Obstructions to lifting abelian subalgebras of corona algebras

Andrea Vaccaro

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Let A be a noncommutative, nonunital C*-algebra. Given a set of commuting positive elements in the corona algebra Q(A), we study some obstructions to the existence of a commutative lifting of such a set to the multiplier algebra M(A) Our focus is on the obstructions caused by the size of the collection we want to lift. It is known that no obstacles show up when lifting a countable family of commuting projections, or of pairwise orthogonal positive elements. However, this is not the case for larger collections. We prove in fact that for every primitive, nonunital, σ-unital C*-algebra A, there exists an uncountable set of pairwise orthogonal positive elements in Q(A) such that no uncountable subset of it can be lifted to a set of commuting elements of M(A) Moreover, the positive elements in Q(A) can be chosen to be projections if A has real rank zero.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-307
Number of pages15
JournalPacific Journal of Mathematics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Commuting self-adjoint elements
  • Corona algebra
  • Lifting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (all)


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