Additive maps on C$^*$-algebras commuting with $|.|^k$ on normal elements

Document Type: Research Paper


Department of Mathematics, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, P.R. China.


Let $\mathcal {A} $ and $\mathcal {B} $ be C$^*$-algebras. Assume that $\mathcal {A}$ is of real rank zero and unital with unit $I$ and $k>0$ is a real number. It is shown that if $\Phi:\mathcal{A} \to\mathcal{B}$ is an additive map preserving $|\cdot|^k$ for all normal elements; that is, $\Phi(|A|^k)=|\Phi(A)|^k $ for all normal elements $A\in\mathcal A$, $\Phi(I)$ is a projection, and there exists a positive number $c$ such that $\Phi(iI)\Phi(iI)^{*}\leq
c\Phi(I)\Phi(I)^{*}$, then $\Phi$ is the sum of a linear Jordan *-homomorphism and a conjugate-linear Jordan *-homomorphism. If, moreover, the map $\Phi$ commutes with $|.|^k$ on $\mathcal{A}$, then $\Phi$ is the sum of a linear *-homomorphism and a conjugate-linear *-homomorphism. In the case when $k \not=1$, the assumption $\Phi(I)$ being a projection can be deleted.


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