Operator-irreducible representation

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A representation of a group (algebra, ring, semi-group) on a (topological) vector space such that any (continuous) linear operator on commuting with every operator , , is a scalar multiple of the identity operator on . If is a completely-irreducible representation (in particular, if is a finite-dimensional irreducible representation), then is an operator-irreducible representation; the converse is not always true. If is a unitary representation of a group or a symmetric representation of a symmetric algebra, then is an operator-irreducible representation if and only if is an irreducible representation.



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[a2] A.A. Kirillov, "Elements of the theory of representations" , Springer (1976) pp. 114 (Translated from Russian)
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This article was adapted from an original article by A.I. Shtern (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article