Metric noncommutative geometry, initiated by Alain Connes, has known some great recent developments under the impulsion of Rieffel and the introduction of the category of compact quantum metric spaces topologized thanks to the to quantum Rieffel-Gromov-Hausdorff distance. In this paper, we undertake the first step to generalize such results and constructions to locally compact quantum metric spaces. Our present work shows how to generalize the construction of the bounded-Lipschitz metric on the state space of a C*-algebra which need not be unital, such that the topology induced by this distance on the state space is the weak* topology. In doing so we obtain some results on a state space picture of the strict topology of a C*-algebra.
Taiwanese journal of mathematics=臺灣數學期刊 11(2), pp.421-445