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Characteristic function for polynomially contractive commuting tuples

Bhattacharyya, T and Sarkar, J (2006) Characteristic function for polynomially contractive commuting tuples. In: Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 321 (1). pp. 242-259.

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In this note, we develop the theory of characteristic function as an invariant for n-tuples of operators. The operator tuple has a certain contractivity condition put on it. This condition and the class of domains in $C^n$ that we consider are intimately related. A typical example of such a domain is the open Euclidean unit ball. Given a polynomial P in C[$z_1$, $z_2$, . . . ,$z_n$] whose constant term is zero, all the coefficients are nonnegative and the coefficients of the linear terms are nonzero, one can naturally associate a Reinhardt domain with it, which we call the P-ball Definition 1.1). Using the reproducing kernel Hilbert space $H_p(C)$ associated with this Reinhardt domain in $C^n$, S. Pott constructed the dilation for a polynomially contractive commuting tuple (Definition 1.2) [S. Pott, Standard models under polynomial positivity conditions, J. Operator Theory 41 (1999) 365–389. MR 2000j:47019]. Given any polynomially contractive commuting tuple T we define its characteristic function $\Theta_T$ which is a multiplier. We construct a functional model using the characteristic function. Exploiting the model, we show that the characteristic function is a complete unitary invariant when the tuple is pure. The characteristic function gives newer and simpler proofs of a couple of known results: one of them is the invariance of the curvature invariant and the other is a Beurling theorem for the canonical operator tuple on $H_p(C)$ . It is natural to study the boundary behaviour of $\Theta_T$ in the case when the domain is the Euclidean unit ball. We do that and here essential differences with the single operator situation are brought out.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Multivariable operator theory;Dilation theory;Characteristic function;Model theory
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9319

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