A linear operator on a Hilbert space with a dense domain of definition and such that for any . This condition is equivalent to: 1) ; and 2) for all , where is the adjoint of , that is, to . A bounded Hermitian operator is either defined on the whole of or can be so extended by continuity, and then , that is, is a self-adjoint operator. An unbounded Hermitian operator may or may not have self-adjoint extensions. Sometimes any self-adjoint operator is called Hermitian, preserving the name symmetric for an operator that is Hermitian in the sense explained above. On a finite-dimensional space a Hermitian operator can be described by a Hermitian matrix.
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