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My research interests include operator theory, C*-algebras, and quantum mechanics from the viewpoint of deformations of C*-algebras. The operators on which I focus are usually of Toeplitz-type and act on the square- integrable holomorphic functions on phase-space.  I am interested in C*-algebras of these operators with various interesting "symbols" and the relation of such algebras to algebras of pseudo-differential operators which have been studied classically. 

In the past several years,  I have become interested in the structure of the Berezin symbol calculus of general operators on Bergman reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces. This calculus serves as a model for "quantization" and has been the object of considerable attention since it was introduced by Berezin in the 1970's.  The paper (with Bo Li) "Directional derivative estimates for Berezin's operator calculus," appears in the Proceedings of the AMS 136 (2008) pp. 641-649.  This paper is a sequel to my papers "Sharp Berezin Lipschitz estimates" ( Proceedings of the AMS 135 (2007) pp. 1163-1168) and "A Lipschitz estimate for Berezin's operator calculus" (Proceedings of the AMS 133 (2005) pp. 127-131).  These papers show that the Berezin symbols of general bounded operators must satisfy certain severe Bloch-type growth limitations which were not previously known.   In his Ph.D thesis (degree granted in August, 2008), Bo Li  extended these results further, to obtain  Bloch-type estimates on the higher derivatives of general Berezin symbols.

More recently, in ``Toeplitz operators with BMO symbols on the Segal-Bargmann space" (joint work with Joshua Isralowitz and Bo Li), we have shown (Transactions of the AMS 363 (2011) pp. 3015-3030 ) that, under certain (BMO) regularity conditions on the symbol, boundedness and compactness of Toeplitz operators on the Segal-Bargmann space (of Gaussian square-integrable entire functions on complex n-dimensional space) are completely determined by the Berezin symbols of these operators.  Another paper (written jointly with Wolfram Bauer and Joshua Isralowitz), "Heat flow, BMO and the compactness of Toeplitz operators" (Journal of Functional Analysis 259 (2010)  pp. 57-78), shows that, under the same (BMO) condition on the symbol f, the Toeplitz operator T_{f} is compact if and only if  (a) the "heat transform" f~(t_0) vanishes at infinity for some t_0 > 0 or (b) f~(t) vanishes at infinity for all t > 0.  This result is remarkable as a purely function-theoretic result about the interaction of BMO and the heat flow.

Most recently, in ``Berezin transform and Weyl-type unitary operators on the Bergman space", Proceedings of the AMS, 140 (2012) pp. 3445-3451,  I have examined the detailed structure of the Berezin transform, Ber, and shown, among other things, that, for the classical Bergman space of the open unit disc, D, as well as for the Segal-Bargmann space on C^{n}, range(Ber) is a non-closed linear subspace of the supremum norm Banach space BC(D) of bounded continuous functions on D or of BC(C^{n}).  The analysis uses explicit calculation of the Berezin transforms of unitary operators which arise from the biholomorphic automorphisms of the underlying complex spaces D and C^{n}.

In the preprint “Heat flow, weighted Bergman spaces, and real-analytic Lipschitz approximation,” Wolfram Bauer and I have shown that for the Bergman metric on bounded symmetric domains (BSD), real-analytic Lipschitz functions are uniformly dense in the space of all uniformly continuous functions.  This paper will appear in the Journal fur reine und angewandte Mathematik (Crelle).  It relies upon the fact that uniformly continuous functions are in BMO.

In the preprint ``Toeplitz operators with uniformly continuous symbols", Wolfram Bauer and I have shown, as a consequence of the Crelle paper and other recent results, that, for f uniformly continuous with respect to the Bergman metric on any BSD, the Toeplitz operator T_{f} is bounded iff f is bounded and T_{f} is compact iff f vanishes  at the boundary.


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