THE CARPENTER AND SCHUR-HORN PROBLEMS FOR MASAS IN FINITE FACTORS Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Two classical theorems in matrix theory, due to Schur and Horn, relate the eigenvalues of a self-adjoint matrix to the diagonal entries. These have recently been given a formulation in the setting of operator algebras as the Schur-Horn problem, where matrix algebras and diagonals are replaced respectively, by finite factors and maximal Abelian self-adjoint subalgebras (masas). There is a special case of the problem, called the carpenter problem, which can be stated as follows: for a masa A in a finite factor M with conditional expectation EA, can each x A with 0 x 1 be expressed as EA(p) for a projection p M? In this paper, we investigate these problems for various masas. We give positive solutions for the generator and radial masas in free group factors, and we also solve affirmatively a weaker form of the Schur-Horm problem for the Cartan masa in the hyperfinite factor. 2014 University of Illinois.

published proceedings

  • ILLINOIS JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICS

author list (cited authors)

  • Dykema, K. J., Fang, J., Hadwin, D. W., & Smith, R. R.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Dykema, Kenneth J||Fang, Junsheng||Hadwin, Donald W||Smith, Roger R

publication date

  • January 1, 2012 11:11 AM