \mathbb{C} $, the inequality $$ |\lambda| \leq \sup_{b \in A, ~ \| b \| \leq 1} ...
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Finite codimensional subvector space of $C^{*}$ algebras which contains no invertible elements

Assume that $A$ is a unital $C^{*}$ algebra. Is there a subvector space $Y\subset A$ of finite codimension which does not contain any invertible element? Let $n(A)$ be the infimum of such ...
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Unital $C^{*}$ algebras which all elements have path connected spectrum

A unital $C^{*}$ algebra is called "Path connected" if the spectrum of all its elements are path connected. Is the tensor product of two path connected algebra, a path connected algebra? What ...
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A possible characterization of finite dimensional $C^{*}$ algebras

Is there an infinite dimensional unital $C^{*}$ algebra $A$ with invertible group $U$ such that for every finite dimensional subvector space $Y\subset A$, the number of connected components of ...
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Totally non hereditary $C^{*}$-subalgebras

Assume that $B$ is a $C^{*}$ subalgebra of $A$. We say $B$ is totally non hereditary subalgebra of $A$ if not only $B$ is not a hereditary subalgebra but also it is not isomorphic to any ...
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Is $\mathcal{K}(H)$ injective $\mathcal{B}(H)$-module?

Does anyone know if the right Banach $\mathcal{B}(H)$-module $\mathcal{K}(H)$ is injective? The same question for $\ell_\infty$-module $c_0$. Both these modules are not dual, so standard arguments ...
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Integration in C^* algebra

Let $\mathfrak{A}$ be a C${}^*$ algebra and $\mathbb{R}\ni s \mapsto \alpha_s$ a continuous family of its automorphisms. Is it true that $$ \int d s \, f(s)\, \alpha_s(A) $$ is well defined as a ...
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The closure of all periodic homeomorphisms of circle

Let $X$ be the space of all continuous maps from $S^{1}$ to $S^{1}$. $X$ is equipped with $C^{0}$ topology. Let $Y\subset X$ be the union of all finite order homeomorphisms i.e: all ...
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The kernel of $C^{*}(G)\to C_{r}^{*}(G)$

Let $G$ be a locally compact group. Put $I(G)=\ker: C^{*}(G) \to C_{r}^{*} (G)$, the kernel of the canonical morphism. What type of $C^{*}$ algebras can not be isomorphic to $I(G)$, for some ...
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Can the full and reduced group $C^*$-algebras be “noncanonically” isomorphic?

Is there a locally compact group $G$ such that the canonical map from $C^{*}(G)$ to $C^{*}_{red} G$ is not isomorphism, hence $G$ is not amenable but these two $C^{*}$ algebras are isomorphic ...
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Inner and extendible automorphisms of C*-algebras

If an automorphism $\alpha$ of a C*-algebra $A$ is inner then whenever $A$ is a subalgebra of another C*-algebra $B$, $\alpha$ obviously extends to $B$. Is the converse true: if an automorphism ...
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$C^*$-algebra generated by those operators that are bounded on every $\ell_p$

Suppose $T: c_{00} \to c_{00}$ is a linear map such that, when regarded as an infinite matrix, there is a uniform bound on the $\ell_1$-norms of its columns, and a uniform bound on the $\ell_1$-norms ...
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When do infinitesimals split in dimension groups?

Let $G$ be a dimension group (i.e. a directed, unperforated abelian group satisfying the Riesz interpolation property) with order unit $u\in G^{+}$. There is a canonical positive group homomorphism ...
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How the modular theory of von Neumann algebras, deal with generating C*-algebras?

Let $H$ be a separable infinite dimensional Hilbert space, $M \subset B(H)$ a von Neumann algebra and $A \subset M$ a separable $C^*$-algebra such that $A''=M$. Suppose the existence of a bicyclic ...
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Murray–von Neumann equivalence on C$^*$-algebra and von Neumann algebra

Let $H$ be a separable infinite dimensional Hilbert space, $M \subset B(H)$ a von Neumann algebra and $A \subset M$ a separable $C^*$-algebra such that $A''=M$. Let $p,q \in M_{\infty}(A)$ be ...
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The letters of the word “ART”

Edit: According to the Gelfand duality between topological spaces and commutative $C^{*}$algebras, I add some new tags. So the question is that what is the structure of $ Ext (A,A)$ where $A$ is ...
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A commutative Banach algebra with an abundance of discountinuous functions

Let $A$ be the algebra of all bounded functions from $[0,\;1]$ to $\mathbb{C}$. For $f\in A,\;$ $\omega_{f}$ is the standard oscillation function.. Each of the following two (equivalent) norms ...
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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: ...
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applications of C$^*$-algebras in the field of PDEs

I know only a little bit about C$^*$-algebras and I want a to know if you know a nice apllication or the influence of them in the field of partial differential equations (it is better that it is ...
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A question on K- theory of non commutative $C^\star$ algebra

Edit: According to the comment of Andre Henriques I revise the question: What is an example of a noncommutative unital $C^\star$ algebra $A$, which is not Morita equivalent to a commutative ...
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Obstructions for $C^\star$ algebras to contain a $Z^\star$ algebra

As the comment of Andreas Thom indicated here, a separable $C^\star$ algebra $A$ can not contain a $Z^\star$ algebra.(A $Z^\star$ algebra is a $C^\star$ algebra which all elements are zero ...
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Simple $Z^{*}$ algebra

What is an example of a simple $C^{*}$ algebra which all elements are (two sided or equivalently one sided) zero divisor?
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A question on extension of $Z^{*}$ algebras

A $Z^{*}$ algebra is a $C^{*}$ algebra which all elements are(two sided or equivalently one sided) zero divisor. Are there two $Z^{*}$ algebras $A,B$ such that for every short exact sequence ...
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Noncommutative version of Littlewood's First Principle

There are definitely noncommutative analogues for Lusin's theorem and Egoroff's theorem (found in Blackadar for example). I'm curious if there is a version of the first principle: Every Lebesgue ...
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A nilpotency question on $C^{*}$ algebras

What is an example of a $C^{*}$ algebra $A$ with the property that: for every nilpotent(Quasi nilpotent) $a$ and for every $n\in \mathbb{N}$, there is a $b$ with $b^{n}=a$. To what extent ...
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Non commutative topological manifolds

Assume that $A$ is a Banach algebra with two closed two sided ideals $I$ and $J$ such that $I$ and $J$ are commutative and $A=I+J$. Does this implies that $A$ is commutative? For the ...
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If $ F(x,\bullet) \in {L^{2}}(G,B) $ for all $ x \in G $, then is $ x \mapsto F(x,\bullet) $ strongly measurable?

This question is related to something that I asked yesterday: If $ F(x,\bullet) \in {L^{\infty}}(G,B) $ for all $ x \in G $, then is $ x \mapsto F(x,\bullet) $ strongly measurable? Pietro Majer ...
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A Possible characterization of F.D or AF commutative $C^{*}$ algebras

By F.D or AF $C^{*}$ algebra,we mean finite dimensional or approximately finite dimensional $C^{*}$ algebra. Let $A$ be a unital commutative $C^{*}$ algebra with the property that for every ...
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A topological space extracting from a group action

Let $G$ be a compact abelian topological group with invariant measure $\mu$ which acts on a compact Hausdorff space $X$. A $G$-odd function is a continuous function $f:X\to ...
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A Hilbert-space completion of a Hilbert $ C^{*} $-module over a separable $ C^{*} $-algebra

Let $ B $ be a separable $ C^{*} $-algebra and $ \mathcal{E} $ a Hilbert $ B $-module. We know that $ B $ has a faithful state $ \phi $. Using $ \phi $, we can construct a $ \mathbb{C} $-valued ...
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Showing that a particular function from a locally compact Hausdorff group $ G $ to a $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $ is Bochner-measurable

Suppose that we have the following data: A $ C^{*} $-algebra $ A $. A locally compact Hausdorff group $ G $. A strongly Borel mapping $ \alpha: G \to \text{Aut}(A) $, the automorphism group of $ A ...
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A generalization of real characters on a group

Yesterday I understood that I can't live without this construction: Let $G$ be a group, $A$ an associative algebra over $\mathbb R$ and $n\in{\mathbb N}$. We consider a sequence of maps ...
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Status of the analog of the Haar measure on quantum groups

In (Masuda, Nakagami, Woronowicz)'s paper, in the introduction, the authors mentioned the deficiency common to both their and (Kusterman, Vaes)'s approach regarding the Haar state (or Haar measure ...
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A perturbation question for the intersection of C*-subalgebras

This feels like something I may have asked before (in which case, apologies) and it also might be some kind of "standard counterexample in a book on C* algebras". Let M be a unital C*-algebra and let ...
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One dimensional foliation of surfaces with prescribed graph of foliation

According to the definition of the graph of a foliation by Winkelnkemper we ask the following questions: Let $G$ be one of the following non hausdorff 3 dim manifold 1) $G$ is a ...
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Commuting nets for commuting projections

I think this should not be too difficult, but I am not an expert. I did not get an answer on stackexchange. Let $A$ be a $C$*-algebra and let $p,q\in A^{**}$ be two commuting projections. Then there ...
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An unconventional definition of the $ C^{*} $-algebraic reduced crossed product

Let $ (A,G,\alpha) $ be a $ C^{*} $-dynamical system, i.e., $ A $ is a $ C^{*} $-algebra, $ G $ is a locally compact Hausdorff group and $ \alpha $ is a strongly continuous action of $ G $ on $ A $ by ...
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Is this left ideal of C*-algebra principal?

This is a follow up of this question. Let $I$ be closed left ideal of $C^*$-algebra $A$. Assume we are given a sequence of left $A$-module morphisms $R_n:I\to A$ with $\sum_n \Vert ...
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C*-bimodules: the mess with definitions

I used to participate in a seminar that taught students about foundations of non-commutative geometry. It isn’t very complicated to define a C*-module $\mathcal E$ (also known as C* Hilbert module) ...
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A special Lie subalgebra

Motivated by comments of the following post A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields we ask the following question: Let $L$ be a Lie algebra. We consider the Lie subalgebra ...
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$R$ is a right multiplier and $R(a)b=a\overset{?}{\implies} A$ is unital

Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra, and $R:A\to A$ its right multilplier. Is it true that $$ \exists b\in A\quad \forall a\in A \quad R(a)b=a\qquad $$ implies $A$ is unital. I know this is true if A is a ...
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K-theory for the $C^*-$algebra of the continuous functions on the $2-$torus and the Bott projection

I am trying to understand the K-theory for the $C^*-$algebra of the continuous functions on the $2-$dimensional torus $T^2$. In particular I am interested on the $K_0-$group. I have read that the ...
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Generators of the $ K_{0} $-group of the non-commutative torus $ A_{\theta} $ with $ \theta \in \mathbb{Q} $ (i.e. rational rotation algebra)

I am studying the non-commutative torus $ A_{\theta} $. When $ \theta $ is irrational, $ {K_{0}}(A_{\theta}) $ is generated by $ [1] $ and $ [p_{\theta}] $. (Note: $ p_{\theta} $ is a projection in ...
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Are two $W^*$-algebras $A$ and $B$ that are Morita equivalent (in the sense of Rieffel) also Morita equivalent in the algebraic sense (as rings)?

Let $A$ and $B$ be $C^*$-algebras, I had a question about Morita equivalence for $C^*$-algebras and $W^*$-algebras, I've come across 3 concepts: Morita equivalence for $C^*$-algebras: Equivalence ...