By William Arveson

This e-book provides the fundamental instruments of contemporary research in the context of the basic challenge of operator idea: to calculate spectra of particular operators on countless dimensional areas, specially operators on Hilbert areas. The instruments are assorted, and so they give you the foundation for extra sophisticated tools that let one to method difficulties that pass well past the computation of spectra: the mathematical foundations of quantum physics, noncommutative k-theory, and the type of easy C*-algebras being 3 components of present study task which require mastery of the fabric offered right here. The ebook is predicated on a fifteen-week path which the writer provided to first or moment 12 months graduate scholars with a beginning in degree idea and effortless useful research.

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Letting ξn be the unit vector µ(En )−1/2 χEn one has |(f (p) − λ)ξn (p)| ≤ n−1 |ξn (p)|, p ∈ X, and hence (f − λ)ξn L2 ≤ 1/n tends to 0 as n → ∞. Exercises. (1) Let [·, ·] : H × H → C be a sesquilinear form deﬁned on a Hilbert space H. Show that [·, ·] satisﬁes the polarization formula 3 4[ξ, η] = ik ξ + ik η, ξ + ik η . k=0 (2) Let A ∈ B(H) be a Hilbert space operator. The quadratic form of A is the function qA : H → C deﬁned by qA (ξ) = Aξ, ξ . The numerical range and numerical radius of A are deﬁned, respectively, by W (A) = {qA (ξ) : ξ = 1} ⊆ C, w(A) = sup{|qA (ξ)| : ξ = 1}.

Moreover, since every element ω of sp(A) satisﬁes ω(1) = 1, it follows that ˆ is the constant function 1 in C(sp(A)). It follows that the Gelfand map is 1 a homomorphism of A onto a unital subalgebra of C(sp(A)) that separates points of sp(A). The previous remarks also imply that x ˆ ∞ ≤ x , x ∈ A. Most signiﬁcantly, the Gelfand map exhibits spectral information about elements of A in an explicit way. 5. Let A be a commutative Banach algebra with unit. For every element x ∈ A, we have σ(x) = {ˆ x(p) : p ∈ sp(A)}.

39 40 2. OPERATORS ON HILBERT SPACE Every operator A ∈ B(H) gives rise to a complex-valued function of two variables [ξ, η] = Aξ, η , ξ, η ∈ H. Notice that this form is linear in ξ and antilinear in η; such bilinear forms are called sesquilinear. The sesquilinear form associated with A is also bounded in the sense that there is a positive constant C such that |[ξ, η]| ≤ C ξ η for all ξ, η ∈ H, and the smallest such constant is the operator norm C = A . Frequently, the easiest way to deﬁne a bounded operator is to specify its sesquilinear form.