Tensor algebras of product systems and their C-envelopes

Adam Dor-On, Elias Katsoulis

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Let (G,P) be an abelian, lattice ordered group and let X be a compactly aligned product system over P with coefficients in A. We show that the C*-envelope of the Nica tensor algebra NTX + coincides with both Sehnem's covariance algebra A×XP and the co-universal C-algebra NOX r for injective, gauge-compatible, Nica-covariant representations of Carlsen, Larsen, Sims and Vittadello. We give several applications of this result on both the selfadjoint and non-selfadjoint operator algebra theory. First we guarantee the existence of NOX r, thus settling a problem of Carlsen, Larsen, Sims and Vittadello which was open even for abelian, lattice ordered groups. As a second application, we resolve a problem posed by Skalski and Zacharias on dilating isometric representations of product systems to unitary representations. As a third application we characterize the C-envelope of the tensor algebra of a finitely aligned higher-rank graph which also holds for topological higher-rank graphs. As a final application we prove reduced Hao-Ng isomorphisms for generalized gauge actions of discrete groups on C-algebras of product systems. This generalizes recent results that were obtained by various authors in the case where (G,P)=(Z,N).

Original languageEnglish
Article number108416
JournalJournal of Functional Analysis
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • C*-envelope
  • Nica Toeplitz representation
  • product system of C*-correspondences
  • tensor algebra

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis


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