## Eggert Briem (19/10/2018)

Math Colloquium

### Speaker: Eggert Briem, University of Iceland

### Title: Gelfand Theory for Real Banach Algebras

Location: Naustið (Endurmenntun)

Time: Friday October 19 at 11.40

### Abstract:

A real Banach algebra is a Banach algebra over the reals. We will only consider commutative Banach algebras with unit. An example is the algebra of continuous functions, f , on the unit disc, analytic in the interior of the disc, satisfying f (z) = f (z). The norm on the algebra is the sup-norm.

Another example is the algebra of continuously differentiable real-valued functions on the unit interval with the norm given by

∥f∥ = ∥f∥∞ +∥f′∥∞

According to Gelfand theory, a commutative Banach algebra A with unit, over the complex numbers, can be represented as an algebra of continuous complex valued functions on a compact Hausdorff space X, with

sup_{x ∈ X}|ã(x)| = r(a) := lim∥a^n∥^1/n

for a ∈ A. Here X is the space of multiplicative linear functionals on A, equipped with the w∗-topology, and ã(x) = x(a) for x ∈ X.

This result also holds for real Banach algebras. Furthermore, the representati- on consists of real valued functions if and only if

r(a^2) ≤ r(a^2 +b^2) a,b ∈ A.

We will prove this using only real Banach space theory. If there is time we

will also talk about the general case where there is no condition on A.