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Regularity and extensions of Banach function algebras

In this thesis we investigate the properties of various Banach function algebras and uniform algebras. We are particularly interested in regularity of Banach function algebras and extensions of uniform algebras. The first chapter contains the background in normed algebras, Banach function algebras, and uniform algebras which will be required throughout the thesis. In the second chapter we investigate the classicalisation of certain compact subsets of the complex plane obtained by deleting a sequence of open disks from a closed disk. Sets obtained in this manner are called Swiss cheese sets. We give a new topological proof of the FeinsteinHeath classicalisation theorem along with similar results. We conclude the chapter with an application of the classicalisation results. The results in this chapter are joint with H. Yang. In the third chapter we study Banach function algebras of functions satisfying a generalised notion of differentiability. These algebras were first investigated by Bland and Feinstein as a way to describe the completion of certain normed algebras of complexdifferentiable functions. We prove a new version of chain rule in this setting, generalising a result of Chaobankoh, and use this chain rule to give a new proof of the quotient rule. We also investigate naturality and homomorphisms between these algebras. In the fourth chapter we continue the study of the notion of differentiability from the third chapter. We investigate a new notion of quasianalyticity in this setting and prove an analogue of the classical DenjoyCarleman theorem. We describe those functions which satisfy a notion of analyticity, and give an application of these results. In the fifth chapter we investigate various methods for constructing extensions of uniform algebras. We study the structure of Cole extensions, introduced by Cole and later investigated by Dawson, relative to certain projections. We also discuss a larger class of extensions, which we call generalised Cole extensions, originally introduced by Cole and Feinstein. In the final chapter we investigate extensions of derivations from uniform algebras. We prove that there exists a nontrivial uniform algebra such that every derivation extends with the same norm to every generalised Cole extension of that algebra. A nontrivial, weakly amenable uniform algebra satisfies this property. We also investigate a sequence of extensions of a derivation from the disk algebra.
