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571]. 11) that there exists a unitary u1 ∈ P1 B such that P1 bk1 P1 − u1 bk1 u∗1 P1 > 1/8, that is P1 (bk1 u1 − u1 bk1 )P1 > 1 . 3 to the restriction φ|P2 B(H)P2 , there exists k2 > k1 such that P2 bk P2 − E(bk )P2 > 1/8 for all k ≥ k2 and consequently there exists a unitary u2 ∈ P2 B such that P2 (bk2 u2 − u2 bk2 )P2 > 1 . 8 Continuing in this way, we ﬁnd a subsequence (bkj ) of (bk ) and a sequence of unitary elements uj ∈ Pj B such that Pj (bkj uj − uj bkj )Pj > Then u := n j=1 1 . 8 uj is a unitary in B and for each i bki u − ubki ≥ Pi (bki u − ubki )Pi = Pi (bki uPi − Pi ubki )Pi = Pi (bki ui − ui bki )Pi > 18 .

Let E1 (A) be the closure in the point-norm topology of the set of all completely contractive elementary operators on a C ∗ -algebra A. n. n. are completely positive maps on A and φ ∈ E1 (A) , then ψ ∈ E1 (A) . n. n. if and only if the normal and the singular part of φ are both in E1 (R) . n. all maps in E1 (R) . A speciﬁc example on B(H) is also studied. Mathematics Subject Classiﬁcation (2000). Primary 46L07; Secondary 47B47. Keywords. Elementary operators, complete contractions, C ∗ -algebras, von Neumann algebras.

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