Event № 525
A well-known result says that the Euclidean unit ball is the unique fixed point of the polarity operator. This result implies that the only norm which can be defined on a finite-dimensional real vector space so that its induced unit ball be equal to the unit ball of the dual (polar) norm is the Euclidean norm. Motivated by these results and by relatively recent results in convex analysis and convex geometry regarding various properties of order reversing operators, we consider, in a real Hilbert space setting, a more general fixed point equation in which the polarity operator is composed with a continuous invertible linear operator. We show that if the linear operator is positive definite, then the considered equation is uniquely solvable by an ellipsoid. Otherwise, the equation can have several (possibly infinitely many) solutions or no solution at all. Our analysis yields a few by-products of possibly independent interest, among them results related to positive definite operators, to coercive bilinear forms and hence to partial differential equations, to infinite- dimensional convex geometry, and to a new class of linear operators (semi-skew operators) which is introduced here. This is joint work with Simeon Reich.