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Quasistandard c*algebras and norms of inner derivations

In the first half of the thesis a necessary and sufficient condition is given for a separable C*algebra to be *isomorphic to a maximal full algebra of crosssections over a basespace such that the fibre algebras are primitive throughout a dense subset. The condition is that the relation of inseparability for pairs of points in the primitive ideal space should be an open equivalence relation. In the second half of the thesis a characterisation is given of those C* algebras A for which each selfadjoint inner derivation D(α, A) satisfies ∥D(α, A)∥ = 2 inf {∥αz∥ : z ∈Z(A), the centre of A}. This time the characterisation is that A should be quasicentral and the relation of inseparability for pairs of points in the primitive ideal space should be an equivalence relation. Those C*algebras for which every inner derivation satisfies the equation are characterised in a similar way.
