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Essential Self-Adjointness of Anticommutative Operators
The self-adjoint extensions of symmetric operators satisfying anticommutation relations are considered. It is proven that an anticommutative type of the Glimm-Jaffe-Nelson commutator theorem follows. Its application to an abstract Dirac operator is also considered.
1. Introduction and Main Theorem
In this paper, we consider the essential self-adjointness of anticommutative symmetric operators. Let be a symmetric operator on a Hilbert space ; that is, satisfies . It is said that is self-adjoint if and is essentially self-adjoint if its closure is self-adjoint. We are interested in conditions under which a symmetric operator is essentially self-adjoint. The Glimm-Jaffe-Nelson commutator theorem (e.g., [1, Theorem 2.32], [2, Theorem X.36]) is one criterion for the essential self-adjointness of commutative symmetric operators. The commutator theorem shows that if a symmetric operator and a self-adjoint operator obey a commutation relation on a dense subspace , which is a core of , then is essentially self-adjoint on . Historically, Glimm and Jaffe  and Nelson  investigate the commutator theorem for quantum field models. Faris and Lavine  apply it to quantum mechanical models and Fröhlich  considers a generalization of the commutator theorem and proves that a multiple commutator formula follows. Here, we overview the commutator theorem.
Let and be linear operators on . Assume the following conditions. is symmetric and is self-adjoint.There exists such that, for all , has a core satisfying , and there exist constants and such that, for all ,
Theorem A (Glimm-Jaffe-Nelson commutator theorem). Let and be operators satisfying . Suppose (i) or (ii) as follows. (i)There exists a constant such that, for all , (ii)There exists a constant such that, for all , Then, is essentially self-adjoint on .
Remark 1. In the commutator theorem, condition (i) is usually supposed. It is also proven under condition (ii) in a similar way to Theorem 2.
The idea of the proof of the commutator theorem is as follows. Let and be symmetric operators on a Hilbert space. Then, the real part and the imaginary part of the inner product for are expressed by respectively, where and . In the proof of the commutator theorem, the imaginary part is estimated. In Theorem 2, we prove that an anticommutative symmetric operator is essentially self-adjoint on a dense subspace by estimating the real part.
Theorem 2. Assume . In addition, suppose that (I) or (II) holds. (I)There exists a constant such that, for all , (II)There exists a constant such that, for all , Then, is essentially self-adjoint on .
Proof of Theorem 2. We show that, for some , where . Let and let . Since , we have First, we assume that (I) holds. Let satisfy . Since is a core of , it follows from and (I) that and for all , By (8) and (9), we have Since , we have from (10). Then, we have . Next, we suppose that (II) follows. Let satisfy . Since is a core of , it also follows from and (II) that and for all , Then from (8) and (11), we have Since and , we have from (12). Thus, the proof is obtained.
2. Application of Theorem 2
We apply Theorem 2 to abstract Dirac operator theory [1, 7]. Let be a Hilbert space. Let and be self-adjoint operators on . Assume that is bounded, and, . Then is called an abstract Dirac operator on with unitary involution . We construct an abstract Dirac operator by weakly commuting operators. Let and be densely defined linear operators on a Hilbert space. The weak commutator of and is defined for and for by Let , , be self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space . Set . Assume that satisfy the following condition. is dense in . For all , , .
Let be a bounded self-adjoint operator satisfying the following condition.For all , , .
Let be a Hilbert space. Let and be bounded self-adjoint operators on satisfying the following anticommutation relations:.
Then, the next assertion holds.
Theorem 3. Let . Assume . Then, is self-adjoint on .
It is seen that and . Then, from Theorem 3, is an abstract Dirac operator on with the unitary involution .
To prove Theorem 3, we show some lemmas.
Lemma 5. Let , , be closed operators on a Hilbert space on . Suppose that is dense in and for , , . Then is closed.
From an argument of quadratic forms, there exists a self-adjoint operator on such that , and for all ,
Lemma 6. Assume . Then, for all ,
Proof. Since is positive and self-adjoint, it follows that , . Then, for all , By and (17), we have for all . Note that is a core of , since is self-adjoint. In addition, for all , , . Hence, it follows that for all . Thus, the proof is obtained.
Proof of Theorem 3. Since is bounded, it is enough to show that is self-adjoint. Let . We show that and satisfy and (I) in Theorem 2. Since is symmetric and is self-adjoint, is satisfied. Since and , we see that, for all , Then, is satisfied. Since , it follows that . Then, by , we see that, for all , Then, for all , and hence is satisfied. By Lemma 6, it is seen that, for all , Then by and (20), we have . Then, from (18), it follows that for all . Then (I) is satisfied, and hence is self-adjoint from Theorem 2. In addition, by and , we see that, for , Then, from Lemma 5, , and hence the proof is obtained.
Conflict of Interests
The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
It is a pleasure to thank Professor Akito Suzuki and Professor Fumio Hiroshima for their comments. This work is supported by JSPS Grant 24·1671.
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