Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Sofia Ortega Castillo , Texas A&M University , Organizer: Brett Wick
I will introduce the cluster value problem, and its relation to the Corona problem, in the setting of Banach algebras of analytic functions on unit balls. Then I will present a reduction of the cluster value problem in separable Banach spaces, for the algebras $A_u$ and $H^{\infty}$, to those spaces that are $\ell_1$ sums of a sequence of finite dimensional spaces. This is joint work with William B. Johnson.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Shahaf Nitzan , Kent State , Organizer: Brett Wick
This talk discusses exponential frames and Riesz sequences in L^2 over a set of finite measure. (Roughly speaking, Frames and Riesz sequences are over complete bases and under complete bases, respectively). Intuitively, one would assume that the frequencies of an exponential frame can not be too sparse, while those of an exponential Riesz sequence can not be too dense. This intuition was confirmed in a very general theorem of Landau, which holds for all bounded sets of positive measure. Landau's proof involved a deep study of the eigenvalues of compositions of certain projection operators. Over the years Landaus technique, as well as some relaxed version of it, were used in many different setting to obtain results of a similar nature. Recently , joint with A. Olevskii, we found a surprisingly simple approach to Landau's density theorems, which provides stronger versions of these results. In particular, the theorem for Riesz sequences was extended to unbounded sets (for frames, such an extension is trivial). In this talk we will discuss Landau's results and our approach for studying questions of this type.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 15:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , Ben Krause , UCLA , Organizer: Michael Lacey
We will discuss the fine notion of the pointwise convergence of ergodic averages in setting where one the ergodic transformation is a Z^d action, and the averages are over more exotic sets than just cubes. In this setting, pointwise convergence does not follow from the usual ergodicity arguments. Bourgain, in his study of the polynomial ergodic averages invented the variational technique, which we extend to our more exotic averages.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:07 , Location: Skiles 005 , Yen Do , Yale University , Organizer: Michael Lacey
In this talk I will describe an Lp theory for outer measures, which could be used to connect two themes of Lennart Carleson's work: Carleson measures and time frequency analysis. This is joint work with Christoph Thiele.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Sonmez Sahutoglu , University of Toledo , Organizer: Brett Wick
Complex analysis in several variables is very different from the one variable theory. Hence it is natural to expect that operator theory on Bergman spaces of pseudoconvex domains in $\mathbb{C}^n$ will be different from the one on the Bergman space on the unit disk. In this talk I will present several results that highlight this difference about compactness of Hankel operators.  This is joint work with Mehmet Celik and Zeljko Cuckovic.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Debendra Banjade , University of Alabama , Organizer: Brett Wick
In 1980, T. M. Wolff has given the following version of the ideal membership for finitely generated ideals in $H^{\infty}(\mathbb{D})$: \[\ensuremath{\mbox{If \,\,}\left\{ f_{j}\right\} _{j=1}^{n}}\subset H^{\infty}(\mathbb{D}),\, h\in H^{\infty}(\mathbb{D})\,\,\mbox{and }\]\[\vert h(z)\vert\leq\left(\underset{j=1}{\overset{n}{\sum}}\vert f_{j}(z)\vert^{2}\right)^{\frac{1}{2}}\,\mbox{for all \ensuremath{z\in\mathbb{D},}}\]then \[h^{3}\in\mathcal{I}\left(\left\{ f_{j}\right\} _{j=1}^{n}\right),\,\,\mbox{the ideal generated by \ensuremath{\left\{ f_{j}\right\} _{j=1}^{n}}in \ensuremath{H^{\infty}}\ensuremath{(\mathbb{D})}. }\]In this talk, we will give an analogue of the Wolff's ideal problem in the multiplier algebra on weighted Dirichlet space. Also, we will give a characterization for radical ideal membership.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Gagik Amirkhanyan , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Brett Wick
For dimensions n greater than or equal to 3, and integers  N greater than 1, there is a distribution of points P in a unit cube [0,1]^{n}, of cardinality N, for which the discrepancy function D_N associated with P has an optimal Exponential Orlicz norm.  In particular the same distribution will have optimal L^p norms, for 1 < p < \infty.  The collection P is a random digit shift of the examples of  W.L. Chen and M. Skriganov.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Dechao Zheng , Vanderbilt University , Organizer: Brett Wick
On the Hardy space, by means of an elegant and ingenious argument, Widom showed that the spectrum of a bounded Toeplitz operator is always connected and Douglas showed that the essential spectrum of a bounded Toeplitz operator is also connected. On the Bergman space, in 1979, G. McDonald and the C. Sundberg showed that the essential spectrum of a Toeplitz operator with bounded harmonic symbol is connected if the symbol is either real or piecewise continuous on the boundary. They asked whether the essential spectrum of a Toeplitz operator on the Bergman space with bounded harmonic symbol is connected.  In this talk,  we will show an example that the spectrum and the essential spectrum of a Toeplitz operator with bounded harmonic symbol is disconnected. This is a joint work with Carl Sundberg.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Theresa Anderson , Brown University , Organizer: Michael Lacey
A recent conjecture in harmonic analysis that was exploredin the past 20 years was the A_2 conjecture, that is the sharp bound onthe A_p weight characteristic of a Calderon-Zygmund singular integraloperator on weighted L_p space.  The non-sharp bound had been knownsince the 1970's, but interest in the sharpness was spurred recentlyby connections to quasiconformal mappings and PDE.  Finally solved infull by Hytonen, the proof is complex, intricate and lengthy.  A new  "simple" approach using local mean oscillation and positive operatorbounds was published by Lerner.  We discuss this and some recent progress in the area, including our new proof for spaces of homogeneoustype, in the style of Lerner (Joint work with Armen Vagharshakyan).
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Brett Wick , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Brett Wick
In this talk, we will characterize the compact operators on Bergman spaces of the ball and polydisc.  The main result we will discuss shows that an operator on the Bergman space is compact if and only if its Berezin transform vanishes on the boundary and additionally this operator belongs to the Toeplitz algebra.  We additionally will comment about how to extend these results to bounded symmetric domains, and for "Bergman-type" function spaces.