0. In [3], Fell introduced a topology on Rep (A,H), the collection of all non-null but possibly degenerate *-representations of the C*-algebra A on the Hilbert space H. This topology, which we will call the Fell topology, can be described by giving, as basic open neighbourhoods of π
0 ∈ Rep(A, H), sets of the form
where the ai
∈ A, and the ξj
∈ H(π
0), the essential space of π
0 [4].
A principal result of [3, Theorem 3.1] is that if the Hilbert dimension of H is large enough to admit all irreducible representations of A, then the quotient space Irr(A, H)/∼ can be identified with the spectrum (or “dual“) Â of A, in its hull-kernel topology.