Consider the following optimization problem:
Maximize $\|X\|_2$, subject to $X$ being Hermitian (or symmetric) and a bunch of semidefinite constraints on $X$. Here, $\|X\|_2$ is the spectral norm of $X$, i.e., the largest eigenvalue of $X$ by magnitude (since $X$ is Hermitian).
Can this be written as a semidefinite program (SDP)?
Instead of maximizing $\|X\|_2$, if we minimized $\|X\|_2$, then this would be easy. We could add a new variable $t$ and minimize $t$ subject to $\|X\|_2 \leq t$ and the semidefinite constraints on $X$. Finally, $\|X\|_2 \leq t$ can be written as the constraint $-tI \preceq X \preceq tI$, which makes this a valid SDP.
My question is whether this can be done when maximizing $\|X\|_2$.