The isomorphism problem for complete pick algebras: A survey

Guy Salomon, Orr Moshe Shalit

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Complete Pick algebras -these are, roughly, the multiplier algebras in which Pick’s interpolation theorem holds true -have been the focus of much research in the last twenty years or so. All (irreducible) complete Pick algebras may be realized concretely as the algebras obtained by restricting multipliers on Drury-Arveson space to a subvariety of the unit ball; to be precise: every irreducible complete Pick algebra has the form [Formula presented] where Md denotes the multiplier algebra of the Drury-Arveson space [Formula presented], and V is the joint zero set of some functions in Md. In recent years several works were devoted to the classification of complete Pick algebras in terms of the complex geometry of the varieties with which they are associated. The purpose of this survey is to give an account of this research in a comprehensive and unified way. We describe the array of tools and methods that were developed for this program, and take the opportunity to clarify, improve, and correct some parts of the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-198
Number of pages32
JournalOperator Theory: Advances and Applications
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Complete Pick spaces
  • Multiplier algebras
  • Nonself-adjoint operator algebras
  • Reproducing kernel Hilbert spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis


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