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Hi Ad123q!

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Was wondering if anyone could give me a hand.

I need to prove that the Cayley Transform operator given by U=(A-i)(A+i)^-1 is UNITARY, ie that UU*=U*U=I where U* is the adjoint of U (I am given also that A=A* in the set of bounded operators over a Hilbert space H).

My solution so far, is this correct?

U=(A-i)(A+i)^-1 so

(U)(x) = (A-i)((A+i)^-1)x (U acting on an x)

Then (Ux,y)= {INTEGRAL}(A-i)((A+i)^-1)x y(conjugate) dx (1)

= {INTEGRAL}x(A-i)((A+i)^-1)(both conjugate)y(all three conjugate) dx (2)


and so deduce (U*)(y) = (A+i)((A-i)^-1)y

and so the adjoint of U is U*=(A+i)(A-i)^-1

It can then be checked that UU*=U*U=I
How do you conclude this from your expression for U*?

Btw, instead of using the integral, can't you simply use the properties of the adjoint operator?
That is, [itex](AB)^*=B^*A^*[/itex] and [itex](A^{-1})^*=(A^*)^{-1}[/itex]?

Quote Quote by Ad123q View Post
As you can see my main query is the mechanism of finding the adjoint of U for the given U.

For clarity in step (1) it is just the y which is conjugated, and in step (2) it is (A-i)(A+i)^-1 which is conjugated and then also the whole of (A-I)((A+i)^-1)y which is also conjugated. Sorry if my notation is confusing, if unsure just ask.

Thanks for your help in advance!