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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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Closed containment of open projections in C*-algebras

For a C*-algebra $A$ and open projections $p,q\in A^{**}$, consider the following statements. $\overline{p}\leq q$ $p\leq q$ and there exists open $r\in A^{**}$ with $rp=0$ and $r\vee q=1$ $p\leq q$ ...
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Stone-Weierstrass Theorem, polynomial interpolation, divided difference in complex plane

Setting: Let $\Gamma$ be a simple smooth($C^\infty$) curve in $\mathbb{C}$ parametrized by the injective map $\gamma:[0,1] \to \mathbb{C}$. Assume $f$ is a function defined on $\Gamma$ s.t. $f$ is ...
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Positive Elements of a $\ast$-Algebra

In a $C^*$-algebra ${\cal A}$, a positive element is a one of the form $aa^*$, for some $a \in {\cal A}$. It is known that the set of positive elements is a cone, and that for $a,b$ two non-zero ...
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C$^*$-algebras isomorphic after tensoring

From the negative answer to this question we know that C$^*$-algebras that are isomorphic after tensoring with $M_n$ for all $n\geq 2$ need not be isomorphic. So what happens when we strengthen this? ...
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The Gelfand duality for pro-$C^*$-algebras

The Gelfand duality says that $$X\to C(X)$$ is a contravariant equivalence between the category of compact Hausdorff spaces and continuous maps and the category of commutative unital $C^*$-algebras ...
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short question about biduals of $C^\ast$-algebras

Let $A$ be a $C^\ast$-algebra. Consider the canonical embedding $A\to A^{**},\; a\mapsto i(a)$, such that $i(a)(a^*)=a^*(a)$ for all $a\in A$. Here is $A^{**}$ considered as a Banach space. It's well ...
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fixpoint algebras of a permutation action

Let $D$ be an infinite UHF algebra, e.g. the infinite tensor product of the matrix algebra $M_k(\mathbb{C})$. The permutation group $\Sigma_n$ acts on the $n$-fold tensor product $D^{\otimes n}$ in a ...
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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 ...
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 is a path connected subset of $\mathbb{C}$. Is the tensor product of two path connected algebra, a path ...
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 ...