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Cupples I Room 207

#### Start Date

7-18-2016 4:00 PM

#### End Date

18-7-2016 4:20 PM

#### Description

We extend some of the results of Agler, Knese, and McCarthy concerning pairs of commuting shifts to the case of n-tuples of commuting isometries, where n>2. Let $V=(V_1,\dots,V_n)$ be an $n$-tuple of commuting isometries on a Hilbert space and let Ann($V$) denote the set of all $n$-variable polynomials $p$ such that $p(V)=0$. When Ann($V$) defines an affine algebraic variety of dimension 1 and $V$ is completely non-unitary, we show that $V$ decomposes as a direct of $n$-tuples $(W_1,\dots,W_n)$ with the property that, for each $i$, $W_i$ is either a shift or a scalar multiple of the identity. If $V$ is a cyclic $n$-tuple of commuting shifts, then we show that $V$ is determined by Ann($V$) up to near unitary equivalence.

On polynomial n-tuples of commuting isometries

Cupples I Room 207

We extend some of the results of Agler, Knese, and McCarthy concerning pairs of commuting shifts to the case of n-tuples of commuting isometries, where n>2. Let $V=(V_1,\dots,V_n)$ be an $n$-tuple of commuting isometries on a Hilbert space and let Ann($V$) denote the set of all $n$-variable polynomials $p$ such that $p(V)=0$. When Ann($V$) defines an affine algebraic variety of dimension 1 and $V$ is completely non-unitary, we show that $V$ decomposes as a direct of $n$-tuples $(W_1,\dots,W_n)$ with the property that, for each $i$, $W_i$ is either a shift or a scalar multiple of the identity. If $V$ is a cyclic $n$-tuple of commuting shifts, then we show that $V$ is determined by Ann($V$) up to near unitary equivalence.