# Generalized bi-circular projections

## Abstract

Recall that a projection P on a complex Banach space X is a generalized bi-circular projection if P + λ (I - P) is a (surjective) isometry for some λ such that | λ | = 1 and λ ≠ 1. It is easy to see that every hermitian projection is generalized bi-circular. A generalized bi-circular projection is said to be nontrivial if it is not hermitian. Botelho and Jamison showed that a projection P on C ([0, 1]) is a nontrivial generalized bi-circular projection if and only if P - (I - P) is a surjective isometry. In this article, we prove that if P is a projection such that P + λ (I - P) is a (surjective) isometry for some λ, then either P is hermitian or λ is an nth unit root of unity. We also show that for any nth unit root λ of unity, there are a complex Banach space X and a nontrivial generalized bi-circular projection P on X such that P + λ (I - P) is an isometry. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

## Publication Title

Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications

## Recommended Citation

Lin, P.
(2008). Generalized bi-circular projections.* Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications**, 340* (1), 1-4.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmaa.2007.07.017