Numerical ranges of composition operators

Valentin Matache

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Composition operators on the Hilbert Hardy space of the unit disk are considered. The shape of their numerical range is determined in the case when the symbol of the composition operator is a monomial or an inner function fixing 0. Several results on the numerical range of composition operators of arbitrary symbol are obtained. It is proved that 1 is an extreme boundary point if and only if 0 is a fixed point of the symbol. If 0 is not a fixed point of the symbol, 1 is shown to be interior to the numerical range. Some composition operators whose symbol fixes 0 and has infinity norm less than 1 have closed numerical ranges in the shape of a cone-like figure, i.e., a closed convex region with a corner at 1, 0 in its interior, and no other corners. Compact composition operators induced by a univalent symbol whose fixed point is not 0 have numerical ranges without corners, except possibly a corner at 0.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-74
Number of pages14
JournalLinear Algebra and Its Applications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • 47A12
  • 47B38
  • Composition operator
  • Hardy space
  • Numerical range

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics


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