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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 27 (2001), Issue 9, Pages 573-582

Putnam-Fuglede theorem and the range-kernel orthogonality of derivations

Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 17551, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Received 3 November 2000

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Let (H) denote the algebra of operators on a Hilbert space H into itself. Let d=δ or Δ, where δAB:(H)(H) is the generalized derivation δAB(S)=ASSB and ΔAB:(H)(H) is the elementary operator ΔAB(S)=ASBS. Given A,B,S(H), we say that the pair (A,B) has the property PF(d(S)) if dAB(S)=0 implies dAB(S)=0. This paper characterizes operators A,B, and S for which the pair (A,B) has property PF(d(S)), and establishes a relationship between the PF(d(S))-property of the pair (A,B) and the range-kernel orthogonality of the operator dAB.