# The Normed Ordered Cone of Operator Connections

## Keywords:

operator connection, operator mean, operator monotone function## Abstract

A connection in Kubo-Ando sense is a binary operation for positive operators on a Hilbert space satisfying the monotonicity, the transformer inequality and continuity from above. A mean is a connection such that for all positive operators . In this paper, we consider the interplay between the cone of connections, the cone of operator monotone functions on the nonnegative reals and the cone of finite Borel measures on . The set of operator connections is shown to be isometrically order-isomorphic, as normed ordered cones, to the set of operator monotone functions on . This set is isometrically isomorphic, as normed cones, to the set of finite Borel measures on . It follows that the convergences of the sequence of connections, the sequence of their representing functions and the sequence of their representing measures are equivalent. In addition, we obtain characterizations for a connection to be a mean. In fact, a connection is a mean if and only if it has norm .