# Journal of Operator Theory

Volume 42, Issue 1, Summer 1999 pp. 121-144.

States of Toeplitz-Cuntz algebras**Authors**: Neal J. Fowler

**Author institution:**Department of Mathematics, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia

**Summary:**We characterize the state space of a Toeplitz-Cuntz algebra $\To$ in terms of positive operator matrices $\Omega$ on Fock space which satisfy $\slice\Omega \le \Omega$, where $\slice\Omega$ is the operator matrix obtained from $\Omega$ by taking the trace in the last variable. Essential states correspond to those matrices $\Omega$ which are slice-invariant. As an application we show that a pure essential product state of the fixed-point algebra for the action of the gauge group has precisely a circle of pure extensions to $\To$.

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