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Abstract Characteristic Function

Bhattacharyya, Tirthankar (2012) Abstract Characteristic Function. In: Complex Analysis And Operator Theory, 6 (1). pp. 91-103.

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The characteristic function for a contraction is a classical complete unitary invariant devised by Sz.-Nagy and Foias. Just as a contraction is related to the Szego kernel k(S)(z, w) = ( 1 - z(w)over bar)- 1 for |z|, |w| < 1, by means of (1/k(S))( T, T *) = 0, we consider an arbitrary open connected domain Omega in C(n), a kernel k on Omega so that 1/k is a polynomial and a tuple T = (T(1), T(2), ... , T(n)) of commuting bounded operators on a complex separable Hilbert spaceHsuch that (1/k)( T, T *) >= 0. Under some standard assumptions on k, it turns out that whether a characteristic function can be associated with T or not depends not only on T, but also on the kernel k. We give a necessary and sufficient condition. When this condition is satisfied, a functional model can be constructed. Moreover, the characteristic function then is a complete unitary invariant for a suitable class of tuples T.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Complex Analysis And Operator Theory
Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag Ag
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Birkhauser Verlag Ag.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2012 06:54
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2012 06:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/43522

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