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A Duality of Locally Compact Groups That Does Not Involve the Haar Measure

Yulia Kuznetsova


We present a simple and intuitive framework for duality of locally compacts groups, which is not based on the Haar measure. This is a map, functorial on a non-degenerate subcategory, on the category of coinvolutive Hopf $C^*$-algebras, and a similar map on the category of coinvolutive Hopf-von Neumann algebras. In the $C^*$-version, this functor sends $C_0(G)$ to $C^*(G)$ and vice versa, for every locally compact group $G$. As opposed to preceding approaches, there is an explicit description of commutative and co-commutative algebras in the range of this map (without assumption of being isomorphic to their bidual): these algebras have the form $C_0(G)$ or $C^*(G)$ respectively, where $G$ is a locally compact group. The von Neumann version of the functor puts into duality, in the group case, the enveloping von Neumann algebras of the algebras above: $C_0(G)^{**}$ and $C^*(G)^{**}$.

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ISSN 0025-5521 (print) ISSN 1903-1807 (online)

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