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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 6, Pages 685-689

Invertibility-preserving maps of C-algebras with real rank zero

Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland 44106, OH, USA

Received 1 December 2003

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In 1996, Harris and Kadison posed the following problem: show that a linear bijection between C-algebras that preserves the identity and the set of invertible elements is a Jordan isomorphism. In this paper, we show that if A and B are semisimple Banach algebras and Φ:AB is a linear map onto B that preserves the spectrum of elements, then Φ is a Jordan isomorphism if either A or B is a C-algebra of real rank zero. We also generalize a theorem of Russo.