Given an integer $n\ge 1$ we say that $f\in C[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$ is **stable** if $f(z_1,\ldots,z_n)\neq 0$ whenever $\text{Im}\ z_i>0$ for all $1\leq i\leq n$.

Stable polynomials with all real coefficients are called **real stable**. We denote the sets of stable, respectively real stable polyonimals in n variables by $H_n(C)$, respectively $H_n(R)$.

Define **the complex Laguerre-Pólya class $\overline{H}_n(C)$** as the class of entire functions in $n$ variables that are limits, uniformly on compact sets, of polynomials in $H_n(C)$. The usual **(real) Laguerre-Pólya class $\overline{H}_n(R)$** consists of all functions in $\overline{H}_n(C)$ with real coefficients.

If $T : R[z_1,\ldots, z_n] \rightarrow R[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$, is a linear operator
we define its transcendental **symbol**, $G_T(z,w)$, to be the
formal power series in $w_1, \ldots, w_n$ with polynomial coefficients in
$R[z_1,\ldots,z_n]$ given by $G_T(z,w) :=\sum_{\alpha \in N^n} (-1)^\alpha T(z^\alpha)
\frac {w^\alpha}{\alpha!}.$

A (Weyl algebra) **finite order linear partial differential
operator** with
polynomial coefficients is an operator
$T: R[z_1,\ldots, z_n] \rightarrow R[z_1,\ldots, z_n]$of the form
$T= \sum_{\alpha \leq \beta} Q_\alpha(z) \frac{\partial^\alpha}{\partial z^\alpha}$, where $\beta \in N^n$ and $Q_\alpha\in R[z_1,\ldots, z_n]$, $\alpha\le \beta$.

The followings are two theorems obtained by **J.Borcea** and **P. Brändén**.

*Theorem 1.* Let $T : R[z_1,\ldots, z_n] \rightarrow R[z_1,\ldots, z_n]$ be a linear
operator. Then $T$ preserves real stability if and only if either

(a) $T$ has at most $2$-dimensional range and is given by $T(f) = \alpha(f)P + \beta(f)Q,$ where $\alpha, \beta$ are real linear forms on $R[z_1,\ldots, z_n]$ and $P,Q\in H_n(R)$ are such that $P + iQ\in H_n(C)$, or

(b) Either $G_T(z,w)\in \overline{H}_{2n}(R)$ or $G_T(z,-w)\in \overline{H}_{2n}(R)$.

*Theorem 2.* Let $T: R[z_1,\ldots, z_n] \rightarrow R[z_1,\ldots, z_n]$ be a finite order linear partial differential operator and set
$F(z,w) = \sum_{\alpha \leq \beta} Q_\alpha(z)w^\alpha \in R[z_1,\ldots z_n, w_1,\ldots, w_n]. $
Then

$T$ preserves real stability if and only if $F(z,-w)$ is real stable.

Question:

A finite order linear partial differential operator is obviously a linear operator and $G_T(z,w)=exp(-z > w)F(z,-w)$, $G_T(z,-w)=exp(z > w)F(z,w)$.

So, if $F(z,w)$ is real stable, does $T$ preserve real stability ? From Theorem 1, it seems that the answer is ture. However, the following counterexample denies it. Let $T: R[z] > \rightarrow R[z]$ be $z+ \frac{d}{d > z}$, then $G_T(z,-w)=exp(z w)F(z,w)$, thus by Theorem 1, $T$ should preserve real stability. But $T(z)=z^2+1$ is not real stable. I am utterly confused by this.

References

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