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Spectral lifting in Banach algebras and interpolation in several variables

Author: Gelu Popescu
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 353 (2001), 2843-2857
MSC (2000): Primary 47L25, 47A57, 47A20; Secondary 30E05
Published electronically: March 12, 2001
MathSciNet review: 1828475
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Let ${\mathcal{A}}$ be a unital Banach algebra and let $J$ be a closed two-sided ideal of ${\mathcal{A}}$. We prove that if any invertible element of ${\mathcal{A}}/J$ has an invertible lifting in ${\mathcal{A}}$, then the quotient homomorphism $\Phi :{\mathcal{A}}\to {\mathcal{A}}/J$ is a spectral interpolant. This result is used to obtain a noncommutative multivariable analogue of the spectral commutant lifting theorem of Bercovici, Foias, and Tannenbaum. This yields spectral versions of Sarason, Nevanlinna-Pick, and Carathéodory type interpolation for $F_{n}^{\infty }\bar \otimes B({\mathcal{K}})$, the WOT-closed algebra generated by the spatial tensor product of the noncommutative analytic Toeplitz algebra $F_{n}^{\infty }$ and $B({\mathcal{K}})$, the algebra of bounded operators on a finite dimensional Hilbert space ${\mathcal{K}}$. A spectral tangential commutant lifting theorem in several variables is considered and used to obtain a spectral tangential version of the Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation for $F_{n}^{\infty }\bar \otimes B({\mathcal{K}})$.

In particular, we obtain interpolation theorems for matrix-valued bounded analytic functions on the open unit ball of $\mathbb{C} ^{n}$, in which one bounds the spectral radius of the interpolant and not the norm.

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Gelu Popescu
Affiliation: Division of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78249

Received by editor(s): December 22, 1998
Received by editor(s) in revised form: October 4, 1999
Published electronically: March 12, 2001
Additional Notes: Partially supported by NSF Grant DMS-9531954
Article copyright: © Copyright 2001 American Mathematical Society