## Abstract

We prove several theorems concerning the representation of Hermitian symmetric polynomials as quotients of squared norms of holomorphic polynomial mappings, thus providing complex variables analogues of Hilbert's seventeenth problem. We consider the space of Hermitian symmetric polynomials R on C ^{n} of degree at most d in z, with the Euclidean topology on the space of coefficients. We compare the collections of nonnegative polynomials P _{d} and quotients of squared norms Q_{d}. We prove, for d ≥ 2, that Q_{d} strictly contains the interior of P_{d} and is strictly contained in P_{d}. We provide a tractable precise description of Q_{d} in one dimension. We also give a necessary and sufficient condition in general in terms of F and G in the holomorphic decomposition R = ||F||^{2} - ||G||^{2}. We provide many surprising examples and counterexamples and briefly discuss some applications.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 609-627 |

Number of pages | 19 |

Journal | International Journal of Mathematics |

Volume | 16 |

Issue number | 6 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jul 1 2005 |

## Keywords

- Hermitian symmetric polynomials
- Holomorphic line bundles
- Positivity conditions
- Quotients of squared norms

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)