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Generalized translation operators

McGregor, James L. (1954) Generalized translation operators. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology.


A study is made of generalized translation operators of the Delsarte-Levitan-Povzner type. After reviewing the method of associating such operators with linear second order differential equations, an abstract theory is developed with the aim of constructing an L[subscript 1]-convolution algebra. The chief novelty is a device of comparing one family of translation operators with another "known" family. The Plancherel theorem and Bochner's theorem on positive definite functions are derived by the Krein-Godement method of locally compact group theory. An application to the classical Sturm-Liouville problem is discussed.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Major Option:Mathematics
Thesis Committee:
  • Bohnenblust, H.F. (chair)
Defense Date:1 January 1954
Record Number:etd-01152004-101808
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ID Code:184
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Deposited On:16 Jan 2004
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