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**“DERIVATIONS AND RELATED MAPS”**by Dr. M. S. Samman Dr. A. B. Thaheem**Contents**• Introduction • Definitions and notations • Background of the problem(s) • Objectives • Results • References**1. Introduction**• The theory of derivations plays an important role in quantum physics. The study of bounded derivations on operator algebras started in 1950s and has been very actively carried out by many mathematicians, and it has become a useful mathematical theory. After the study of bounded derivations (see Kadison [26], Sakai [37, 38] ), the study of unbounded derivations is being carried on by many mathematicians and mathematical phycisists, and this theory is making great progress (see Bratteli and Robinson [6]).**1. Introduction (cont’d)**• Derivations have also been studied for Banach algebras with particular attention to the problem of automatic continuity of derivations with reference to the Singer-Wermer conjecture [39] which has bene finally resolved by Thomas [47] in 1988. • C*-algebras are semiprime rings and factors (von Neumann algebras with center consisting of scalar multiples of the identity operator) are prime rings. Therefore, it is natural to consider derivations on prime and semiprime rings. • Posner [36] initiated several aspects of a study of derivations such as composition of derivations, commuting and centralizing derivations on prime rings.**1. Introduction (cont’d)**• Posner [36], proved that zero is the only centralizing derivation on a non-commutative prime ring. J. Mayne [32, 33] proved the analogous result for centralizing automorphisms on prime rings. A number of authors have generalized these theorems of Posner and Mayne in several ways (see e.g. [3, 7, 10, 12, 27, 29, 48, 49]). Further, a lot of work has been done on the general theory of derivations and related generalized notions on prime and semiprime rings (see e.g. [4, 8, 9, 18, 23-25]). • Derivations have also been extended to -derivations and (, β)-derivations where and β are automorphisms. These derivations are also called skew-derivations. (see [19, 28, 44]).**1. Introduction (cont’d)**• This work is concerned with the general theory of derivations and related maps on prime and semiprime rings. We shall summarize some results obtained in this direction. In fact, our study here deals with general properties of derivations, -derivations, centralizing and commuting maps, a functional equation and automorphisms for prime and semiprime rings. Any extension of these and other results to near-rings remains an open problem.**Definitions & Notations**• R denotes a ring with center Z(R) • [x, y] = xy - yx for x, y in R. [xy, z] = x[y, z] + [x, z]y & [x, yz] = y[x, z] + [x, y]z for x, y, z R. • R isprimeif aRb = (0)implies a=0 or b=0 • R issemiprime if aRa = (0) implies a = 0**Definitions & Notations (cont’d)**• An additive map d: R→ R is called aderivation if d(x y) = d(x)y + xd(y)for all x, y R. • A mapping f : R→ R is calledcentralizing if [f(x), x] Z(R); in particular, if[f(x), x] = 0 for all x R, then it is calledcommuting. Clearly, commuting → centralizing It is easy to see that if f: R→R is additive and commuting map then [f(x), y] = [x, f(y)] x, yR.**Definitions & Notations (cont’d)**• An additive map f on a ring R is called antihomomorphism if f(xy) = f(y)f(x) for all x, y R. • A mapping f: R→R is calledcommutativity- preservingif [f(x), f(y)] = 0whenever[x, y] = 0. • A mapping f: R→R is calledstrong commutativity-preservingif [f(x), f(y)] = [x, y]for all x, y R.**Background of the problem(s)**• Various aspects of the derivation are in relations with operators algebras, C*-algebras, von Neumann algebras, etc. • The use of derivations in operators equations. • Centralizing automorphisms have impact on the theory of C*-algebra.**4. Objectives**• General properties of derivations • Derivations and related mappings in near- rings (?) • -derivations on prime and semiprime rings • Commuting and centralizing derivations • Commuting and centralizing automorphisms • Certain functional equations on prime and semiprime rings**5. Results**• Results -A • Related to Results -A • Lemma A1: Let R be a semiprime ring, I a nonzero two-sided ideal of R and a R such that axa = 0 for all xI, then a = 0. • Theorem A2 : Let R be a semiprime ring, I a nonzero two-sided ideal of R and f, g be derivations of R such that f(x)y + yg(x) = 0 for all x, y I. Then f(u) [x, y] = [x,y]g(u) = 0 for all x ,y ,uI; in particular, f and g map I into Z(R).**5. Results (cont’d) -A**• Corollary A3 : Let R be a noncommutative prime ring, I a nonzero two-sided ideal of R and f, g be derivations of R such that f(x) y + yg(x) = 0 for all x, y I. Then f = g = 0 on R. • Remark A4 : If R is a noncommutative prime ring, I a nonzero two-sided ideal of R such that f(x)x = 0 for all xI, then f = 0 on R. This follows from Corollary A3. Indeed, put g = 0 and y=x in (A3), we get f(x)x = 0 for all x I and hence f = 0 on R. • Theorem A5 : Let R be a noncommutative prime ring, I a nonzero two-sided ideal of R and f, g be derivations of R such that f(x)xy + yg(x)x = 0 for all x, yI. Then f = g = 0.**5. Results (cont’d)**• Results -B • Related to Results -B • Theorem B1: Let T be an endomorphism of a 2-torsion free semiprime ring R such that the mapping x [T(x), x] is commuting on R. Then ([T(x), x])2 =0 for all xR . • Corollary B2: Let T be a centralizing endomorphism of a 2-torsion free semiprime ring R, then it is commuting on R. • Theorem B3: Let R be a 2-torsion free and 3-torsion free semiprime ring and T an endomorphism of R such that the mapping x [T(x), x] is centralizing on R. Then it is commuting on R; in particular, ([T(x), x])2 = 0 for all xR.**5. Results (cont’d)**• Results -C • Proposition C1: Let R be a semiprime ring and f an epimorphism of R. Then f is centralizing if and only if it is strong commutativity-preserving. • Proposition C2: Let R be a ring and f: R R an antihomomorphism. Then f is commutativity-preserving. • Proposition C3: Let R be a 2-torsion free semiprime ring and f a centralizing antihomomorphism of R onto itself. Then f is strong commutativity-preserving.**5. Results (cont’d) -C**Bresar [10, Proposition 4.1] has proved the following result. • Theorem Let R be a 2-torsion free semiprime ring and f: R R be a centralizing antihomomorphism. Then • S = {x R: f(x) = x} Z(R). • If R is prime and f does not map R into Z(R), then S = Z(R). • Remark We note that this Theorem can also be obtained as an application of Proposition C3 if f is onto.**References**• [1] H.E. Bell and W.S. Martindale, Centralizing mappings of semiprime rings, Canad. 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Vukman, Derivations on semiprime rings, Bull. Austral. Math. Soc. 53(1995), 353-359. • [21] J. Vukman, Commuting and centralizing mappings in prime rings, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 109(1990), 47-52.**Related to results -A**A classical result in the theory of centralizing derivations is a theorem of Posner [36, Theorem 2] which states that noncommutative prime rings do not admit nonzero centralizing derivations. Vukman [48] has proved that if f is a derivation on a noncommutative prime ring R of characteristic not two such that the mapping x [d(x), x] is commuting on R, then d = 0. Alternatively, this result states that if d is a derivation which satisfies the identity d(x)x2 + x2d(x) - 2xd(x)x = 0 for all xR, then d = 0. This , in fact, an analog of Posner's results for derivations satisfying this identity.**Related to results -B**Certain situations have been identified where centralizing and commuting maps coincide. For instance, Bell and Martindale [3, Lemma 2] have shown that if T is an endomorphism of a semiprime ring R which is centralizing on a nonzero left ideal U of R, then T is commuting on U.