By William Arveson

This booklet provides the fundamental instruments of recent research in the context of the elemental challenge of operator concept: to calculate spectra of particular operators on countless dimensional areas, specially operators on Hilbert areas. The instruments are assorted, they usually give you the foundation for extra subtle equipment that let one to procedure difficulties that cross well past the computation of spectra: the mathematical foundations of quantum physics, noncommutative k-theory, and the category of straightforward C*-algebras being 3 components of present study job which require mastery of the cloth offered the following. The publication is predicated on a fifteen-week direction which the writer provided to first or moment 12 months graduate scholars with a origin in degree thought and trouble-free sensible analysis.

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5, we have r(x) = sup{|λ| : λ ∈ σ(x)} = sup{|ˆ x(ω)| : ω ∈ sp(A)} = x ˆ and hence the asserted formula x = x ˆ ∞, ∞. Corollary 1. Let A be a (perhaps noncommutative) unital C ∗ -algebra. Then the spectrum of any self-adjoint element x of A is real. 2. COMMUTATIVE C ∗ -ALGEBRAS 49 Proof. Choose an element x = x∗ of A, and let B be the norm-closure of the set of all polynomials in x. Then B is a commutative C ∗ -subalgebra of A that contains the unit of A, hence σA (x) ⊆ σB (x). 4 implies that ω(x) is real for every ω ∈ sp(B), and hence spA (x) ⊆ σB (x) = {ω(x) : ω ∈ sp(B)} ⊆ R.

An element ω ∈ hom(A, C) is a complex linear functional satisfying ω(xy) = ω(x)ω(y) for all x, y ∈ A; notice that we do not assume that ω is continuous, but as we will see momentarily, that will be the case. The Gelfand spectrum of A is deﬁned as the set sp(A) = {ω ∈ hom(A, C) : ω = 0} of all nontrivial complex homomorphisms of A. It is also called the maximal ideal space of A, since there is a natural bijection of sp(A) onto the set of all maximal ideals of A (see Exercise (2) below). 1. Every element ω ∈ sp(A) satisﬁes ω(1) = 1.

2) Let A be a C ∗ -algebra. (a) Show that the involution in A satisﬁes x∗ = x . (b) Show that if A contains a unit 1, then 1 = 1. In the following exercises, X and Y denote compact Hausdorﬀ spaces, and θ : C(X) → C(Y ) denotes an isomorphism of complex algebras. We do not assume continuity of θ: (3) Let p ∈ Y . Show that there is a unique point q ∈ X such that θf (p) = f (q), f ∈ C(X). (4) Show that there is a homeomorphism φ : Y → X such that θf = f ◦ φ. Hint: Think in terms of the Gelfand spectrum.