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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




A nuclear operator T on a Banach space is an operator admitting a representation T = (SIGMA) T(,n) where each operator T(,n) has rank one and (SIGMA) (VERT.BAR)(VERT.BAR)(TAU)(,n)(VBAR)(VBAR) < (INFIN). A. Grothendieck proved that the sequence of eigenvalues, repeated according to their multiplicities, of such a nuclear operator must be square summable and that, in fact, two is the best possible exponent of summability. This work uses operators of diagonal type, i.e., operators which admit a diagonal representation with respect to a biorthogonal system, to construct examples of eigenvalue behavior. In particular we show that all of the known results concerning eigenvalue summability of nuclear operators can be obtained using operators of diagonal type. In Chapter 1, we present the terminology and notation to be used in this work. Chapter 2 gives a summary of results concerning nuclear (trace class) operators on Hilbert space. In Chapter 3, some of the important known results concerning eigenvalue behavior of nuclear operators on general Banach spaces are presented. The convolution operators on L(,p)(0,1), 1 < p < (INFIN), p (NOT=) 2, are diagonal operators since the trigonometric system (e('2(pi)inx)) is a conditional basis of these spaces. In Chapter 4 we use these important operators to exhibit extremal behavior of eigenvalue summability of nuclear operators on the L(,p)-spaces. In Chapter 5, we study nuclear cyclic diagonal operators. If X(,1),... ,X(,n) are sequence spaces, an operator D on (CRPLUS)X(,i) is a cyclic diagonal operator if its restriction to each X(,i) is a diagonal operator into X(,i+1) (if i = n into X(,1)). Certain eigenspaces of these operators have important applications to Banach space theory. Finally, in Chapter 6, we use a recently discovered space of G. Pisier to answer affirmatively a long outstanding question of. Pe l cynski and Saphar which is converse to Grothendieck's result: Given a (nonzero) sequence ((lamda)(,n)) in l(,2), is there a Banach space X and a nuclear operator on X whose eigenvalue sequence is ((lamda)(,n))?