Noncommutative Analysis

Michael Hartz awarded Zemanek prize in functional analysis

Idly skimming through the September issue of the Newsletter of the European Mathematical Society, I stumbled upon the very happy announcement that the 2020 Jaroslav and Barbara Zemanek prize in functional analysis with emphasis on operator theory was awarded to Michael Hartz.

The breakthrough result that every complete Nevanlinna-Pick space has the column-row property is one of his latest results and has appeared on the arxiv this May. Besides solving an interesting open problem, it is a really elegant and strong paper.

It is satisfying to see a young and very talented mathematician get recognition!

Full disclosure 😉 Michael is a sort of mathematical relative (he was a PhD student of my postdoc supervisor Ken Davidson), a collaborator (together with Ken Davidson we wrote the paper Multipliers of embedded discs) and a friend. I have to boast that from the moment that I heard about him I knew that he will do great things – in his first paper, which he wrote as a masters student, he ingeniously solved an open problem of Davidson, Ramsey and myself. Since then he has worked a lot on some problems that are close to my interests, and I have been following him with admiration.

Congratulations Michael!

Summer project 2020 – Hilbert function spaces of analytic functions in a complex variable

In the week of September 6-11 the Math Department at the Technion will again host the “Math Research Week“, or what we refer to as the the “summer projects week”. As in previous years, I will be offering a project, and this year, with the help of Ran Kiri and Satish Pandey, it will be a project on Hilbert function spaces. See here for the abstract. The purpose of this post is to collect my thoughts and my plans for this project.

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My talk at Fields – video available

Hi just got an email from the Fields Institute that the video recording of my talk “CP-semigroups and Dilations, Subproduct Systems and Superproduct systems,: the Multiparameter Case and Beyond” (on my paper with Michael Skeide I announced here) that I gave at COSY, is now available. The slides are available here. This is the first time I see (and hear!) a recording of myself giving a talk in English and, wow, it’s devastating. Thanks for bearing with me 🙂

Here is a link to the talk:

Noncommutative Analysis at the Technion 2021 – a conference in honour of Paul Muhly

I am happy to announce NCAT 2021 – a conference in honour of Paul S. Muhly for his research contributions and his leadership. The conference will take place at the Technion from Sunday evening June 20 to Thursday evening June 25, 2021. This will be a small workshop with invited participants in the spirit of Oberwolfach or BIRS meetings. So, you can’t contribute a talk (well, you can always try). People who want to participate (I suppose this is relevant mostly to mathematicians who will be in Israel at that time) are welcome to attend – put this down in your calendar and contact me, and we may also look into helping out with local accomodation and meals.

The conference will take place assuming that there will be an improvement in the global health situation, but I am already starting to think: what if not? We might move to an online format – no promises at this point.

Seminar talk at the BGU OA Seminar

This coming Thursday (July 2nd, 14:10 Israel Time) I will be giving a talk at the Ben-Gurion University Math Department’s Operator Algebras Seminar. If you are interested in a link to the Zoom please send me an email.

I will be talking mostly about these two papers of mine with co-authors: older one, newer one. Here is the title and abstract:

Title: Matrix ranges, fields, dilations and representations

Abstract: In my talk I will present several results whose unifying theme is a matrix-valued analogue of the numerical range, called the matrix range of an operator tuple. After explaining what is the matrix range and what it is good for, I will report on recent work in which we prove that there is a certain “universal” matrix range, to which the matrix ranges of a sequence of large random matrices tends to, almost surely. The key novel technical aspects of this work are the (levelwise) continuity of the matrix range of a continuous field of operators, and a certain quantitative matrix valued Hahn-Banach type separation theorem. In the last part of the talk I will explain how the (uniform) distance between matrix ranges can be interpreted equivalently as a “dilation distance”, which can be interpreted as a kind of “representation distance”. These vague ideas will be illustrated with an application: the construction of a norm continuous family of representations of the noncommutative tori (recovering a result of Haagerup-Rordam in the d=2 case and of Li Gao in the d>2 case).

Based on joint works with Malte Gerhold, Satish Pandey and Baruch Solel.