On positive deformations of *-algebras. (English) Zbl 0979.53098

Dito, Giuseppe (ed.) et al., Conférence Moshé Flato 1999: Quantization, deformations, and symmetries, Dijon, France, September 5-8, 1999. Volume II. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Math. Phys. Stud. 22, 69-80 (2000).
Summary: Motivated by deformation quantization we consider \(*\)-algebras over ordered rings and their deformations: we investigate formal associative deformations compatible with the \(*\)-involution and discuss a cohomological description in terms of a Hermitian Hochschild cohomology. As an ordered ring allows for a meaningful definition of positive functionals and as the formal power series with coefficients in an ordered ring are again an ordered ring we define a deformation to be positive if any positive linear functional of the undeformed algebra can be deformed into a positive linear functional of the deformed algebra. We discuss various examples and prove in particular that star-products on symplectic manifolds are positive deformations.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0949.00040].


53D55 Deformation quantization, star products
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