When is a scaled contraction hypercyclic?

Valentin Matache

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Hypercyclic operators are operators with dense orbits. A contraction cannot be hypercyclic since its orbits are bounded sets. Nevertheless, by multiplying a contraction with a scalar of absolute value larger than 1, the resulting scaled contraction can occasionally be a hypercyclic operator. In this paper, we investigate which Hilbert space contractions have that property and which don’t. We introduce the set Λ (T) of all scalars which produce a hypercyclic operator, by scaling the operator T, and determine Λ (T) in various cases. New properties of hyperciclic operators are discovered in this process. For instance, it is proved that any connected component of the essential spectrum of a hypercyclic operator must meet the unit circle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-355
Number of pages17
JournalBolletino dell Unione Matematica Italiana
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Contractions
  • Hypercyclic operators
  • Shifts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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