Canad. J. Math. 63(2011), 123-135
Printed: Feb 2011
Let $A_p(G)$ be the Figa-Talamanca,
Herz Banach Algebra on $G$; thus $A_2(G)$
is the Fourier algebra. Strong Ditkin (SD) and
Extremely Strong Ditkin (ESD) sets for the Banach algebras
$A_p^r(G)$ are investigated for abelian and nonabelian
locally compact groups $G$. It is shown that SD and ESD sets
for $A_p(G)$ remain SD and ESD sets for $A_p^r(G)$,
with strict inclusion for ESD sets. The case for the strict
inclusion of SD sets is left open.
A result on the weak sequential completeness of $A_2(F)$
for ESD sets $F$ is proved and used to show that Varopoulos,
Helson, and Sidon sets are not ESD sets for $A_2(G)$, yet they
are such for $A_2^r(G)$ for discrete groups $G$, for
any $1\le r\le 2$.
A result is given on the equivalence of the sequential and the net
definitions of SD or ESD sets for $\sigma$-compact groups.
The above results are new even if $G$ is abelian.
Fourier algebra, Figa-Talamanca-Herz algebra, locally compact group, Ditkin sets, Helson sets, Sidon sets, weak sequential completeness
43A15 - $L^p$-spaces and other function spaces on groups, semigroups, etc.
43A10 - Measure algebras on groups, semigroups, etc.
46J10 - Banach algebras of continuous functions, function algebras [See also 46E25]
43A45 - Spectral synthesis on groups, semigroups, etc.