Extension problems for representations of crossed-product C*-algebras

Astrid An Huef, Steven Kaliszewski, Iain Raeburn, Dana P. Williams

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A classical problem in representation theory asks which unitary representations U of a closed subgroup H of a locally compact group G are the restrictions V|H of unitary representations V of G. We have recently shown that this extension problem has a dual formulation involving representations of crossed products of C*-algebras by coactions, and this dual formulation raises many interesting test questions for the theory of non-abelian duality. In this paper, we consider the extension problem in the context of covariant representations for actions of G on C*-algebras, and the analogous problem for coactions. Each of our three main theorems has two main ingredients: a theorem describing some aspect of the duality between induction and restriction of representations, and an imprimitivity theorem. Some of these ingredients are available in the literature, but others are new and should be of independent interest. For example, we prove a version of Green's imprimitivity theorem for reduced crossed products, and this seems to be an interesting new application of non-abelian duality in itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-198
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Operator Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • Coaction
  • Crossed product
  • Extension
  • Induction
  • Non-abelian duality
  • Restriction
  • Unitary representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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