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Berezin transforms on noncommutative polydomains
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This paper is an attempt to unify the multivariable operator model theory for ball-like domains and commutative polydiscs and extend it to a more general class of noncommutative polydomains $\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}}(\mathcal {H})$ in $B(\mathcal {H})^n$. An important role in our study is played by noncommutative Berezin transforms associated with the elements of the polydomain. These transforms are used to prove that each such polydomain has a universal model $\mathbf {W}=\{\mathbf {W}_{i,j}\}$ consisting of weighted shifts acting on a tensor product of full Fock spaces. We introduce the noncommutative Hardy algebra $F^\infty (\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}})$ as the weakly closed algebra generated by $\{\mathbf {W}_{i,j}\}$ and the identity, and use it to provide a WOT-continuous functional calculus for completely non-coisometric tuples in $\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}}(\mathcal {H})$. It is shown that the Berezin transform is a completely isometric isomorphism between $F^\infty (\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}})$ and the algebra of bounded free holomorphic functions on the radial part of $\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}}(\mathcal {H})$. A characterization of the Beurling type joint invariant subspaces under $\{\mathbf {W}_{i,j}\}$ is also provided.

It has been an open problem for quite some time to find significant classes of elements in the commutative polydisc for which a theory of characteristic functions and model theory can be developed along the lines of the Sz.-Nagy–Foias theory of contractions. We give a positive answer to this question, in our more general setting, providing a characterization for the class of tuples of operators in $\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}}(\mathcal {H})$ which admit characteristic functions. The characteristic function is constructed explicitly as an artifact of the noncommutative Berezin kernel associated with the polydomain, and it is proved to be a complete unitary invariant for the class of completely non-coisometric tuples. Using noncommutative Berezin transforms and $C^*$-algebra techniques, we develop a dilation theory on the noncommutative polydomain $\mathbf {D}_{\mathbf {q}}^{\mathbf {m}}(\mathcal {H})$.

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  • Gelu Popescu
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 78249
  • MR Author ID: 234950
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  • Received by editor(s): November 6, 2013
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: April 29, 2014
  • Published electronically: September 15, 2015
  • Additional Notes: This research was supported in part by an NSF grant
  • © Copyright 2015 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 368 (2016), 4357-4416
  • MSC (2010): Primary 46L52, 47A56; Secondary 47A48, 47A60
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  • MathSciNet review: 3453374