arXiv:math/0511138v3 [math.QA] 22 Apr 2007
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS FOR JACOBI-PI˜NEIRO POLYNOMIALS
E. MUKHIN AND A. VARCHENKO
Abstract. For r ∈ Z≥0, we present a Fuchsian linear differential operator of order
r + 1 with three singular points at 0,1,∞. This operator annihilates the r-multiple
Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial.
Let r be a natural number. Consider a Fuchsian differential operator
with singular points at z1,...,zn,∞ and with kernel consisting of polynomials only. An
interest to such operators had arisen recently in relation with the Bethe ansatz method
in the Gaudin model, where such operators were used to construct eigenvectors of the
Gaudin Hamiltonians, see [ScV], [MV1]-[MV3], [MTV1], [MTV2].
In the Gaudin model, one considers the tensor product M = M1⊗ ··· ⊗ Mnof finite
dimensional irreducible glr+1-modules, located respectively at z1,...,zn. The module
Ms, sitting at zs, is determined by the exponents of D at zs. One constructs r + 1 one-
parameter families of commuting linear operators Hi(x) : M → M, i = 1,...,r+1, acting
on M and called the Gaudin Hamiltonians. The problem is to construct eigenvectors and
eigenvalues of the Gaudin Hamiltonians.
It turns out, that having the kernel of the differential operator D, i.e. the r + 1-
dimensional vector space of polynomials, one constructs (under certain conditions) an
eigenvector vD ∈ M of the Gaudin Hamiltonians with corresponding eigenvalues being
the coefficients of D,
Hi(x)vD = ci(x)vD,i = 1,...,r + 1 .
The Bethe ansatz idea is to construct all eigenvectors of the Gaudin Hamiltonians by
choosing different operators D with the same singular points and exponents.
This philosophy motivates the detailed study of Fuchsian operators with prescribed
singular points, exponents, and polynomial kernels.
The important model case is the study of operators with three singular points 0,1,∞.
The operators with special exponents 0,k + 1,k + 2,...,k + r at x = 1 and arbitrary
exponents at x = 0,∞ were studied in [MV2]. It was discovered in [MV2] that the kernel
Research of A.V. is supported in part by NSF grant DMS-0244579.
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of such a differential operator consists of Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomials, a special type of
multiple orthogonal polynomials, see Lemma 4.4 in [MV2].
This appearance of orthogonal polynomials in the Bethe ansatz constructions helped
us in [MV2] study eigenvectors of the Gaudin Hamiltonians.
In this short paper, we give an example of a reverse implication, namely, that the Bethe
ansatz considerations may be useful in studying orthogonal polynomials. We construct
a Fuchsian differential operator with singular points at 0,1,∞ annihilating the Jacobi-
Pi˜ neiro polynomial, see the precise statement and the discussion of the result in Section
5. Such an operator can be used in studying the Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomials.
We thank referees for helping to improve the exposition.
2. Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomials
Let l1,...,lrbe integers such that l1≥ ··· ≥ lr≥ 0. Let m1,...,mrand k be negative
real numbers. We use the notation m = (m1,...,mr), l = (l1,...,lr).
The Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial [P] is the unique monic polynomial of degree l1whose
coefficients are rational functions of m,l,k and which is orthogonal to functions
with respect to the scalar product given by
f(x)g(x)(x − 1)−k−1x−m1−1dx.
We denote the Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial by Pm,l,k(x).
If l2 = l3= ··· = lr = 0, then the Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial is the classical Jacobi
(x) on interval [0,1] with l = l1, α = −k − 1, β = −m1− 1.
The Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial may be given by the Rodrigues-type formula, see [ABV]:
P(m,l,k) = c(x − 1)k+1x
where c is a nonzero constant.
The coefficients of the Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomial Pm,l,k(x) are rational functions of
m,l,k and therefore the polynomial Pm,l,k(x) is well defined for almost all complex
?xl1−l2−m1−1(x − 1)l1−k−1?,
3. Spaces of polynomials the first and second type
We describe remarkable spaces of polynomials which contain Jacobi-Pi˜ neiro polynomi-
als. See [MV2] for the relation of these spaces to the Bethe Ansatz method.
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However, the characteristic equations for exponents of Dm,l,kat x = 0,1,∞ do not de-
termine the coefficients of Dm,l,k. The triviality of the monodromy of Dm,l,kis essential
for the uniqueness of the operator Dm,l,k, in contrast with the situation for the operator
equations for exponents of D∨
m,l,k, where the uniqueness of the operator D∨
m,l,kis determined by the characteristic
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E.M.: Department of Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University - Purdue University
Indianapolis, 402 North Blackford St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3216, USA,
A.V.: Department of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3250, USA, firstname.lastname@example.org