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space of analytic functions of vanishing mean oscillation

The class of analytic functions on the unit disc that are in (see also -space; -space; -space).

Fefferman's duality theorem (see -space) gives the characterization that an analytic function in is in if and only if its boundary values can be expressed as the sum of a continuous function and the harmonic conjugate (cf. also Harmonic function) of a continuous function. This suggests that functions in are close to being continuous, but one has to be careful because their behaviour can be quite wild. For example, it can be show that any conformal mapping onto a region of finite area is in .

D. Sarason [a5] used the fact that is the closure of the disc algebra in to prove that , with the class of continuous functions, is a closed subalgebra of and consequently the simplest example of a Douglas algebra (see -space).

The distance between a function in and has attracted some interest, [a1], [a2], [a4]. Let be an analytic function on the unit disc, a point on the boundary and write for the cluster set . Using an assortment of tools from functional analysis, S. Axler and J. Shapiro [a1] proved that

This led to a search for the optimal geometric condition for the right-hand side above, see [a4] for the answer.


[a1] S. Axler, J. Shapiro, "Putnam's theorem, Alexander's spectral area estimate and VMO" Math. Ann. , 271 (1985) pp. 161–183
[a2] J. Carmona, J. Cufi, "On the distance of an analytic function to VMO" J. London Math. Soc. (2) , 34 (1986) pp. 52–66
[a3] C. Fefferman, "Characterization of bounded mean oscillation" Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. , 77 (1971) pp. 587–588
[a4] K. Stephenson, D. Stegenga, "Sharp geometric estimates of the distance to VMOA" Contemp. Math. , 137 (1992) pp. 421–432
[a5] D. Sarason, "Functions of vanishing mean oscillation" Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. , 207 (1975) pp. 391–405
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