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Title: The bounded H∞ calculus for sectorial, strip-type and half-plane operators
Author: Mubeen, Faizalam Junaid
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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The main study of this thesis is the holomorphic functional calculi for three classes of unbounded operators: sectorial, strip-type and half-plane. The functional calculus for sectorial operators was introduced by McIntosh as an extension of the Riesz-Dunford model for bounded operators. More recently Haase has developed an abstract framework which incorporates analogous constructions for strip-type and half-plane operators. These operators are of interest since they arise naturally as generators of C0-(semi)groups. The theory of bounded H-calculus for sectorial operators is well established and it has been found to have many applications in operator theory and parabolic evolution equations. We survey these known results, first on Hilbert space and then on general Banach space. Our main goal is to fill the gaps in the parallel theory for strip-type operators. Whilst some of this can be deduced by taking exponentials and applying known results for sectorial operators, in general this is insu_cient to obtain our desired results and so we pursue an independent approach. Starting on Hilbert space, we broaden known characterisations of the bounded H-calculus for strip-type operators by introducing a notion of absolute calculus which is an analogue to the established notion for the sectorial case. Moving to general Banach space, we build on the work of Vörös, broadening his characterisation for strip-type operators in terms of weak integral estimates by introducing a new, but equivalent, notion of the bounded H-calculus, which we call the m-bounded calculus. We also demonstrate that these characterisations fail for half-plane operators and instead present a weaker form of the bounded H-calculus which is more natural for these operators. This allows us to obtain new and simple proofs of well known generation theorems due to Gomilko and Shi-Feng, with extensions to polynomially bounded semigroups. The connection between the bounded H-calculus of semigroup generators and polynomial boundedness of their associated Cayley Transforms is also explored. Finally we present a series of results on sums of operators, in connection with maximal regularity. We also establish stability results for the bounded H-calculus for strip-type operators by showing it is preserved under suitable bounded perturbations, which at time requires further assumptions on the underlying Banach space. This relies heavily on intermediate characterisations of the bounded H-calculus due to Kalton and Weis.
Supervisor: Batty, Charles Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Operator Theory ; Mathematics ; Functional Analysis ; Unbounded operators ; Bounded calculus ; Semigroups