Kuiper's theorem

**AQFT** and **operator algebra**

**(Kuiper’s theorem)**

For $\mathcal{H}$ a separable infinite-dimensional complex Hilbert space, the group of bounded and invertible linear operators $GL(\mathcal{H})$, regarded as a topological group under the norm topology or strong operator topology or weak operator topology, is contractible.

The unitary group $U(\mathcal{H})$, being homotopy equivalent to $GL(\mathcal{H})$ by the Gram-Schmidt process, is also contractible.

The original paper of Kuiper proved this group to be contractible in the norm topology; later Dixmier and Douady proved contractibility for the strong operator topology. Atiyah and Segal note in their paper on twisted K-theory that there is an easy proof of contractibility in the weak operator topology. One major difference in the topologies is that with the operator topology then it is a CW-complex but with the weak topology then it isn’t even an ANR.

Revised on April 9, 2013 19:23:07
by Urs Schreiber
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