John McCarthy and I have recently uploaded a new version of our paper “Spaces of Dirichlet series with the complete Pick property” to the arxiv. I would like to advertise the central discovery of this paper here.

Recall that the Drury-Arveson space is the reproducing kernel Hilbert space on the open unit ball of a dimensional Hilbert space, with reproducing kernel

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It has the remarkable universal property that every Hilbert function space with the complete Pick property is naturally isomorphic to the restriction of to a subset of the unit ball (see Theorem 6 and its corollary in this post), and consequently, every complete Pick algebra is a quotient of the multiplier algebra . To the best of my knowledge, no other Hilbert function spaces with such a universal property have been studied.

John and I discovered another reproducing kernel Hilbert space that turns out to be “the same” as the Drury-Arveson space . Since the space as been so well studied, it interesting to discover a new incarnation. The really interesting part is that the space we discovered is a space of analytic functions on a half plane (that is, a space of functions in **one** complex variable), rather than a space of analytic functions in infinitely many variables on the unit ball of a Hilbert space.

To be precise, the spaces we consider are spaces of Dirichlet series , of the form

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(Here is a sequence of positive numbers). These are Hilbert function spaces on some half plane that have a kernel of the form .

We first answer the question which of these spaces have the complete Pick property. This problem has a simple solution (which has been anticipated by similar results on spaces on the disc): if we denote by the “generating function” of the space, and if we write

,

then is a complete Pick space if and only if for all .

After we know to tell when these spaces are complete Pick, it is natural to ask *which complete Pick spaces arise like this*? We do not give a complete answer, but our surprising discovery is that things can easily be cooked up so to obtain the Drury-Arveson space , where can be any cardinal number in . For example, turns out to be “the same” as if the kernel is given by

,

where is the prime zeta function (the sum is taken over all primes ).

Now, I have been a little vague about what it means that is “the same” as . In fact, this is a subtle question, and we devote a part of our paper what it means for two Hilbert function spaces to be the same — something that has puzzled us for a while.

What does this appearance of Drury-Arveson space as a space of Dirichlet series mean? Can we use this connection to learn something new on multivariable operator theory, or on Dirichlet series? How did the prime zeta function smuggle itself into this discussion? This requires further thought.