constructive Gelfand duality theorem

There is a statement and proof of Gelfand duality in constructive mathematics. This therefore makes sense in any topos.

- An application of constructive Gelfand duality in the presheaf topos over the semilattice of commutative subalgebras of a C-star algebra produces an internal locale from any noncommmutative $C^*$-algebra. See semilattice of commutative subalgebras.

A proof of Gelfand duality claimed to be constructive was given in.

- Bernhard Banaschewski; Christopher J. Mulvey,
*A globalisation of the Gelfand duality theorem*Annals of Pure and Applied Logic, 137(1–3):62–103, 2006

This uses however Barr's theorem which requires itself non-constructive logic and requires the ambient topos to be a Grothendieck topos

A fully constructive proof is claimed in

- Thierry Coquand, Bas Spitters,
*Constructive Gelfand duality for $C^*$-algebras*, Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical society , Volume 147, Issue 02, September 2009, pp 323-337 (arXiv:0808.1518)

A review of some aspects of constructive Gelfand duality is in section 2 of

- Chris Heunen, Klaas Landsman, Bas Spitters,
*A topos for algebraic quantum theory*, Comm. Math. Phys. 291:63–110, 2009, free access doi, arXiv:0709.4364

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by Tim Porter
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