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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2004, Issue 55, Pages 2963-2969

The structure of a subclass of amenable banach algebras

Faculty of Sciences and Techniques (FST), University Hassan I-Settat, BP 577, Settat 2600, Morocco

Received 8 January 2004

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We give sufficient conditions that allow contractible (resp., reflexive amenable) Banach algebras to be finite-dimensional and semisimple algebras. Moreover, we show that any contractible (resp., reflexive amenable) Banach algebra in which every maximal left ideal has a Banach space complement is indeed a direct sum of finitely many full matrix algebras. Finally, we characterize Hermitian *-algebras that are contractible.