International journal of mathematics vol:11 issue:2 pages:233-278
We continue our development of the corepresentation theory of multiplier Hopf algebras. In this paper, we consider the corepresentations of a multiplier Hopf algebra A in a nondegenerate algebra B rather than on a vector space (cf. ). We concentrate ourself on those corepresentations of A in B which are invertible elements of the multiplier algebra M(BxA). They are called the unitary corepresentations of A. In particular, the generalized R-matrices or quasi-triangular structures of a regular multiplier Hopf algebra are unitary (bi)corepresentations. As an application the quantum double of an algebraic quantum group can be constructed by means of the universal unitary corepresentation. Moreover, a unitary corepresentation of A in B can implement an inner coaction of A on B which allows us to study the covariant theory and crossed products.