Functional Analysis Seminar
Spring 2020

Operator spaces

Marcel de Jeu (
Bram Mesland (
Onno van Gaans (

If you are interested, please contact Marcel de Jeu, Bram Mesland, or Onno van Gaans.

The following is a quotation from Christian le Merdy's review in MathSciNet of the book that we shall use:
``Operator space theory grew from papers by Effros and Ruan and by Blecher and Paulsen published at the beginning of the nineties. It has now become a well-established and deep theory, with various and remarkable applications resulting from the interplay between operator spaces and other topics such as C*-algebras and von Neumann algebras, Banach spaces, nonselfadjoint operator algebras, noncommutative harmonic analysis, noncommutative integration theory, free probability, etc. The monograph under review is the first one dealing with this recently developed theory. Parts I and II, which are about 200 pages, contain a comprehensive and detailed exposition of all the basic results concerning operator spaces. They should definitely be recommended to anyone who aims at being an operator space theorist. Then parts III to V contain a smart selection of some of the most remarkable advances of the theory. Despite the depth of some of them, the book is essentially self-contained and accessible to a large audience.''
The book is a standard reference in the field and has a very good reputation. During this seminar, we intend to cover part I and as much from part II as is feasible. This will prepare the participants for a futher study of operator spaces and their applications.

Intended for
Students, PhD students, and faculty.

Proficiency in the functional analytic language at the level corresponding to a solid `pass' for the national functional analysis course in the Mastermath programme. An introductory course in functional analysis is not sufficient.

Edward Effros and Zhong-Jin Ruan: Operator spaces.
London Mathematical Society Monographs. New Series, 23. The Clarendon Press, Oxford University Press, New York, 2000.
ISBN: 0-19-853482-5.
The organisers have been informed that paper versions of this book appear to be harder to obtain than electronic ones.

Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, Niels Bohrweg 1 (Snellius building), Leiden. See here for directions.
The lectures are in room 174, with the exception of 21 February, when we shall convene in room 401.

The outbreak of the corona virus has uprooted the seminar. The meetings at Friday afternoons, starting at 14.00hr, were originally planned for:
14 February
21 February
28 February
6 March
13 March
27 March
3 April
17 April
24 April
1 May
8 May
15 May
29 May
The meetings from 14 February through 13 March have taken place as planned. It has been agreed that we shall continue the seminar when this becomes possible again, if necessary after 1 September 2020. The speakers and material for the first three lectures of the continuation are known and can be found below. We shall decide on the sequel after those lectures in due time.

6 EC for participation and delivering an afternoon filling lecture.

It is enevitable that some topics are more suitable for an attractive presentation than others, so, as in previous years, there will be no grades but simply a `pass'.

Please note
If you are a student, but not from Leiden, contact your study advisor or exam committee beforehand about the eligibility of this seminar for your own programme, in order to prevent unwanted surprises. If your institute should require this, then, although this is not the preferred method, a grade could be supplied instead of a `pass'.


Lecture 1: 14 February: YeongChyuan Chung
This lecture was of a preparatory nature, to make sure that everyone has seen the basic material in Chapter 1 that will be used in subsequent chapters. Some of the material (polar decomposition, Schatten classes) was covered for general Hilbert spaces, rather than for the finite-dimensional ones that are predominant in Chapter 1 of the book. References for this are, e.g., J.R. Ringrose, Compact non-self-adjoint operators, (Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., London, 1971), and J. Diestel, H., Jarchow, and A. Tonge, Absolutely summing operators, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995). Attention was also paid to tensor products. These are basic for the remainder of the book but, in spite of their elementary nature, they are not in the standard undergraduate curriculum for functional analysts.
Pictures of the blackboards are here.

Lecture 2: 21 February: Bram Mesland
Chapter 2.
Pictures of the blackboards are here; notes taken during the lecture are here.

Lecture 3: 28 February: Francesca Arici
Sections 3.1 and 3.2.
Pictures of the blackboards are here.

Lecture 4: 6 March: Onno van Gaans
Second part of Chapter 3.
Pictures of the blackboards are here.

Lecture 5: 13 March: Esmée Theeuwis
Chapter 4.
Pictures of the blackboards are here.

Lecture 6: Date TBA: Sebastiaan Smeenk
Sections 5.1 and 5.2.

Lecture 7: Date TBA: Mario Klisse
Sections 5.3 and 5.4.

Lecture 8: Date TBA: Gerrit Vos
Chapter 6.

We shall decide on the sequel in due time.