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Theta correspondence θ over ℝ is established by Howe (J. Amer. Math. Soc. 2 (1989) 535). In He (J. Funct. Anal. 199 (2003) 92), we prove that θ preserves unitarity under certain restrictions, generalizing the result of Li (Invent. Math. 97 (1989) 237). The goal of this paper is to elucidate the idea of constructing unitary representation through the propagation of theta correspondences. We show that under a natural condition on the sizes of the related dual pairs which can be predicted by the orbit method (J. Algebra 190 (1997) 518; Representation Theory of Lie Groups, Park City, 1998, pp. 179-238; The Orbit Correspondence for real and complex reductive dual pairs, preprint, 2001), one can compose theta correspondences to obtain unitary representations. We call this process quantum induction. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Advances in Mathematics

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