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Transfer Operators, Endomorphisms, and Measurable Partitions

  • Provides a systematic and accessible treatment of results on measurable partitions

  • Presents a new point of view: From the spectral theory of transfer operators and universal Hilbert space, to new interconnections between dynamical systems, and their use in multiresolution analysis

  • Numerous explicit examples make direct links between the theory and a multitude of diverse applications


Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2217)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 1-12
  3. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 13-21
  4. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 23-38
  5. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 39-58
  6. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 59-76
  7. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 77-83
  8. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 85-92
  9. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 93-104
  10. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 105-111
  11. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 113-117
  12. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 119-132
  13. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 133-142
  14. Sergey Bezuglyi, Palle E. T. Jorgensen
    Pages 143-149
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 151-162

About this book


The subject of this book stands at the crossroads of ergodic theory and measurable dynamics. With an emphasis on irreversible systems, the text presents a framework of multi-resolutions tailored for the study of endomorphisms, beginning with a systematic look at the latter. This entails a whole new set of tools, often quite different from those used for the “easier” and well-documented case of automorphisms. Among them is the construction of a family of positive operators (transfer operators), arising naturally as a dual picture to that of endomorphisms. The setting (close to one initiated by S. Karlin in the context of stochastic processes) is motivated by a number of recent applications, including wavelets, multi-resolution analyses, dissipative dynamical systems, and quantum theory.
     The automorphism-endomorphism relationship has parallels in operator theory, where the distinction is between unitary operators in Hilbert space and more general classes of operators such as contractions. There is also a non-commutative version: While the study of automorphisms of von Neumann algebras dates back to von Neumann, the systematic study of their endomorphisms is more recent; together with the results in the main text, the book includes a review of recent related research papers, some by the co-authors and their collaborators.


Endomorphisms of Measure Spaces Transfer Operators Invariant Measures Measurable Partitions Harmonic Functions

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA

About the authors

Palle Jorgensen is a Professor of mathematics at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA; previously he taught at Stanford University, at Aarhus University (Denmark), and at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a research mathematician, funded over his career, in part, by the USA Natl. Sci. Foundation (NSF), and by bi-national research grants, most recently BSF (USA-Israel). He has had 27 PhD students. His research papers have appeared in international scientific journals – in mathematics, both pure and applied; including multiple areas: operator algebras, harmonic analysis, stochastic analysis, signal/image processing, and in mathematical physics (quantum theory). His recent research is focused on wavelet theory, dynamical systems, Gaussian processes, subdivision algorithms, spectral-tile duality, scaling and fractals. He has more than 280 published research papers, and is the author of eight books and research monographs.

Sergey Bezuglyi works at the University of Iowa since 2016.He taught also in the Washington University, Ohio State University, and University of Oregon. Most of his research was conducted at the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine when he was a Leading Researcher at the Institute for Low Temperature Physics in Kharkiv. His areas of interest in pure mathematics are ergodic theory, topological dynamics, operator algebras, functional analysis, and theory of operators. 

His research was funded by national and international grants. Sergey Bezuglyi was awarded by the State Prize of Ukrainein 2010 for achievements in the theory of dynamical system.

Bibliographic information


“This monograph is a good modern source on the theory of transfer operators. The book is addressed to researchers of the dynamical systems theory, as well as to mathematicians from related fields.” (Ivan Podvigin, zbMath 1416.37002, 2019)