Methods and Applications of Analysis

Volume 14 (2007)

Number 4

Multidimensional Hahn polynomials, intertwining functions on the symmetric group and Clebsch-Gordon coefficients

Pages: 355 – 386



Fabio Scarabotti


We generalize a construction of Dunkl, obtaining a wide class intertwining functions on the symmetric group Sn and a related family of multidimensional Hahn polynomials. Following a suggestion of Vilenkin and Klimyk, we develop a tree-method approach for those intertwining functions. Moreover, using our theory of $S_n$-intertwining functions and James version of the Schur- Weyl duality, we give a proof of the relation between Hahn polynomials and $SU(2)$ Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, previously obtained by Koornwinder and by Nikiforov, Smorodinskiĭ and Suslov in the $SU(2)$-setting. Such relation is also extended to the multidimensional case.


Hahn polynomials; intertwining functions; tree method; symmetric group; special unitary group; Clebsch-Gordan coefficients; $3nj$-coefficients

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 33C80. Secondary 20C30, 33C45, 33C50, 81R05.

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