Title page for ETD etd-07132005-160351

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Aristidou, Michael
URN etd-07132005-160351
Title Laguerre Functions Associated to Euclidean Jordan Algebras
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Mathematics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gestur Olafsson Committee Chair
Jimmie Lawson Committee Member
Mark Davidson Committee Member
Peter Wolenski Committee Member
Robert Lax Committee Member
Ashok Srivastava Dean's Representative
  • laguerre functions
  • laguerre polynomials
  • lie groups
  • recursion relations
  • lie algebras
  • jordan algebras
  • symmetric cones
  • highest weight representations
Date of Defense 2005-07-01
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Certain differential recursion relations for the Laguerre functions, defined on a symmetric cone Ω, can be derived from the representations of a specific Lie algebra on L2(Ω,dμv). This Lie algebra is the corresponding Lie algebra of the Lie group G that acts on the tube domain T(Ω)=Ω+iV, where V is the associated Euclidean Jordan algebra of Ω. The representations involved are the highest weight representations of G on L2(Ω,dμv). To obtain these representations, we start from the highest weight representations of G on Hv(T(Ω)), the Hilbert space of holomorphic functions on T(Ω), and we transfer the representations to L2(Ω,dμv) via the Laplace transform. The Laguerre functions correspond to an orthogonal set of functions in Hv(T(Ω)) and they form an orthogonal basis in L2(Ω,dμv)L, where L is a specific subgroup of G. The recursion relations result by restricting the representation to a distinguished 3-dimensional subalgebra which is isomorphic to sl2(C). First, we construct the differential recursion relations for Laguerre functions defined on Ω = Sym+(n,R), the cone of positive definite real symmetric matrices, from the highest weight representations of Sp(2n,R). These relations generalize the 'classical' relations for Laguerre functions on R+. Then, we consider highest weight representations of any simple Lie group G to construct general differential recursion relations, for Laguerre functions defined on any symmetric cone, that generalize both the 'classical' recursion relations for Laguerre functions on Ω = R+ and the ones for Laguerre functions on Ω = Sym+(n,R).
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