Published online by Cambridge University Press: 17 December 2014
An algebra A is said to be directly finite if each left-invertible element in the (conditional) unitization of A is right invertible. We show that the reduced group C*-algebra of a unimodular group is directly finite, extending known results for the discrete case. We also investigate the corresponding problem for algebras of p-pseudofunctions, showing that these algebras are directly finite if G is amenable and unimodular, or unimodular with the Kunze–Stein property. An exposition is also given of how existing results from the literature imply that L1(G) is not directly finite when G is the affine group of either the real or complex line.