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On the growth of Hermitian groups

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arXiv ID: 1305.5852
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Abstract

A locally compact group G is said to be Hermitian if every selfadjoint element of L^1(G) has real spectrum. Using Halmos' notion of capacity in Banach algebras and a result of Jenkins, Fountain, Ramsay and Williamson we will put a bound on the growth of Hermitian groups. In other words, we will show that if G has a subset that grows faster than a certain constant, then G cannot be Hermitian. Our result allows us to give new examples of non-Hermitian groups which could not tackled by the existing theory. The examples include certain infinite free Burnside groups, automorphism groups of trees, and p-adic general and special linear groups.

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