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Document Type Doctoral Thesis
Author Bapela, Manas Majakwane
URN etd-12042006-123908
Document Title Riesz theory and Fredholm determinants in Banach algebras
Degree PhD (Mathematics)
Department Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Advisor Name Title
Prof A Stroh Committee Chair
Prof J Swart Committee Co-Chair
  • operator algebras
  • linear algebraic groups
Date 1999-10-01
Availability unrestricted
In the classical theory of operators on a Banach space a beautiful interplay exists between Riesz and Fredholm theory, and the theory of traces and de¬terminants for operator ideals. In this thesis we obtain a complete Riesz de¬composition theorem for Riesz elements in a semi prime Banach algebra and on the other hand extend the existing theory of traces and determinants to a more general setting of Banach algebras.

In order to obtain some of these results we use the notion of finite multiplicity of spectral points to give a characterization of the essential spec¬trum for elements in a Banach algebra. As an immediate corollary we obtain the well-known characterization of Riesz elements namely that their non-zero spectral points are isolated and of finite multiplicities. In the final chapter of the thesis we use Plemelj's type formulas to define a determinant on the ideal of finite rank elements and show that it extends continuously to the ideal of nuclear elements.

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Bapela, MM 1999, Riesz theory and Fredholm determinants in Banach algebras, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-12042006-123908/ >


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