# Journal of Operator Theory

Volume 90, Issue 1, Summer 2023 pp. 223-261.

The truncated moment problem for
unital commutative $\mathbb{R}$-algebras

**Authors**:
Raul E. Curto (1), Mehdi Ghasemi (2), Maria Infusino
(3),
and Salma Kuhlmann (4)

**Author institution:** (1) Department of Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, 52246, U.S.A.

(2) Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E6, Canada

(3) Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Universita degli Studi di
Cagliari, Palazzo delle Scienze, Via Ospedale 72, 09124 Cagliari, Italy

(4) Fachbereich Mathematik und Statistik, Universitaet Konstanz,
Universitaetstrasse 10, 78457 Konstanz, Germany

**Summary: ** We investigate when a linear functional $L$ defined on
a linear subspace $B$ of a unital commutative real algebra $A$ admits an
integral representation with respect to a positive Radon measure supported
on a closed subset $K$ of the character space of $A$. We provide a criterion
for the existence of such a representation for $L$ when $A$ is equipped with a
submultiplicative seminorm. We then build on this result to prove our main
theorem for $A$ not necessarily equipped with a topology. This allows us to
extend well-known results on truncated moment problems.

**DOI: **http://dx.doi.org/10.7900/jot.2021nov26.2392

**Keywords: ** Truncated moment problem, full moment problem, measure, integral representation, linear functional.

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