A quantization of the harmonic analysis on the infinite-dimensional unitary group
The present work stemmed from the study of the problem of harmonic analysis on the infinite-dimensional unitary group U(∞). That problem consisted in the decomposition of a certain 4-parameter family of unitary representations, which replace the nonexisting two-sided regular representation (Olshanski ). The required decomposition is governed by certain probability measures on an infinite-dimensional space Ω, which is a dual object to U(∞). A way to describe those measures is to convert them into determinantal point processes on the real line; it turned out that their correlation kernels are computable in explicit form - they admit a closed expression in terms of the Gauss hypergeometric function F12 (Borodin and Olshanski ).In the present work we describe a (nonevident) q-discretization of the whole construction. This leads us to a new family of determinantal point processes. We reveal its connection with an exotic finite system of q-discrete orthogonal polynomials - the so-called pseudo big q-Jacobi polynomials. The new point processes live on a double q-lattice and we show that their correlation kernels are expressed through the basic hypergeometric function ϕ12.A crucial novel ingredient of our approach is an extended version G of the Gelfand-Tsetlin graph (the conventional graph describes the Gelfand-Tsetlin branching rule for irreducible representations of unitary groups). We find the q-boundary of G, thus extending previously known results (Gorin ). © 2015 Elsevier Inc.