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1. CMB 2016 (vol 59 pp. 354)

Li, Chi-Kwong; Tsai, Ming-Cheng
 Factoring a Quadratic Operator as a Product of Two Positive Contractions Let $T$ be a quadratic operator on a complex Hilbert space $H$. We show that $T$ can be written as a product of two positive contractions if and only if $T$ is of the form \begin{equation*} aI \oplus bI \oplus \begin{pmatrix} aI & P \cr 0 & bI \cr \end{pmatrix} \quad \text{on} \quad H_1\oplus H_2\oplus (H_3\oplus H_3) \end{equation*} for some $a, b\in [0,1]$ and strictly positive operator $P$ with $\|P\| \le |\sqrt{a} - \sqrt{b}|\sqrt{(1-a)(1-b)}.$ Also, we give a necessary condition for a bounded linear operator $T$ with operator matrix $\big( \begin{smallmatrix} T_1 & T_3 \\ 0 & T_2\cr \end{smallmatrix} \big)$ on $H\oplus K$ that can be written as a product of two positive contractions. Keywords:quadratic operator, positive contraction, spectral theoremCategories:47A60, 47A68, 47A63

2. CMB 2012 (vol 57 pp. 145)

Mustafayev, H. S.
 The Essential Spectrum of the Essentially Isometric Operator Let $T$ be a contraction on a complex, separable, infinite dimensional Hilbert space and let $\sigma \left( T\right)$ (resp. $\sigma _{e}\left( T\right) )$ be its spectrum (resp. essential spectrum). We assume that $T$ is an essentially isometric operator, that is $I_{H}-T^{\ast }T$ is compact. We show that if $D\diagdown \sigma \left( T\right) \neq \emptyset ,$ then for every $f$ from the disc-algebra, \begin{equation*} \sigma _{e}\left( f\left( T\right) \right) =f\left( \sigma _{e}\left( T\right) \right) , \end{equation*} where $D$ is the open unit disc. In addition, if $T$ lies in the class $C_{0\cdot }\cup C_{\cdot 0},$ then \begin{equation*} \sigma _{e}\left( f\left( T\right) \right) =f\left( \sigma \left( T\right) \cap \Gamma \right) , \end{equation*} where $\Gamma$ is the unit circle. Some related problems are also discussed. Keywords:Hilbert space, contraction, essentially isometric operator, (essential) spectrum, functional calculusCategories:47A10, 47A53, 47A60, 47B07

3. CMB 1997 (vol 40 pp. 193)

Kucerovsky, Dan
 Finite rank operators and functional calculus on Hilbert modules over abelian $C^{\ast}$-algebras We consider the problem: If $K$ is a compact normal operator on a Hilbert module $E$, and $f\in C_0(\Sp K)$ is a function which is zero in a neighbourhood of the origin, is $f(K)$ of finite rank? We show that this is the case if the underlying $C^{\ast}$-algebra is abelian, and that the range of $f(K)$ is contained in a finitely generated projective submodule of $E$. Categories:55R50, 47A60, 47B38
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