Let $A$ be a $C^{*}$-algebra, represented on a Hilbert space $H$, and $D$ a selfadjoint unbounded operator on $H$ (note that we do not impose that $D$ have compact resolvent). Let

$\mathcal{A}:=${$a\in A : [D,a]\in B(H) $}

and topologize by the spectral invariant norm $\|a\|_{1}:=\|a\|+\|[D,a] \|$. Let $\mathcal{I}$ be a two sided ideal in $\mathcal{A}$, and denote by $I$ its closure in $A$. Let $0\leq h\leq k\in\mathcal{A}$ be such that $h\mathcal{I}$ is dense in $\mathcal{I}$ (in its Banach algebra topology).

Question: Is $k\mathcal{I}$ dense in $\mathcal{I}$?

Note that the hypotheses imply that $h$ and hence $k$ are strictly positive $\mod I$ in $A$. Therefore both $hI$ and $kI$ are dense in $I$. Also, in case $h$ and $k$ commute, or when $h,k\in\mathcal{I}$, the answer to this question is yes.

doesthis question keep getting bumped? $\endgroup$ – Jon Bannon Sep 18 '12 at 12:31