# Colloquium[ Edit ]

## Moderator: Ron Rosenthal

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The algebra $H^{\infty}(\mathbb{D})$ of bounded analytic functions on the unit disc in the complex plane is a well-studied object. This algebra arises frequently in various areas of mathematics, in particular, function theory, hyperbolic geometry, and operator algebras. The classical Schwarz-Pick lemma tells us that analytic functions bounded by $1$ on the disc are necessarily contractions with respect to the Poincare metric. Furthermore, preserving metric between two points is equivalent to being an isometry and thus a Moebius map. In its other incarnation $H^{\infty}(\mathbb{D})$ is an operator algebra. The connection between the operator algebraic structure and the hyperbolic geometric of the disc was exploited to obtain interpolation and classification results.

However, operator algebras are generally noncommutative, hence it is common to think of them as quantized function algebras. The goal of my talk is to present a noncommutative generalization of this interplay between bounded functions on the disc and its geometry. To this end, I will introduce functions of noncommutative variables and explain how they arise naturally in many (even classical commutative) contexts. The focus of my talk is on bounded nc functions, that turns out to be automatically analytic. We will discuss the generalization of a classical fixed point theorem of Rudin and Herve and give an operator algebraic application.

Only basic familiarity with operators on Hilbert spaces and complex analysis is assumed.

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Nonholonomic mechanics concerns with mechanical systems whose velocity is constrained. If these velocity constraints are linear, they define k-planes at every point of the configuration space of the system. In more complex situations further constraints appear: the movement of the system not only has to be tangent to these k-planes, but must obey conditions in which tangent vectors to the trajectories have constant length, or satisfy other, in general nonlinear, relations. This equips kinematics of nonholonomic mechanical systems with various geometric structures. These are: vector distributions on manifolds, their symmetry groups, differential invariants, associated exterior differential systems, Cartan connections, etc.

In the lectures we will discuss these geometric structures in simple examples of existing (or possible to exist) mechanical systems. We will concentrate on systems whose kinematics is described by a low dimensional parabolic geometry i.e. a geometry modeled on a homogeneous space G/P, with G being a simple Lie group, and P being its parabolic subgroup. The considered systems will include a movement of ice skaters on an ice rink, rolling without slipping or twisting of rigid bodies, movements of snakes and ants, and even movements of flying saucers. Geometric relations between these exemplary nonholonomic systems will be revealed. An appearance of the simple exceptional Lie group G2 will be a repetitive geometric phenomenon in these examples.

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The hydrogen atom system is one of the most thoroughly studied examples of a quantum mechanical system. It can be fully solved, and the main reason why is its (hidden) symmetry. In this talk I shall explain how the symmetries of the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom, both visible and hidden, give rise to an example in the recently developed theory of algebraic families of Harish-Chandra modules. I will show how the algebraic structure of these symmetries completely determines the spectrum of the Schrödinger operator and sheds new light on the quantum nature of the system.

No prior knowledge on quantum mechanics or representation theory will be assumed.

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