Norm-attaining compact operators
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AuthorMartín Suárez, Miguel
Banach spaceNorm-attaining operatorsCompact operatorsApproximaciones propertystrict convexity
SponsorshipSupported by Spanish MICINN and FEDER project no. MTM2012-31755 and by Junta de Andaluc´ıa and FEDER grants FQM-185 and P09-FQM-4911.
We show examples of compact linear operators between Banach spaces which cannot be approximated by norm attaining operators. This is the negative answer to an open question posed in the 1970's. Actually, any strictly convex Banach space failing the approximation property serves as the range space. On the other hand, there are examples in which the domain space has Schauder basis. It now makes sense to discuss sufficient conditions on the domain or the range space to ensure that every compact linear operator between them can be approximated by norm attaining operators. We get several basic results in this line and mention some open problems.