Orlicz-Lorentz space

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Lorentz–Orlicz space

There are several definitions of Orlicz–Lorentz spaces known in the literature ([a6], [a11], [a10], [a2]). All of them are generalizations of both Orlicz and Lorentz spaces (cf. Orlicz space; for Lorentz space, see Marcinkiewicz space). The Orlicz–Lorentz space presented below arises naturally as an intermediate space between ordinary Lorentz space and the space of bounded functions in the Calderón–Lozanovskii method of interpolation ([a4]; cf. also Interpolation of operators).

Given a Young function , i.e. a convex function (cf. also Convex function (of a real variable)) such that , the Orlicz–Lorentz space ([a6], [a11]) is the collection of all real-valued Lebesgue-measurable functions on (cf. also Lebesgue integral) such that

for some , where the so-called weight function is positive, non-increasing and such that

and for all ,

Here, denotes the non-increasing rearrangement of , that is,

for , where and is the Lebesgue measure on . The Orlicz–Lorentz space, equipped with the norm

is a Banach function lattice (cf. also Banach lattice; Banach space) with ordering: whenever almost everywhere. If , then the Orlicz–Lorentz space becomes an Orlicz space, and if , , then it becomes a Lorentz space [a9].

Many properties of have been described in terms of growth conditions imposed on and . The most common growth conditions are regularity of the weight and condition of a Young function. It is said that is regular if and a Young function satisfies condition whenever for all and some . The methods applied in the theory of Orlicz–Lorentz spaces are derived from those for both Orlicz and Lorentz spaces.

Some results on isomorphic or isometric properties of are as follows.

1) Condition on is equivalent to the following properties of [a6].

does not contain an isometric copy of .

does not contain an isomorphic copy of .

does not contain an isomorphic copy of .

is separable (cf. also Separable space).

The norm in is absolutely continuous (cf. also Absolute continuity).

2) The function on is called the Young conjugate to (cf. also Conjugate function). The functions and are conjugate to each other and this duality is analogous to the duality between power functions and with and . The dual space can be described in terms of . In fact, if both and satisfy condition and is regular, then is the family of all Lebesgue-measurable functions such that

and the dual norm is equivalent to the quasi-norm . The space is reflexive (cf. also Reflexive space) if and only if both and satisfy condition . Superreflexivity (cf. also Reflexive space) requires, in addition, the assumption of regularity of [a4].

3) A number of geometric properties, like uniform convexity, rotundity, extreme points, local uniform convexity, and normal and uniform normal structure in Orlicz–Lorentz spaces have been characterized in terms of and ([a3], [a4], [a6], [a7], [a8], [a5]). For instance, necessary and sufficient conditions for to be uniformly convex are that both and satisfy , that is regular and that is uniformly convex, i.e. for every , where is the right derivative of (cf. also Differentiation).

Order convexity and concavity as well as Boyd indices in Orlicz–Lorentz spaces have been studied in, e.g., [a10], [a1].

In the definition of Orlicz–Lorentz space one can replace Lebesgue-measurable functions by measurable functions with respect to a -finite measure space. All results stated above remain the same in the case of a non-atomic infinite measure. For other measure spaces, different versions of condition are applied ([a3], [a6], [a8]).


[a1] Y. Raynaud, "On Lorentz–Sharpley spaces" , Proc. Workshop on Interpolation Spaces and Related Topics , Israel Math. Conf. Proc. , 5 (1992) pp. 207–228
[a2] A. Torchinsky, "Interplation of operators and Orlicz classes" Studia Math. , 59 (1976) pp. 177–207
[a3] J. Cerda, H. Hudzik, A. Kamińska, M. Mastyło, "Geometric properties of symmetric spaces with applications to Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" Positivity , 2 (1998) pp. 311–337
[a4] H. Hudzik, A. Kamińska, M. Mastyło, "Geometric properties of some Calderón–Lozanovskii and Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" Houston J. Math. , 22 (1996) pp. 639–663
[a5] A. Kamińska, P.K. Lin, H. Sun, "Uniformly normal structure of Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" , Interaction Between Functional Analysis, Harmonic Analysis, and Probability (Columbia, Missouri, 1994) , Lecture Notes Pure Appl. Math. , 175 , M. Dekker (1996) pp. 229–238
[a6] A. Kamińska, "Some remarks on Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" Math. Nachr. , 147 (1990) pp. 29–38
[a7] A. Kamińska, "Extreme points in Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" Arch. Math. , 55 (1990) pp. 173–180
[a8] A. Kamińska, "Uniform convexity of generalized Lorentz spaces" Arch. Math. , 56 (1991) pp. 181–188
[a9] J. Lindenstrauss, L. Tzafriri, "Classical Banach spaces I–II" , Springer (1977–1979)
[a10] St. Montgomery-Smith, "Boyd indices of Orlicz–Lorentz spaces" , Function Spaces (Edwardsville, IL, 1994) , Lecture Notes Pure Appl. Math. , 172 , M. Dekker (1995) pp. 321–334
[a11] L. Maligranda, "Indices and interpolation" Dissert. Math. , 234 (1985)
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This article was adapted from an original article by Anna Kamińska (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article