College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

# Operator Theory Seminar

**Abstract:**

We consider jointly quasinormal and spherically quasinormal pairs of commuting operators on Hilbert space, as well as their powers.

We first prove that, up to a constant multiple, the only jointly quasinormal 2-variable weighted shift is the Helton-Howe shift.

Second, we show that a left-invertible subnormal operator T whose square

T^2 is quasinormal must be quasinormal.

Third, we generalize a characterization of quasinormality for subnormal operators in terms of their normal extensions to the case of commuting sub-normal n-tuples.

Fourth, we show that if a 2-variable weighted shift W_{(α,β)} and its powers W_{(α,β)}^{(2,1)} and W_{(α,β)}^{(1,2)} are all spherically quasinormal, then W_{(α,β)} may not necessarily be jointly quasinormal.

Moreover, it is possible for both W_{(α,β)}^{(2,1)} and W_{(α,β)}^{(1,2)} to be spherically quasinormal without W_{(α,β)} being spherically quasinormal.

The talk is based on joint work with Sang Hoon Lee (Chungnam National University, Republic of Korea) and Jasang Yoon (The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, USA).