# Continuous slice functional calculus in quaternionic Hilbert spaces

July 03, 2012

The aim of this work is to define a continuous functional calculus in
quaternionic Hilbert spaces, starting from basic issues regarding the notion of
spherical spectrum of a normal operator. As properties of the spherical
spectrum suggest, the class of continuous functions to consider in this setting
is the one of slice quaternionic functions. Slice functions generalize the
concept of slice regular function, which comprises power series with
quaternionic coefficients on one side and that can be seen as an effective
generalization to quaternions of holomorphic functions of one complex variable.
The notion of slice function allows to introduce suitable classes of real,
complex and quaternionic $C^*$--algebras and to define, on each of these
$C^*$--algebras, a functional calculus for quaternionic normal operators. In
particular, we establish several versions of the spectral map theorem. Some of
the results are proved also for unbounded operators. However, the mentioned
continuous functional calculi are defined only for bounded normal operators.
Some comments on the physical significance of our work are included.

Keywords:

quaternionic functional analysis, quaternionic continuous functional calculus