A characterization of the disk algebra

Brian J. Cole, Nazim Sadik, Evgeny A. Poletsky

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We prove that a complex unital uniform algebra is isomorphic to the disk algebra if and only if every closed subalgebra with one generator is isomorphic to the whole algebra. Moreover, every such subalgebra of the disk algebra is isometrically isomorphic to the disk algebra. On the way we prove: (1) for a function f in the disk algebra the interior of the polynomial hull of the set f(Ū), where Ū is the closed unit disk, is a Jordan domain; (2) if a uniform algebra A on a compact Hausdorff set X containing the Cantor set separates points of X, then there is f ∈ A such that f(X) = Ū.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-539
Number of pages7
JournalIllinois Journal of Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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