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Analytic Toeplitz operators with automorphic symbol


Author: M. B. Abrahamse
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 52 (1975), 297-302
MSC: Primary 47B35
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-1975-0405156-8
MathSciNet review: 0405156
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Abstract: Let $R$ denote the annulus $\{ z:1/2 < |z| < 1\}$ and let $\pi$ be a holomorphic universal covering map from the unit disk onto $R$. It is shown that if $\pi$ is a function of an inner function $\omega$, that is, if $\pi (z) = \pi (\omega (z))$, then $\omega$ is a linear fractional transformation. However, the analytic Toeplitz operator ${T_\pi }$ has nontrivial reducing subspaces. These facts answer in the negative a question raised by Nordgren [10]. Let $\phi$ be the function $\phi (z) = \pi (z) - 3/4$ and let $\phi = \chi F$ be the inner-outer factorization of $\phi$. An operator $C$ is produced which commutes with ${T_\phi }$ but does not commute with ${T_\chi }$ nor with ${T_F}$. This answers in the negative a question raised by Deddens and Wong [7]. The functions $\pi$ and $\phi$ are both automorphic under the group of covering transformations for $\pi$ and hence may be viewed as functions on the annulus $R$. This point of view is critical in these examples.


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Keywords: Toeplitz operator, automorphic function, universal covering map
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