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postgraduate thesis: Zero distribution of polynomials and polynomial systems
Title  Zero distribution of polynomials and polynomial systems 

Authors  
Advisors  Advisor(s):Ng, TW 
Issue Date  2014 
Publisher  The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) 
Citation  Cheung, P. [張伯亮]. (2014). Zero distribution of polynomials and polynomial systems. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5312340 
Abstract  The new framework of random polynomials developed by R. Pemantle, I. Rivin and the late O. Schramm has been studied in this thesis. The strong PemantleRivin conjecture asks whether for random polynomials with independent and identically distributed zeros with a common probability distribution μon the complex plane, the empirical measures of their critical points would converge weakly to μ almost surely. This convergence question has connection with geometry of polynomials. S. D. Subramanian confirmed the conjecture whenμis a nonuniform distribution supported in the unit circle ∂D.
In this thesis, the conjecture has been extended to considering not only the critical points of the random polynomials, but also the zeros of their higher order, polar and Sz.Nagy's generalized derivatives. The case thatμ(uniform or not) is supported in ∂D has been studied, where the derivative of each order has been proved to satisfy the conjecture. Subramanian's work has thereby been completed plus generalization. The same almost sure weak convergence has also been shown for polar and Sz.Nagy's generalized derivatives, under some mild conditions. In particular, the result on polar derivative is the crux of filling up Subramanian's missing case of uniform μ.
Meanwhile, the original Pemantle{Rivin conjecture asks about convergence in probability instead of the aforesaid stronger almost sure convergence. Z. Kabluchko fully solved this conjecture. In this thesis, his methodologies have been adapted to prove the analogous conjecture for random finite Blaschke products.
More precisely, for random finite Blaschke products with independent and identically distributed zeros with a common probability distributionμon the unit disc, the empirical measures of their critical points have been shown to converge weakly toμin probability. Consequently, this work contributes the very first probabilistic result to T. W. Ng and C. Y. Tsang's polynomialfiniteBlaschkeproduct dictionary.
While the above works address probabilistic problems about zero distribution of polynomials and finite Blaschke products (regarded as noneuclidean polynomials by J. L. Walsh), the other part of this thesis is an application of the BKK theory in deterministic polynomial systems.
The numbers of various configurations for vortex dynamics in an ideal plane fluid without background flow had been investigated by many researchers for decades. In this thesis, fixed equilibria have been studied in the presence of a steady, incompressible and irrotational background flow. A more physically significant definition of a fixed equilibrium configuration has been suggested. Under this new definition, an attainable generic upper bound for their number has been found (in terms of the degree of the nonconstant polynomial that determines the background flow and of the sizes of vortex species).
Our result is established by transforming the rational function system arisen from fixed equilibria into a polynomial system, whose form is good enough to apply the aforesaid BKK theory (named after D. N. Bernshtein, A. G. Khovanskii and A. G. Kushnirenko) to show the finiteness of its number of solutions. Having this finiteness, the required bound follows from Bézout's theorem. 
Degree  Doctor of Philosophy 
Subject  Polynomials 
Dept/Program  Mathematics 
Persistent Identifier  http://hdl.handle.net/10722/206332 
DC Field  Value  Language 

dc.contributor.advisor  Ng, TW   
dc.contributor.author  Cheung, Pakleong   
dc.contributor.author  張伯亮   
dc.date.accessioned  20141023T23:14:27Z   
dc.date.available  20141023T23:14:27Z   
dc.date.issued  2014   
dc.identifier.citation  Cheung, P. [張伯亮]. (2014). Zero distribution of polynomials and polynomial systems. (Thesis). University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong SAR. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b5312340   
dc.identifier.uri  http://hdl.handle.net/10722/206332   
dc.description.abstract  The new framework of random polynomials developed by R. Pemantle, I. Rivin and the late O. Schramm has been studied in this thesis. The strong PemantleRivin conjecture asks whether for random polynomials with independent and identically distributed zeros with a common probability distribution μon the complex plane, the empirical measures of their critical points would converge weakly to μ almost surely. This convergence question has connection with geometry of polynomials. S. D. Subramanian confirmed the conjecture whenμis a nonuniform distribution supported in the unit circle ∂D. In this thesis, the conjecture has been extended to considering not only the critical points of the random polynomials, but also the zeros of their higher order, polar and Sz.Nagy's generalized derivatives. The case thatμ(uniform or not) is supported in ∂D has been studied, where the derivative of each order has been proved to satisfy the conjecture. Subramanian's work has thereby been completed plus generalization. The same almost sure weak convergence has also been shown for polar and Sz.Nagy's generalized derivatives, under some mild conditions. In particular, the result on polar derivative is the crux of filling up Subramanian's missing case of uniform μ. Meanwhile, the original Pemantle{Rivin conjecture asks about convergence in probability instead of the aforesaid stronger almost sure convergence. Z. Kabluchko fully solved this conjecture. In this thesis, his methodologies have been adapted to prove the analogous conjecture for random finite Blaschke products. More precisely, for random finite Blaschke products with independent and identically distributed zeros with a common probability distributionμon the unit disc, the empirical measures of their critical points have been shown to converge weakly toμin probability. Consequently, this work contributes the very first probabilistic result to T. W. Ng and C. Y. Tsang's polynomialfiniteBlaschkeproduct dictionary. While the above works address probabilistic problems about zero distribution of polynomials and finite Blaschke products (regarded as noneuclidean polynomials by J. L. Walsh), the other part of this thesis is an application of the BKK theory in deterministic polynomial systems. The numbers of various configurations for vortex dynamics in an ideal plane fluid without background flow had been investigated by many researchers for decades. In this thesis, fixed equilibria have been studied in the presence of a steady, incompressible and irrotational background flow. A more physically significant definition of a fixed equilibrium configuration has been suggested. Under this new definition, an attainable generic upper bound for their number has been found (in terms of the degree of the nonconstant polynomial that determines the background flow and of the sizes of vortex species). Our result is established by transforming the rational function system arisen from fixed equilibria into a polynomial system, whose form is good enough to apply the aforesaid BKK theory (named after D. N. Bernshtein, A. G. Khovanskii and A. G. Kushnirenko) to show the finiteness of its number of solutions. Having this finiteness, the required bound follows from Bézout's theorem.   
dc.language  eng   
dc.publisher  The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)   
dc.relation.ispartof  HKU Theses Online (HKUTO)   
dc.rights  Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License   
dc.rights  The author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.   
dc.subject.lcsh  Polynomials   
dc.title  Zero distribution of polynomials and polynomial systems   
dc.type  PG_Thesis   
dc.identifier.hkul  b5312340   
dc.description.thesisname  Doctor of Philosophy   
dc.description.thesislevel  Doctoral   
dc.description.thesisdiscipline  Mathematics   
dc.description.nature  published_or_final_version   
dc.identifier.doi  10.5353/th_b5312340   