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Multivariable operator-valued Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation: a survey

By J.A. Ball and S. ter Horst


The theory of Nevanlinna-Pick and Carathéodory-Fejér interpolation for matrix- and operator-valued Schur class functions on the unit disk is now well established. Recent work has produced extensions of the theory to a variety of multivariable settings, including the ball and the polydisk (both commutative and noncommutative versions), as well as a time-varying analogue. Largely independent of this is the recent Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation theorem by P.S. Muhly and B. Solel for an abstract Hardy algebra set in the context of a Fock space built from a. W*-correspondence E over a W*-algebra and a*-representation σ of . In this review we provide an exposition of the Muhly-Solel interpolation theory accessible to operator theorists, and explain more fully the connections with the already existing interpolation literature. The abstract point evaluation first introduced by Muhly-Solel leads to a tensor-product type functional calculus in the main examples. A second kind of point-evaluation for the W*-correspondence Hardy algebra, also introduced by Muhly and Solel, is here further investigated, and a Nevanlinna-Pick theorem in this setting is proved. It turns out that, when specified for examples, this alternative point-evaluation leads to an operator-argument functional calculus and corresponding Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation. We also discuss briefly several Nevanlinna-Pick interpolation results for Schur classes that do not fit into the Muhly-Solel W*-correspondence formalis

Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.library.uu.nl:1874/202229
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