Some basic observations lead me to ask the following quesiton

Let $A_1, \cdots, A_m$ be $n\times n$ complex matrices. For positive integer $k\ge 1$, show $$\left(\begin{array}{cccc}Tr\{(A_1^*A_1)^k\}&Tr\{(A_1^*A_2)^k\}&\cdots &Tr\{(A_1^*A_m)^k\}\\Tr\{(A_2^*A_1)^k\}&Tr\{(A_2^*A_2)^k\}&\cdots &Tr\{(A_2^*A_m)^k\}\\\cdots&\cdots&\cdots&\cdots\\Tr\{(A_m^*A_1)^k\}&Tr\{(A_m^*A_2)^k\}&\cdots &Tr\{(A_m^*A_m)^k\} \end{array}\right)$$ is positive semidefinite.

**Remark**

1). When $m=2$, it suffices to show $|Tr\{(A_1^*A_2)^k\}|^2\le Tr\{(A_1^*A_1)^k\}\cdot Tr\{(A_2^*A_2)^k\}$, which is a consequence of a unitarily invariant norm inequality appeared in p.81 of X.Zhan, Matrix inequalities, Springer, 2002.

2). It is easy to show $$\left(\begin{array}{cccc}(Tr\{A_1^*A_1\})^k&(Tr\{A_1^*A_2\})^k&\cdots &(Tr\{A_1^*A_m\})^k\\(Tr\{A_2^*A_1\})^k&(Tr\{A_2^*A_2\})^k&\cdots &(Tr\{A_2^*A_m\})^k\\\cdots&\cdots&\cdots&\cdots\\(Tr\{A_m^*A_1\})^k&(Tr\{A_m^*A_2\})^k&\cdots &(Tr\{A_m^*A_m\})^k \end{array}\right)$$ is positive semidefinite, since it is $k$ Hadamard product of a Gram matrix.