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Hilbert spaces, Von Neumann algebras and Quantum GroupsEdit

John von Neumann introduced a mathematical foundation for quantum mechanics in the form of -algebras of (quantum) bounded operators in a (quantum:= presumed separable , i.e. with a countable basis) Hilbert space . Recently, such von Neumann algebras, and/or (more generally) C*-algebras are, for example, employed to define \htmladdnormallink{locally compact quantum groups }{} by equipping such algebras with a co-associative multiplication and also with associated, both left-- and right-- Haar measures, defined by two semi-finite normal weights [1].

Remark on Jordan-Banach-von Neumann (JBW) algebras, Edit

A Jordan--Banach algebra (a JB--algebra for short) is both a real Jordan algebra and a Banach space, where for all Failed to parse (unknown function "\bR"): {\displaystyle S, T \in \mathfrak A_{\bR}} , we have \bigbreak \bigbreak \bigbreak Failed to parse (syntax error): {\displaystyle \Vert S \circ T \Vert &\leq \Vert S \Vert ~ \Vert T \Vert ~, \\ \Vert T \Vert^2 &\leq \Vert S^2 + T^2 \Vert ~. } \bigbreak \bigbreak \bigbreak

A JLB--algebra is a --algebra Failed to parse (unknown function "\bR"): {\displaystyle \mathfrak A_{\bR}} together with a Poisson bracket for which it becomes a Jordan--Lie algebra for some ~. Such JLB--algebras often constitute the real part of several widely studied complex associative algebras. For the purpose of quantization, there are fundamental relations between \htmladdnormallink{, JLB and Poisson algebras}{}. \bigbreak A JB--algebra which is monotone complete and admits a separating set of normal sets is called a JBW-algebra .

These appeared in the work of von Neumann who developed an \htmladdnormallink{orthomodular lattice theory {} of projections on } on which to study quantum logic. BW-algebras have the following property: whereas is a J(L)B--algebra, the self-adjoint part of a von Neumann algebra is a JBW--algebra.

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