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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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About Blattner`s generating function in the holomorphic case

If $(\pi_\lambda, H_\lambda)$ is a holomorphic discrete series with Harish-Chandra parameter $\lambda$, it is known that $H_\lambda$ decomposes as K-module as $V_\Lambda \otimes S(p^+)$ where ...
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About the group generated by one diagonal unitary

Suppose $D=diag\{\alpha_1,\alpha_2,...\alpha_n\}$ is a diagonal unitary, which means that |\alpha_i|=1 for all $i$. We know that $\alpha_i$ is not unit root and so is $\alpha_i/\alpha_j$ for $i\neq ...
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Character of continuous series representation of GL(2)

It is wellknown that the character of an irreducible, unitary representation of $GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ uniquely determines the isomorphism classes. I fail to construct a function for $GL(2, \mathbb{C})$, ...
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Supercuspidal with Iwahori fixed vector

Let $F$ be a local field. Is there a reference for the following fact: No supercuspidal representation of $GL_2(F)$ has an Iwahori-fixed vector? I have a proof, by I'd prefer a reference, ...
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Isometric representation semisimple?

The first lemma on p.35 of these notes states that unitary representations are semisimple. Could the same be said of isometries if the space doesn't have an inner product? This topic notes that the ...
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An example of group with specific properties of its action on a discrete set

I am looking for an example of a discrete group $G$ which satisfies the following conditions: $G$ acts on a set $X$ transitively and has amenable stabilizers. There are finite subsets of ...
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Which groups are the unitary group of a $C^*$-algebra

Which groups are the unitary group of a $C^*$-algebra? Does anyone know anything in this direction?
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Fell topology in terms of distributions

Question: Can the Fell topology be expressed in terms of the distributions of the the tracial states of a unitary representations, that, is $\pi_j \rightarrow \pi$ if and only if $tr\; \pi_j ...
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Is the kernel of the Bohr compactification minimally almost periodic provided that it is cocompact?

Let $G$ be a locally compact (second countable) group and let $$ G_0 = \cap \{ \ker\pi : \pi \text{ is a continuous finite-dimensional unitary representation of } G \}. $$ This is the kernel of the ...
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How to find the unitary matrices in this exponential matrix representation

In the following post Representing a product of matrix exponentials as the exponential of a sum there is a statement regarding the result of the multiplication of two matrix exponentials: if $A$ and ...
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Representing SU(3) with 3 ropes in 3 dimensions

The short question is: how exactly is SU(3) realized with ropes? The long question: There is this idea that deformations of a configuration of three infinitely long, flexible ropes that cross each ...
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Embedding of Two Objects Into Higher Dimensions With Their Sum

Given two vector sets, $\vec x_i$ and $\vec y_i$ (for $i$=1,2,...N, but the dimensionality of each vector can be more than N), let their sum set be $\vec z_i = \vec x_i + \vec y_i$. It's easy to ...
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when do norm-continuous unitary representations separate points of a group?

Recently I found in the web a discussion on the following question: ...
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Do local L-functions/epsilon factors vary continuously with the Fell topology?

Edit due to the comment. Consider $G=GL(2)$ over a local field $F$. The Fell topology on the unitary dual of $G(F)$ is seperable. Given a sequence of irreducible unitary representations $(\pi_n)$ of ...
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How to translate the representation theory of semisimple to reductive groups?

I am aware of the following question: Definitions of Reductive and Semisimple Groups So let me phrase a precise question: Is there a standard technique by which one can translate the ...
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Quantum Cellular Automata on Riemannian manifolds and geometric group theory

We try to motivate our question. We have a certain logical/operational structure that has an emergent physical interpretation. We are giving this structure a geometric setting via quasi-isometries. ...
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Topology on the Unitary Dual

Suppose I have a locally compact topological group G. The unitary dual of G is the set of equivalence classes of irreducible unitary representations of G. Now, it seems to me that the sensible way of ...
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Quantized conserved quantities appearing from the Lie-algebra

Hi, consider a simple situation in quantum mechanics: Your Hilbert space is $\mathcal{H}=L^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$ and you use the obvious unitary representation $\pi\colon G=O(3)\times\mathbb{R}^3\to ...
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Steinberg reps of reductive groups over local fields vs finite fields

Let $G$ be a reductive group over a non-archimedean field $F$ with reisdue field $f$. Edit: The statements only make sense modulo tensoring by one-dimensional representations. Are the unitary, ...
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Unbounded representations of groups

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $G$ be a finitely generated group. Let $\pi:G\rightarrow GL(H)$ be a representation. A map $c:G\rightarrow H$ is called cocycle if $c(gh)=π(g)c(h)+c(g)$ for all $g,h$ ...
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Trace Class Functions on locally compact groups

Let $G$ be a locally compact subgroup, $\mu$ a Haar-measure. For $f \in L^1(G)$, and for $\pi$ a unitary, topology irreducible, representation of $G$ on an Hilbert space $H_\pi$, it is customary to ...
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Faithful representation of the projective unitary group with the lowest dimension?

What is the lowest dimension of a faithful ordinary representation (as compared with projective representation) of the projective unitary group $\rm{PU}(d)$? Is it $d^2-1$?
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Proper subgroups of $\rm{SU}(d)$ that act transitively on $\rm{CP}^{d-1}$?

The special unitary group $\rm{SU}(d)$ has a canonical action on the Hilbert space of dimension $d$, and this action induces a canonical action on the projective space $\rm{CP}^{d-1}$, which is ...
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Dense subspaces in primitive ideals of C-star algebras

Let $G$ be a unimodular locally compact group (my main examples are algebraic groups over local fields. Thefore we can assume $G$ is Type I, if necessary). Then there are at least three group algebras ...
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Unitary representations of a group given generating set

A group $G$ is generated by $1, -1, g_1, g_2, \ldots, g_n$. The relation of its generators is given by a simple undirected graph $G = (V=[n], E)$, where $(i, j) \in E$ means $g_i g_j = -g_j g_i$. In ...
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Is a reductive adelic group a Type I group?

I foresee that to experts of automorphic forms this question will sound unimportant or useless or even not worthy of an answer; but none of these are going to stop me from asking it! The question is ...
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Similarity about unitary matrices

Suppose $G_1, \ldots, G_k$ are unitary, Hermitian, and anti-commuting, as well as $F_1, \ldots, F_k$. If they are similar, i.e., there exists $T \in GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ such that $$ G_i = T^{-1} F_i T ...
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Structure of the unitary representation $L^2(N/M)$ when $N$ is a nilpotent Lie group

Hi All, I am new to this (though I seem to be a latecomer); so forgive me if this is not your most favorite question: I am trying to understand the structure (e.g., decomposition) of the unitary ...
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comprehensive presentation of the unitary dual of $SO_0(n,1)$

The unitary dual (unitary irreducible represenations) is determined for every connected noncompact semisimple Lie group of real rank one. I would like to have a reference for the particular case ...
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Regarding Cayley Graphs of Property (T) Groups

A well-known application of Kazhdan's Property (T) is the construction of expander graphs. Background on this is discussed, for example, in this post on Terry Tao's blog. Essentially, Cayley graphs of ...
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Positive definite functions on G from Hilbert space vectors?

Let $G$ be a countable discrete group. Given a vector $\xi \in l^{2}(G)$, is there any way to naturally construct a positive definite function on $G$ using $\xi$? This question is rather vague and ...
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Unitary representations of Quantum Groups

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite-dimensional complex simple Lie algebra and let $U_q(\mathfrak{g})$ be some incarnation of the quantized universal enveloping algebra of $\mathfrak{g}$; here I am ...
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Induced representations of topological groups

Sorry if this is a naive question-- I'm trying to learn this stuff (cross-posted from http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/89248/induced-representations-of-topological-groups) If $G$ is a group ...
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Unitary representations of the ax+b group: an accessible presentation

The "ax+b group" is the group of affine transformations of $\mathbb R$. It is a locally compact non unimodular group. Its space of irreducible, continuous unitary representations has been described ...
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Positive definite function zoo

I've asked the following question on math.stackexchange but there has been no response so I'll ask it again here: A positive definite function $\varphi: G \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ on a group $G$ is a ...
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Finite-dimensional faithful representations of compact groups

Is it true that a compact group always has a faithful, finite-dimensional unitary representation? If not, are there any reasonably simple counter-examples? I've done some research and know that every ...
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What is the difference between a primary representation and a irreducible representation?

I am currently reading some of Mackey's work on unitary representation. Given a locally compact group $G$ and a unitary representation $\pi : G\rightarrow U(H)$. As far as I understood it, the ...
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Do unitary bijections act invariantly on irreducible representations?

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a $C^*$ algebra. Let $(\pi, \mathcal{H})$ be a faithful, irreducible, unitary, Hilbert space representation of $\mathcal{A}$; i.e., ...
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Decomposing an arbitrary unitary representation of a connected nilpotent Lie group in terms of its irreps

For a locally compact (Hausdorff) abelian group $G$ we have following theorem (see e.g. Folland): "For every (strongly continuous) unitary representation $(\pi,\mathcal{H_{\pi}})$ of $G$, there ...
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Does every nontrivial group adimit a nontrivial unitary representation?

For a finitely presented group, does there always exist a nontrivial finite dimensional unitary representation? If two finitely presented groups have the same set of finite dimensional unitary ...
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Is there an abstract characterization of freeness in terms of additive unitary cocycles?

This question is very closely related to my other question here. Let $\Gamma$ be a countable discrete group and $\pi:\Gamma \rightarrow \mathcal{H}$ be a unitary representation of $\Gamma$. A map ...
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Representations of Lorentz group

Questions: What is the connection between representation theory of complex semisimple Lie groups and representations of (maybe "proper") Lorentz groups? Why should one read Bargmann's paper on ...
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Plancherel formula for special linear group

I am looking for a comprehensible material covering Plancherel formula for $SL(n,\mathbb{R})$ and $SL(n,\mathbb{C})$. Of course, I wouldn't mind reading an explanation for general semisimple Lie ...
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decomposition into irreducible unitary representations: references for explicit formulas?

I'm looking for references of the decomposition of $L^2(\Gamma\backslash G)$, where $G$ is a connected Lie group, and $\Gamma\subset G$ a discrete lattice; for simplicity one may assume that $G$ is ...
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faithful representation of locally compact group

I have been thinking about existence of faithful representation of locally compact groups. This representation exists for example for compact lie groups. But I am curious to know if one can say some ...
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Is there a characterization of free groups in terms of the unitary dual?

If $G$ is a countable discrete group, I'm curious if it is possible to decide whether $G$ is a free group only by looking at properties of $Rep(G)$, the collection of (equivalence classes of) strongly ...
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Unitary representations of SL(2, R)

I've heard that irreducible unitary representations of noncompact forms of simple Lie groups, the first example of such a group G being ...
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Induction and Coinduction of Representations

I'd like to understand the general framework of induction and coinduction of representations. If G is a finite group and H a subgroup, I know that there is a restriction functor from representations ...
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Is every finite group a group of “symmetries”?

I was trying to explain finite groups to a non-mathematician, and was falling back on the "they're like symmetries of polyhedra" line. Which made me realize that I didn't know if this was actually ...