Perturbation of the generator of a quaternionic evolution operator

Daniel Alpay, Fabrizio Colombo, Irene Sabadini

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The theory of slice hyperholomorphic functions, introduced in recent years, has important applications in operator theory. The quaternionic version of this function theory and its Cauchy formula yield to a definition of the quaternionic version of the Riesz-Dunford functional calculus which is based on the notion of S-spectrum. This quaternionic functional calculus allows to define the quaternionic evolution operator which appears in the quaternionic version of quantum mechanics proposed by J. von Neumann and later developed by S. L. Adler. Generation results such as the Hille-Phillips-Yosida theorem have been recently proved. In this paper, we study the perturbation of the generator. The motivation of this study is that, as it happens in the classical case of closed complex linear operators, to verify the generation conditions of the Hille-Phillips-Yosida theorem, in the concrete cases, is often difficult. Thus in this paper we study the generation problem from the perturbation point of view. Precisely, given a quaternionic closed operator T that generates the evolution operator $\mathcal{U}-{T}(t)$ we study under which condition a closed operator P is such that T + P generates the evolution operator $\mathcal{U}-{T+P}(t)$. This paper is addressed to people working in different research areas such as hypercomplex analysis and operator theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-370
Number of pages24
JournalAnalysis and Applications
Issue number4
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2015


  • Perturbation of the infinitesimal generator of a quaternionic semigroup
  • S-resolvent operator
  • S-spectrum
  • unbounded quaternionic generators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics


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