Algebras of operators on Hilbert space, $C^*-$algebras, von Neumann algebras, non-commutative geometry

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A possible extension of a determinant inequality

It is well known that if $A, B$ are positive semidefinite matrices, then $$\det (A+B)\ge \det A+\det B.$$ I am considering a possible extension of this result. Let $\mathbb{M}_m(\mathbb{M}_n)$ ...
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Is the crossed product $\mathcal{K} \rtimes G$ a groupoid algebra?

Suppose G, a discrete group acting on the compact operators $\mathcal{K}$ by automorphism of C*-algebra $\mathcal{K}$. Can we view the crossed product as a groupoid C*-algebra of some groupoid? This ...
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A question on $Z^{*}$ algebras

A $Z^{*}$ algebra is a $C^{*}$ algebra which satisfies each of the following equivalent conditions: All elements of $A$ are left zero divisor. All elements are right zero divisor. All elements ...
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“Minimal” group C*-algebra?

Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group (though this could be asked for general locally compact groups) and consider the Banach $*$-algebra $\ell^1(\Gamma)$. We have two natural $C^*$-algebra completions: ...
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Characterization of ideals in the bounded operators

Let $\mathcal{B}(H)$ denote the C*-algebra of all bounded operators on a separable infinite dimensional complex Hilbert space $H$. It is a well-known fact that $\mathcal{B}_0(H)$, the ideal of compact ...
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Why do the projections in the Calkin algebra not form a lattice?

Let $H$ be an infinite dimensional separable complex Hilbert space. Denote by $\mathcal{B}(H)$ the C*-algebra of bounded operators on $H$, $\mathcal{K}(H)$ the ideal of compact operators on $H$, and ...
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C*-algebras and bounded relations

I'm trying to get used to the language of generators and relations for C*-algebras through Loring's "Lifting Solutions to Perturbing Problems in C*-Algebras". So far this is what I got from the first ...
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Continuity of the product map

Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra. Is it possible to characterize $A$ for which the product map defined by $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^n a_i\otimes b_i \mapsto \sum\limits_{i=1}^n a_i b_i$$ is continuous with ...
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When is the corner algebra $PM_n(A)P$ isomorphic to $A$?

In the algebra of matrices $M_n(A)$ over a $C^*$ algebra $A$, consider the corner algebra $PM_n(A)P$ for a Hermitian projection $P\in M_n(A)$. Is there any condition known for $P$ to make $PM_n(A)P$ ...
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Topological K-theory for commutative C*-algebras

It is in some sense folklore that given two arbitrary abelian groups $G,H$ one can find a $C^*$ algebra $A$ such that $K_0(A)=G$ and $K_1(A)=H$. My question is the following: what is known in the case ...
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Extension of a bounded operator on manifold

I have a problem, which is quite urgent, as I have only today discovered an error in a proof i had in a thesis which is to be handed in tomorrow. The problem, if stated in as full generality as ...
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Pullbacks of $C^*$-algebras

I am reading the paper of Pedersen: "Pullback and Pushout Constructions in C^*-Algebra Theory". I try to work out the arguments from Proposition $3.1$ of his paper (you can find this article in the ...
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Universal unital $C^*$ algebra generated by the relations of an n by n projection

Take generators $a_{ij}$ for $1\le i,j\le n$. Impose relations which come from the matrix \begin{eqnarray*} P=\left(\begin{array}{ccc}a_{11} & \dots & a_{1n} \\\vdots & \ddots & ...
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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 $L^1(G)$ ...
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Continuous linear functionals in strong operator and $\sigma$-strong topologies

It was mentioned in the comments to http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/517369/comparison-of-strong-operator-and-weak-topologies-on-bh that continuous linear functionals on ...
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Differentiable Path of Operators and their Inverses

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a separable Hilbert space. Consider a differentiable map $\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H}), t \mapsto A(t)$, where $\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$ is the space of ...
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How many ideals are there in $B(H)^{**}$?

It is well-known (and easy to prove) that the only closed ideals of $B(\ell_2)$ are $\{0\}$, $B(\ell_2)$ and $K(\ell_2)$, the ideal of compact operators on $\ell_2$. I am curious whether we know what ...
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positive maps and bimodules

Given a positive (or completely positive map) $\phi:A\to B$ between C* algebras, is there a way to construct an $A-B$ bimodule? This would more or less generalise the following construction: If $\phi$ ...
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Understanding the computation of the center of Tambara-Yamagami fusion categories when realized as C* categories

Recall that the Tambara-Yamagami categories are those with fusion ring $\mathbb{Z}[A \cup m]$ where $A$ is an abelian group and $m$ is a non-invertible (simple) object such that $ma = am = m$ for all ...
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von Neumann algebras generated by commutators

Let $A$ be a UHF-algebra of type $n^{\infty}$ and denote its unique and faithful trace by $\tau$. Let $L^2(A)$ be the Hilbert space of the GNS-representation associated to $\tau$. We have two ...
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Number of connected components of a $C^{*}$ algebra

Motivating by the concept in the following post What are these compact sets called? We introduce the following concept: Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$ algebra. We consider the unitary equivalent ...
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Injective element of a commutative Banach algebra

A revision: According to the comment of Nate Eldredge, in order to avoid the triviality, we revise the property $P$. Assume that $A$ is a commutative unital Banach algebra. Its maximal ideal ...
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Predual of a von Neumann algebra in terms of trace class operators

For a von Neumann algebra $\mathcal{A} \subseteq \mathcal{B(H)}$ where $\mathcal{B(H)}$ is the space of all bounded linear operators on the Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, there is a Banach space $ ...
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Can I define Fredholm Index using $\dim \ker ST - \dim \ker TS$?

$X$, $Y$ are Banach spaces. Let $S \in L(X, Y)$, $T \in L(Y, X)$, where $L(X, Y)$ denotes the Banach algebra of bounded linear operators from $X$ to $Y$. If we have that $Id_Y - ST \in \mathbb{K}(Y)$ ...
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A noncommutative vector bundle

We know that a noncommutative vector bundle is a finitely generated projective $A$-module where $A$ is a non commutative $C^{*}$ algebra. In this question we introduce a particular non commutative ...
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Square of Pierce 1/2 elements

Let $p$ be a nontrivial idempotent in a JB-algebra $A$ with Pierce decomposition $A = A_1 \oplus A_{1/2} \oplus A_0$. Then the projection onto $A_1$ (resp. $A_0$) is given by $U_p$ (resp. $U_{p'}$). ...
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Bootstrap subcategory abelian?

In the book "K-Theory for Operator Algebras" by Bruce Blackadar, the exercise 23.15.8. on page 246 says: "Let KKN be the full subcategory of KK with objects in N. Show that KKN is abelian category by ...
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Dense ideals in C*-algebras and K-theory

Let $A$ be a nonunital C*-algebra and let $I \subset A$ be a dense, $*$-closed, 2-sided ideal. I was under the impression that there existed some "obvious" argument proving that $I$ carries all the ...
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What is the general form of the duality transform for the Fock space?

I am interested in properties of the symmetric Fock space, looked at via the associated Wiener space. It is well known that for a Hilbert space $k$, the symmetric Fock space ...
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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 ...
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tensor product of the disc algebra with itself

Let $A=\mathcal{A}(\mathbb{D})$ be the disc algebra. Is there a cross norm on $A\otimes A$, which is compatible to the Banach algebra multiplication, such that the resulting Banach algebra has a ...
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Existence of orthogonal projections generating Von Neumann algebras

Let $V$ and $V'$ be Abelian Von Neumann algebras of projections on some Hilbert space $H$, and let $V_{1}$ and $V_{2}$ be minimal sub-algebras of $V$ and $V'$ generated by projections $P_{1} \in V$ ...
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Unique maximal ideal in group C*-algebras

Let $G$ be a discrete group. Let $C^*(G)$ denote the full group C*-algebra of $G.$ Let $\pi:C^*(G)\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be the *-homomorphism associated with the trivial representation of $G.$ ...
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Projective modules over noncommutative tori?

It is a theorem of Rieffel that for any simple noncommutative tori ($\mathcal{A}$) of dimension $n$, every projective module over it is isomorphic to direct sum of $\mathcal{S}(M)$, Schwartz class ...
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Closure of pseudodifferential operators of order 0 on compact manifolds

Let $M$ be a compact manifold. If we have a pseudodifferential operator $P$ of order $0$ on $M$, then $P$ is pseudolocal, i.e., every commutator $[f,P]$ with a continuous function $f \in C(M)$ is a ...
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K-theory of ultrapowers

It may well be a trivial question but I was wondering if there is any relation between $K$-groups and ultrapowers of $C^*$-algebras. For instance, if $A$ is a $C^*$-algebra does $K_0(A^U)$ depend on ...
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Literature on “real” $C^*$-algebras

I am trying to get a better understanding of "real" $C^*$-algebras. I encountered them in the paper D. Voiculescu, Dual algebraic structures, J. Operator Theory 17(1987), 85-98, which cites G.G. ...
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How to check whether a matrix is completely positive or not?

The definition: cone of completely positive matrices $\mathcal{C}=\{\sum_{i=1}^kx_ix_i^T:x_i\in\mathbb{R}^n_+\ for \ i=1,2,...,k\}$. I just don't knwo how to check whether a matrix belongs to ...
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Is the space of *-homomorphisms between two $C^*$-algebras locally path connected

Given the set of *-homomorphisms between two $C^*$-algebras $A$ and $B$, we may define a metric on it by setting $d(f,g):= \sup_{0<\|a\|\le 1}\|f(a)-g(a)\|$. Could it be true that, for each ...
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The link between the subfactors and the motives as enriched Galois theories? [closed]

On 29th March 2007, at the "École normale supérieure" of Paris, the mathematician Vaughan Jones, gave a conference (in French) entitled "Les sous-facteurs : une théorie de Galois enrichie" (see here), ...
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Existence of homogeneous single chain compositions of a given maximal subfactor?

All the subfactors here are irreducible inclusion of hyperfinite II$_1$ factors. A subfactor $(N \subset M)$ is Homogeneous Single Chain ($HSC$) if its lattice of intermediate subfactors is a ...
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Noncommutative Poincare inequalities

This is a question on how (or if) people in the community think about the Poincare inequality in noncommutative geometry. In geometry, the Poincare inequality (when it exists) gives a bound on a ...
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Infinite tensor product of states

Tensor products of finite number of different objects are always well described in the literature. However, the situation of infinite tensor products seems to be much tougher. Even in the simplest ...
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What is the multiplicative unitary for SU_q(2) (or other quantum groups)?

Consider a (von Neumann algebraic) locally compact quantum group $(M, \Delta, \phi, \psi)$ where the von Neumann algebra $M$ is realized as operators on the Hilbert space $H$. There is a ...
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When is an inner derivation a Fredholm operator?

Let $\mathcal{B}(H)$ denote the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$. I'm interested in inner derivations acting on the Schatten ideals $L^p\subseteq\mathcal{B}(H)$ (defined by ...
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Are the homogeneous single chain subfactors, Dedekind?

Background: See here and there. Recall that a subfactor is Dedekind if all its intermediate subfactors are normal. A subfactor $(N \subset M)$ is Homogeneous Single Chain (HSC) if its lattice ...
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Continuous depedence of the spectrum on elements

Suppose $a_n \to a$ in a unital C*-algebra $A$. If $\lambda_n \in \sigma(a_n)$ and $\lambda_n \to \lambda$, then $\lambda \in \sigma(a)$. Does the converse hold? So if $\lambda \in \sigma(a)$, does ...
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Strange (?) definition of the spectrum

Suppose that $A$ is a commutative, unital $C^*$-algebra. Then it is isomorphic to $C(X)$ for some compact Hausdorff topological space $X$. $X$ can be identified as the space of all unital ...
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States and extremal states of quantum SU(2) and the Podleś sphere

Is there any description (preferably somehow related to the original generators) for the state space (as in C*-algebras) of quantum SU(2) and the Podleś sphere? If so (this is pushing my luck) are the ...
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Lower bounds for norms of commutators

For various reasons I became interested in bounds on the norm of commutators of operators. For instance, if $B(H)$ is the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space, one may ask for a lower bound ...