Consider the following optimization problem: Maximize $||X||$, subject to $X$ being Hermitian (or symmetric, if you prefer) and a bunch of semidefinite constraints on $X$. I want to know if this can be written as a semidefinite program (SDP). Here, $||X||$ is the spectral norm of $X$, which is just the largest eigenvalue of $X$ by magnitude since $X$ is Hermitian.

Instead of maximize $||X||$, if we had minimize $||X||$, then this would be easy. We could add a new variable $t$ and minimize $t$ subject to $||X|| \leq t$ and the semidefinite constraints on $X$. Finally, $||X|| \leq t$ 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 for max $||X||$.