Journal of Mathematics and Statistics

On Numerical Ranges of Nilpotent Elements of C*-Algebra

A. Abdollahi, M. T. Heydari and M. Moosavi

DOI : 10.3844/jmssp.2009.348.351

Journal of Mathematics and Statistics

Volume 5, 2009

Pages 348-351


Problem statement: Let A be a C*-algebra with unit 1. For each a∈A, let V(a), v(a) v0(a) and denote its numerical range, numerical radius and the distance from the origin to the boundary of its numerical range, respectively. Approach: If a is a nilpotent element of A with the power of nilpotency n, i.e., an = 0 and v(a) = (n-1) v0(a). Results: We proved that V(a) = bW(An), where b is a scalar and An is the strictly upper triangular n-by-n matrix with all entries above the main diagonal equal to one. Conclusion/Recommendations: We also completely determined the numerical range of such elements, by determining the numerical range of W(An) and showed that the boundary of it does not contain any arc of circle.


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