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Tridiagonal pairs and the Askey–Wilson relations. (English) Zbl 1068.05072
Summary: The notion of a tridiagonal pair was introduced by T. ItĂ´, K. Tanabe and P. Terwilliger [DIAMACS, Ser. Discrete Math. Theor. Comput. Sci. 56, 167–192 (2001; Zbl 0995.05148)]. Let \(V\) denote a nonzero finite-dimensional vector space over a field \({\mathcal F}\). A tridiagonal pair on \(V\) is a pair \((A, A^*)\), where \(A:V\to V\) and \(A^*: V\to V\) are linear transformations that satisfy some conditions. Assume \((A, A^*)\) is a tridiagonal pair on \(V\). Recently P. Terwilliger and R. Vidunas [J. Algebra Appl. 3, 411–426 (2004; Zbl 1062.33018)] showed that if \(A\) is multiplicity-free on \(V\), then \((A, A^*)\) satisfy the following “Askey-Wilson relation” for some scalars \(\beta\), \(\gamma\), \(\gamma^*\), \(\varrho\), \(\varrho^*\), \(\omega\), \(\eta\), \(\eta^*\). \[ \begin{gathered} A^2 A^*-\beta AA^*A+ A^*A^2- \gamma(AA^*+ A^*A)- \varrho A^*= \gamma^* A^2+ \omega A+\eta I,\\ A^{*2}A- \beta A^* AA^*+ AA^{*2}- \gamma^*(A^* A+ AA^*)- \varrho^* A=\gamma A^{*2}+\omega A^*+ \eta^* I.\end{gathered} \] In this paper, we show that, if a tridiagonal pair \((A, A^*)\) satisfy the Askey-Wilson relations, then the eigenspaces of \(A\) and the eigenspaces of \(A^*\) have one common dimension, and moreover if \({\mathcal F}\) is algebraically closed then that common dimension is 1.

MSC:
05E35 Orthogonal polynomials (combinatorics) (MSC2000)
33C45 Orthogonal polynomials and functions of hypergeometric type (Jacobi, Laguerre, Hermite, Askey scheme, etc.)
33D45 Basic orthogonal polynomials and functions (Askey-Wilson polynomials, etc.)
05E30 Association schemes, strongly regular graphs
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