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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

Chapter II - Conditional Expectations and Operator-Valued Weights


Conditional Expectations

In this section, we introduce a special kind of positive linear mapping, called a conditional expectation, and give some applications to tensor products.

Let be a C*-algebra and a C*-subalgebra

A linear mapping is called a projection if Φ(b) = b for every. In this case and.

A linear mapping is called -linear if Φ(ab) = Φ(a)b and Φ(ba) = bΦ(a) for every.

A -linear projection which is also a positive mapping, that is, is called a conditional expectation.

Theorem (J. Tomiyama). Every projection of norm 1 of the C*-algebra onto the C *-subalgebra is a conditional expectation.

Proof. Consider first a norm 1 projection of a W*-algebra onto a W*-subalgebra Then is a W*-algebra and its unit element is a projection.

Let e be a projection in, put f = 1 − e, and assume that either e or f is in. For any, both ex and fx are then in and for we have

So for

As is arbitrary, we have, that is, Interchanging e and f, we have. Thus

Putting Let be any positive form on and Since by ([L], 5.4.) it follows that 𝜑 is positive. Hence Φ is positive and so self-adjoint. Taking adjoints in (1) we have

Since the W*-algebra is the closed linear span of its projections ([L], 2.23), by (1) and (2) it follows that for

In the general case, when Φ is a projection of norm 1 of the C*-algebra onto its C*-subalgebra, we consider the second transpose, mapping of the second dual W*-algebra onto the second dual W*-algebra(A.15, A.16).