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A Jordan–Lie algebra is a quantum deformation? of a Poisson algebra, consisting of a single vector space with compatible structures of both a Jordan algebra and a Lie algebra. Secretly, this is the same thing as a complexified **-algebra. If we add an appropriate topological structure, then we get a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra (corresponding to complex Banach **-algebras), of which the JLBJLB-algebras (corresponding to C *C^*-algebras) and JLBWJLBW-algebras (corresponding to von Neumann algebras) are important special cases.

In traditional strict deformation quantization, the outcome of quantization of Poisson algebras is regarded to be a non-commutative but associative complex **-algebra (such as a C *C^*-algebra). But any such induces a Jordan–Lie algebra (consisting of its self-adjoint elements) by letting the Jordan product be the symmetrized product and the Lie bracket the commutator (times i/2\mathrm{i}/2). There is a condition relating the associator of the Jordan product to the Lie bracket, which makes JLBJLB-algebras effectively the same as C *C^*-algebras, the difference being that the single associative product is explicitly regarded as inducing the two products of a JLBJLB-algebra. For more on this separation of the Lie-algebra and the Jordan-algebra aspect of quantization see at order-theoretic structure in quantum mechanics.

Definitions and elementary properties

Let KK be a formally real field (in particular, 1/2K1/2 \in K), and let qKq \in K be a scalar. (Most of what we say here works over more general fields or even commutative rings, but there are arguments that the usual notion of Jordan algebra is inappropriate already for fields of characteristic 22, so I don't want to pretend to more generality than we can justify. Indeed, there does not yet seem to be any published literature on Jordan–Lie algebras that doesn't set KK to the field \mathbb{R} of real numbers.) Since KK is a field, qq is either zero or invertible, and some things will depend on which it is.

A Jordan–Lie algebra (over KK with deformation constant qq) consists of a KK-vector space AA equipped with two bilinear operators ()()(-)\circ(-) and [,][{-},{-}], respectively called the Jordan product and the Lie bracket, satisfying the following identities:

  • commutativity of the Jordan product: xy=yxx \circ y = y \circ x;
  • alternation (anticommutativity) of the Lie bracket: [x,x]=0[x, x] = 0, or equivalently (using bilinearity and that 1/2K1/2 \in K) [x,y]=[y,x][x, y] = -[y, x];
  • the Jacobi identity (self-derivation of the Lie bracket): [x,[y,z]]=[[x,y],z]+[y,[x,z]][x, [y, z]] = [[x, y], z] + [y, [x, z]], or equivalently (using anticommutativity) [x,[y,z]]+[y,[z,x]]+[z,[x,y]]=0[x, [y, z]] + [y, [z, x]] + [z, [x, y]] = 0;
  • derivation of the Lie bracket over the Jordan product: [x,yz]=[x,y]z+y[x,z][x, y \circ z] = [x, y] \circ z + y \circ [x, z];
  • the associator identity: x(yz)=(xy)z+q 2[y,[x,z]]x \circ (y \circ z) = (x \circ y) \circ z + q^2 [y, [x, z]], or equivalently (using anticommutativity) (xy)zx(yz)=q 2[[x,z],y](x \circ y) \circ z - x \circ (y \circ z) = q^2 [[x, z], y].

Note that the last two axioms (and alternation) prove the Jordan identity: first,

[x,xx]=[x,x]x+x[x,x]=0; [x, x \circ x] = [x, x] \circ x + x \circ [x, x] = 0 ;

then (writing x 2x^2 for xxx \circ x),

x(yx 2)(xy)x 2=q 2[y,[x,x 2]]=0. x \circ (y \circ x^2) - (x \circ y) \circ x^2 = q^2 [y, [x, x^2]] = 0 .

Thus, AA is a Jordan algebra under the Jordan product, and of course AA is a Lie algebra under the Lie bracket. (In a similar way, we can prove the Jacobi identity from the associator identity if qq is cancellable; but we state the Jacobi identity separately to cover when q=0q = 0 as well.)

As usual for Jordan algebras, we write x nx^n for an nn-fold product of xx under the Jordan product; this is unambiguous since Jordan algebras are always power-associative. (And of course, an nn-fold Lie bracket is always zero for n>1n \gt 1.) Even more generally the unbiased form of the Jordan identity is that multiplication by x mx^m and by x nx^n commute:

(x my)x n=x m(yx n) (x^m \circ y) \circ x^n = x^m \circ (y \circ x^n)

(which may be proved by induction using only the usual Jordan identity). We similarly have that powers of xx commute with each other under the bracket:

[x m,x n]=0. [x^m, x^n] = 0 .

The proof is similar to the proof above that [x,x 2]=0[x, x^2] = 0, by induction. (Then you can use this to get a faster proof of the unbiased Jordan identity.)

A Jordan–Lie algebra is unital if the Jordan product has an identity element 11:

  • multiplicative identity: 1x=x1 \circ x = x.

Then we may also interpret x 0x^0 as 11. Note that [x,1]=0[x, 1] = 0 too (a special case of [x m,x n]=0[x^m, x^n] = 0), proved by examining [x,11][x, 1 \circ 1].

If KK is a normed field, then a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra consists of a KK-Banach space AA equipped with a short bilinear operator (as the Jordan product) and a densely defined? bilinear operator (as the Lie bracket) making the domain of the Lie bracket into a Jordan–Lie algebra as above.

Typically, although the Lie bracket is allowed to be unbounded, it will be bounded when q>0q \gt 0. (This is a theorem for JLBJLB-algebras below.) Using continuity to prove all of the axioms, AA is also a Jordan–Banach algebra under the Jordan product. A Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra is unital if the Jordan algebra has a unit and 11{\|1\|} \leq 1 (in which case 1=1{\|1\|} = 1 if AA is nontrivial). Note that Jordan–Lie–Banach algebras (besides the JLBJLB-algebras below) don't seem to appear in the literature; this terminology is analogous to that of Jordan–Banach algebras.

A JLBJLB-algebra is a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra satisfying the following additional identities:

  • the BB-identity: x 2=x 2{\|x\|^2} = {\|x^2\|} (compare the B *B^*-identity or C *C^*-identity of a C *C^*-algebra);
  • positivity: x 2x 2+y 2{\|x^2\|} \leq {\|x^2 + y^2\|}.

Then AA is a JB-algebra under the Jordan product.

As with any JBJB-algebra, we don't need to explicitly state that the Jordan product is short (nor that 11{\|1\|} \leq 1 in the unital case), as this can be proved using the BB-identity and the polarization identities. (Conversely, if we do state that the product is short, then we only need the \leq half of the BB-identity in addition, or we can even combine it with positivity as x 2x 2+y 2{\|x\|^2} \leq {\|x^2 + y^2\|}.) We can also prove (by induction on log 2n\lceil\log_2 n\rceil) that x n=x n{\|x^n\|} = {\|x\|^n} (except for n=0n = 0 in the trivial algebra).

When q>0q \gt 0, we should also be able to prove that Lie bracket is bounded by 1/q1/q, but I don't see the proof. (A naive look at the associator identity suggests a bound of 2/q\sqrt{2}/q, but it's not clear to me whether [[x,z],y][[x,z],y] is sufficently general to prove this.) Then extending by continuity, we may assume that the Lie bracket is defined everywhere.

Positivity generalizes to any number of terms on either side (as long as the right-hand side has more, of course). (However, I don't see how to prove this without going through the functional calculus to prove that every sum of squares has a square root.) Thus, a JBJB-algebra is formally real: if ix i 2=0\sum_i x_i^2 = 0, then each x i=0x_i = 0 (because the norms lie in a formally real field).

Following the established terminology for JBJB-algebras, a JLCJLC-algebra may be defined as a concrete JLBJLB-algebra, that is one equipped with a faithful representation (see below) on a Hilbert space, or equivalently a real subalgebra? of SA(H)SA(H) (see below) that is closed in the operator topology. However, like C *C^*-algebras (but unlike general JBJB-algebras), every JLBJLB-algebra may be so represented and this term seems not to be used.

Finally, a JLBWJLBW-algebra is a unital JLBJLB-algebra whose underlying Banach space is equipped with a (necessarily unique) predual, and a JLWJLW-algebra is further equipped with a faithful representation (or equivalently is a JCJC-algebra which includes the identity and is closed in the weak operator topology). Again, every abstract JLBWJLBW-algebra may be made concrete, so we really only need one term in practice, although neither seems to be established in the literature yet.

Relation to Poisson algebras

If q=0q = 0, then the Jordan product becomes associative; in fact, a Jordan–Lie algebra with q=0q = 0 is precisely a commutative Poisson algebra. On the other hand, if qq is invertible, then dividing the Lie bracket by qq gives a Jordan–Lie algebra with q=1q = 1, so the only thing that really matters about qq (at least over a field) is whether or not it is zero. In this way, a Jordan–Lie algebra may be seen as a quantum deformation? of a Poisson algebra. (In the physical interpretation, qq here is the Dirac constant \hbar.)

Similarly, a Jordan–Banach algebra with q=0q = 0 is a commutative Banach algebra equipped with a Poisson bracket (typically unbounded), and similarly for the more specialized versions; then the q0q \ne 0 case is a quantum deformation of such Poisson–Banach algebras. We can see from this why the Lie bracket cannot be expected to be defined on an entire JLBJLB-algebra when q=0q = 0, since Poisson brackets in typical examples of Poisson algebras are unbounded in the obvious norms.

Relation to C *C^*-algebras

For a JLBJLB-algebra with q>0q \gt 0, the Jordan product and Lie bracket are respectively the real-symmetrized and imaginary-antisymmetrized parts of an associative operation on the complexification of AA, defining a complex C *C^*-algebra; and every C *C^*-algebra likewise defines a JLBJLB-algebra for any q>0q \gt 0 consisting of its Hermitian elements. (With q=0q = 0, we can still get a C *C^*-algebra out of the JLBJLB-algebra, and we can still recover the original JBJB-algebra as the self-adjoint elements, but trying to recover the original Lie bracket just results in 0/00/0.) This also works on the purely algebraic level, relating Jordan–Lie algebras to complex **-algebras, and on the measurable level, relating JLBWJLBW-algebras to von Neumann algebras.

Specifically, starting with a Jordan–Lie algebra or JLBJLB-algebra AA (possibly unital) with deformation constant qq over a formally real commutative ring KK, we write AAA \oplus A formally as A+iAA + \mathrm{i} A, on which we define the following operations:

  • addition: (a+ib)+(c+id)(a+c)+i(b+d)(a + \mathrm{i} b) + (c + \mathrm{i} d) \coloneqq (a + c) + \mathrm{i} (b + d),
  • opposite: (a+ib)(a)+i(b)-(a + \mathrm{i} b) \coloneqq (-a) + \mathrm{i} (-b) (which we write as aib-a - \mathrm{i} b as usual),
  • zero: 00+i00 \coloneqq 0 + \mathrm{i} 0,
  • scalar multiplication: (x+iy)(a+ib)=(xayb)+i(xb+ya)(x + \mathrm{i} y) (a + \mathrm{i} b) = (x a - y b) + \mathrm{i} (x b + y a) (for x+iyx + \mathrm{i} y a scalar in K[i]K[\mathrm{i}]),
  • involution: (a+ib) *a+i(b)=aib(a + \mathrm{i} b)^* \coloneqq a + \mathrm{i} (-b) = a - \mathrm{i} b,
  • multiplication: (a+ib)(c+id)(ac+q[a,d]+q[b,c]bd)+i(q[a,c]+ad+bc+q[b,d])(a + \mathrm{i} b) (c + \mathrm{i} d) \coloneqq (a \circ c + q [a, d] + q [b, c] - b \circ d) + \mathrm{i} (-q [a, c] + a \circ d + b \circ c + q [b, d]),
  • unit (in the unital case): 11+i01 \coloneqq 1 + \mathrm{i} 0.

This makes A+iAA + \mathrm{i} A into an associative **-algebra over K[i]K[x]/x 2+1K[\mathrm{i}] \coloneqq K[\mathrm{x}]/\lang\!\lang\mathrm{x}^2 + 1\rang\!\rang (which is a proper extension of KK, and a field if KK is, because KK is formally real). If AA is a JLBJLB-algebra, then A+iAA + \mathrm{i} A becomes a C *C^*-algebra; if AA is a JLBWJLBW-algebra, then A+iAA + \mathrm{i} A becomes a von Neumann algebra.

The intermediate Jordan–Lie–Banach case doesn't seem to work. For one thing, if we allow the Lie bracket to be unbounded (except when q=0q = 0 so that it is irrelevant), then we might not be able to define multiplication everywhere. Even assuming that the Lie bracket is bounded (at least when q0q \ne 0), it's not clear how to define the norm in this case. (For C *C^*-algebras, in contrast, there is no need to define the norm explicitly, since it is determined by the algebraic structure.)

Conversely, starting with a **-algebra AA (possibly unital, possibly a Banach **-algebra) over K[i]K[\mathrm{i}] and an invertible scalar qq, and assuming that 22 is invertible in KK, we form the subspace sa(A)={x:A|x *=x}sa(A) = \{x\colon A \;|\; x^* = x\}, on which we define the following operations (under each of which sa(A)sa(A) is closed):

  • addition, opposite, zero, scalar multiplication (by scalars in KK), unit (in the unital case): by restriction,
  • Jordan product: ab12ab+12baa \circ b \coloneqq \frac{1}{2} a b + \frac{1}{2} b a,
  • Lie bracket: [a,b]12iqab12iqba[a, b] \coloneqq \frac{1} {2 \mathrm{i} q} a b - \frac{1} {2 \mathrm{i} q} b a.

In the Banach case, we may also define the norm by restriction. (There is no difficulty in this direction for arbitrary Banach **-algebras.)

We can write the resulting Jordan–Lie algebra as sa q(A)sa_q(A) or simply sa(A)sa(A) if q=1q = 1. If AA is a Banach **-algebra, then sa q(A)sa_q(A) is a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra (with the Lie bracket defined everywhere); if AA is a C *C^*-algebra, then sa q(A)sa_q(A) is a JLBJLB-algebra; if AA is a von Neumann algebra, then sa q(A)sa_q(A) is a JLBWJLBW-algebra.

(If KK is a formally real field, then it has characteristic 00, so 22 must be invertible; but for more general rings, if 22 is not invertible in KK, then the formulas for the Jordan product and Lie bracket don't make sense, even when qq is invertible. If you leave out the divisions by 22, then you still get a Jordan–Lie algebra with deformation constant qq, but it won't necessarily be unital when AA is, the Jordan product could have a norm as high as 22 in the Banach case, and the BB-identity will fail in the C *C^*-case, gaining an unwanted factor of 22. In any case, a round-trip between Jordan–Lie algebras and complex **-algebras requires a division by 22 somewhere.)

This all defines a functor each way between the groupoids of C *C^*-algebras and JLBJLB-algebras with fixed q0q \ne 0, which in fact form an adjoint equivalence. (At least it should be; I don't know if this has been worked out in detail.) Since we have a notion of morphism (not just isomorphism) of C *C^*-algebras, we can transport this along the equivalence to get a notion of morphism of JLBJLB-algebras (which I would expect to be a short linear map that preserves both products, but somebody should check this) and thus a category JLBAlgJLB Alg equivalent to C *AlgC^* Alg.

In particular, for fixed q0q \ne 0, the category of JLBJLB-algebras with one value of qq is equivalent to the category of JLBJLB-algebras with another value of qq (since both are equivalent to complex C *C^*-algebras), but we have only a functor from JLBJLB-algebras with q=0q = 0 to any of these other categories. (And this is not a very interesting functor, since it simply throws away the original Lie bracket and replaces it with zero.)

Similarly, real JLBWJLBW-algebras (with fixed q0q \ne 0) are equivalent to complex W *W^*-algebras.


Any commutative associative algebra is a trivial example of a Jordan–Lie algebra with the Lie bracket set to zero. Similarly, any commutative Banach algebra is a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra, any commutative C *C^*-algebra with trivial involution is a JLBJLB-algebra, and any commutative W *W^*-algebra with trivial involution is a JLBWJLBW-algebra. Note that the value of qq is irrelevant in these examples.

More interestingly, given any C *C^*-algebra (not assumed commutative or with trivial involution), the self-adjoint elements form a JLBJLB-algebra with q=1q = 1; if the original C *C^*-algebra is a W *W^*-algebra, then the self-adjoint elements form a JLBWJLBW-algebra. In fact, every JLBJLB-algebra (including every JLBWJLBW-algebra) with q=1q = 1 has this form; more generally, every JLBJLB-algebra with q0q \ne 0 has this form upon dividing the Lie bracket by qq. (See above).

More specifically, given a Hilbert space HH, the self-adjoint operators form a JLBWJLBW-algebra SA(H)SA(H) with q=1q = 1. In fact, every JLBJLB-algebra (including every JLBWJLBW-algebra) with q=1q = 1 is a subalgebra of some SA(H)SA(H); more generally, every JLBJLB-algebra with q0q \ne 0 has this form upon dividing the Lie bracket by qq. (This is a combination of the previous paragraph and the theorem that every C *C^*-algebra may be made concrete.)

As for q=0q = 0, every commutative Poisson algebra is a Jordan–Lie algebra with q=0q = 0, and every Jordan–Lie algebra with q=0q = 0 has this form. This settles the purely algebraic case.

For the topological case with q=0q = 0, fix a symplectic manifold (or Poisson manifold) XX and take the unital Banach algebra of bounded continuous functions? on XX, equipped with the Poisson bracket. Here, the Poisson bracket is unbounded and not defined everywhere. (You could also use the Banach space of smooth functions whose derivatives of all orders are bounded, but the Poisson bracket is still unbounded and not defined everywhere, since there are bounded smooth functions with unbounded derivatives, unless XX is closed.) This is a JLBJLB-algebra with q=0q = 0. (But not every JLBJLB-algebra with q=0q = 0 has this form.)

Let VV be a (real) vector space of finite dimension nn, which we will think of as the configuration space of a classical system?, and let AA be the symmetric algebra on the dual phase space VV * 2nV \otimes V^* \cong \mathbb{R}^{2n}. We normally think of AA as consisting of (commutative) polynomials in the variables x 1,,x n,p 1,,p nx^1, \ldots, x^n, p_1, \ldots, p_n, but let us now think of them as noncommutative polynomials consisting only of terms in which the variables come in order. Fixing a scalar qq, define the Jordan product on AA so that x ix j=x min(i,j)x max(i,j)x^i \circ x^j = x^{\min(i,j)} x^{\max(i,j)}, p ip j=p min(i,j)p max(i,j)p_i \circ p_j = p_{\min(i,j)} p_{\max(i,j)}, and x ip j=x ip j+qδ j ix^i \circ p_j = x^i p_j + q \delta^i_j; in other words, to remove \circ from a product, we must add a term with a factor of qq whenever x ix^i and p ip_i appear on opposite sides of \circ. Also, define the Lie bracket so that [x i,x j]=0[x^i, x^j] = 0, [p i,p j]=0[p_i, p_j] = 0, and [x i,p j]=12δ j i[x^i, p_j] = -\frac{1}{2} \delta^i_j. Then when q=0q = 0, AA is the usual symmetric algebra of commutative polynomials again, while for q0q \ne 0, AA becomes sa q(W)sa_q(W), where WW is the Weyl algebra A+iAA + \mathrm{i} A.


In general, a representation of a Jordan–Lie algebra AA in a Jordan–Lie algebra BB is simply a homomorphism (in the usual sense of universal algebra) from AA to BB. But when q>0q \gt 0, we often take BB to be an associative **-algebra and represent AA in it with a homomorphism to sa(B)sa(B), the Jordan–Lie algebra of self-adjoint elements of BB (see above). When AA is a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra, then we generally want BB to be the same, or to be a Banach algebra, and for the homomorphism to be short. Similarly, when AA is unital, we generally want BB to be the same, and to have the homomorphism preserve the unit. When AA is a JLBJLB-algebra, then we generally want BB to be the same, or to be a C *C^*-algebra; and when AA is a JLBWJLBW-algebra, then we generally want BB to be the same or to be a W *W^*-algebra. (In these cases, the homomorphism is automatically short and automatically preserves any unit.)

Instead of a representation in BB, we can also consider a representation on HH, where HH is an inner product space over the complex numbers (or the complexification of KK more generally). This is a representation in the **-algebra of linear operators on HH, or equivalently a representation in the Jordan–Lie algebra of self-adjoint operators on HH. When BB is a Jordan–Lie–Banach algebra (especially a JLBJLB-algebra or even a JLBWJLBW-algebra), then we may take HH to be a Hilbert space and look only at the bounded operators.


A definition is in section 1.1 of

  • Hans Halvorson and Rob Clifton? (1999). Maximal Beable Subalgebras of Quantum-Mechanical Observables. PDF.

A brief remark is on page 80 of

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