### My talk at Fields – video available

Hi just got an email from the Fields Institute that the video recording of my talk “CP-semigroups and Dilations, Subproduct Systems and Superproduct systems,: the Multiparameter Case and Beyond” (on my paper with Michael Skeide I announced here) that I gave at COSY, is now available. The slides are available here. This is the first time I see (and hear!) a recording of myself giving a talk in English and, wow, it’s devastating. Thanks for bearing with me 🙂

Here is a link to the talk:

### Noncommutative Analysis at the Technion 2021 – a conference in honour of Paul Muhly

I am happy to announce NCAT 2021 – a conference in honour of Paul S. Muhly for his research contributions and his leadership. The conference will take place at the Technion from Sunday evening June 20 to Thursday evening June 25, 2021. This will be a small workshop with invited participants in the spirit of Oberwolfach or BIRS meetings. So, you can’t contribute a talk (well, you can always try). People who want to participate (I suppose this is relevant mostly to mathematicians who will be in Israel at that time) are welcome to attend – put this down in your calendar and contact me, and we may also look into helping out with local accomodation and meals.

The conference will take place assuming that there will be an improvement in the global health situation, but I am already starting to think: what if not? We might move to an online format – no promises at this point.

### Seminar talk at the BGU OA Seminar

This coming Thursday (July 2nd, 14:10 Israel Time) I will be giving a talk at the Ben-Gurion University Math Department’s Operator Algebras Seminar. If you are interested in a link to the Zoom please send me an email.

I will be talking mostly about these two papers of mine with co-authors: older one, newer one. Here is the title and abstract:

Title: Matrix ranges, fields, dilations and representations

Abstract: In my talk I will present several results whose unifying theme is a matrix-valued analogue of the numerical range, called the matrix range of an operator tuple. After explaining what is the matrix range and what it is good for, I will report on recent work in which we prove that there is a certain “universal” matrix range, to which the matrix ranges of a sequence of large random matrices tends to, almost surely. The key novel technical aspects of this work are the (levelwise) continuity of the matrix range of a continuous field of operators, and a certain quantitative matrix valued Hahn-Banach type separation theorem. In the last part of the talk I will explain how the (uniform) distance between matrix ranges can be interpreted equivalently as a “dilation distance”, which can be interpreted as a kind of “representation distance”. These vague ideas will be illustrated with an application: the construction of a norm continuous family of representations of the noncommutative tori (recovering a result of Haagerup-Rordam in the d=2 case and of Li Gao in the d>2 case).

Based on joint works with Malte Gerhold, Satish Pandey and Baruch Solel.

### New paper: Dilations of unitary tuples

Malte Gerhold, Satish Pandey, Baruch Solel and I have recently posted a new paper on the arxiv. Check it out here. Here is the abstract:

Abstract:

We study the space of all $d$-tuples of unitaries $u=(u_1,\ldots, u_d)$ using dilation theory and matrix ranges. Given two $d$-tuples $u$ and $v$ generating C*-algebras $\mathcal A$ and $\mathcal B$, we seek the minimal dilation constant $c=c(u,v)$ such that $u\prec cv$, by which we mean that $u$ is a compression of some $*$-isomorphic copy of $cv$. This gives rise to a metric

$d_D(u,v)=\log\max\{c(u,v),c(v,u)\}$

on the set of equivalence classes of $*$-isomorphic tuples of unitaries. We also consider the metric

$d_{HR}(u,v)$ $= \inf \{\|u'-v'\|:u',v'\in B(H)^d, u'\sim u$ and $v'\sim v\},$

and we show the inequality

$d_{HR}(u,v) \leq K d_D(u,v)^{1/2}.$

Let $u_\Theta$ be the universal unitary tuple $(u_1,\ldots,u_d)$ satisfying $u_\ell u_k=e^{i\theta_{k,\ell}} u_k u_\ell$, where $\Theta=(\theta_{k,\ell})$ is a real antisymmetric matrix. We find that $c(u_\Theta, u_{\Theta'})\leq e^{\frac{1}{4}\|\Theta-\Theta'\|}$. From this we recover the result of Haagerup-Rordam and Gao that there exists a map $\Theta\mapsto U(\Theta)\in B(H)^d$ such that $U(\Theta)\sim u_\Theta$ and

$\|U(\Theta)-U({\Theta'})\|\leq K\|\Theta-\Theta'\|^{1/2}.$

Of special interest are: the universal $d$-tuple of noncommuting unitaries ${\mathrm u}$, the $d$-tuple of free Haar unitaries $u_f$, and the universal $d$-tuple of commuting unitaries $u_0$. We obtain the bounds

$2\sqrt{1-\frac{1}{d}}\leq c(u_f,u_0)\leq 2\sqrt{1-\frac{1}{2d}}.$

From this, we recover Passer’s upper bound for the universal unitaries $c({\mathrm u},u_0)\leq\sqrt{2d}$. In the case $d=3$ we obtain the new lower bound $c({\mathrm u},u_0)\geq 1.858$ improving on the previously known lower bound $c({\mathrm u},u_0)\geq\sqrt{3}$.

### My slides for the COSY talk and the seminar talk

Here is a link to the slides for the short talk that I am giving in COSY.

This talk is a short version of the talk I gave at the Besancon Functional Analysis Seminar last week; here are the slides for that talk.