
Journal of Convex Analysis 16 (2009), No. 3, 881890 Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2009 A New Old Class of Maximal Monotone Operators Maicon Marques Alves Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Estrada Dona Castorina 110, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460320, Brazil maicon@impa.br Benar Fux Svaiter Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada, Estrada Dona Castorina 110, Jardim Botânico, Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460320, Brazil benar@impa.br In a recent paper ["BrøndstedRockafellar property and maximality of monotone operators representable by convex functions in nonreflexive Banach spaces", J. Convex Analysis 15(4) (2008) 693706] the authors studied a class of maximal monotone operators, characterized by the existence of a function in Fitzpatrick's family of the operator which conjugate is above the duality product. This property was used to prove that such operators satisfies a strict version of the BrøndstedRockafellar property. In this work we will prove that if a single Fitzpatrick function of a maximal monotone operator has a conjugate above the duality product, then all Fitzpatrick function of the operator have a conjugate above the duality product. As a consequence, the family of maximal monotone operators with this property is just the class NI, previously defined and studied by Simons. We will also prove that an auxiliary condition used by the authors to prove the strict BrøndstedRockafellar property is equivalent to the assumption of the conjugate of the Fitzpatrick function to majorize the duality product. Keywords: Maximal monotone operators, BroendstedRockafellar property, nonreflexive Banach spaces, Fitzpatrick functions. MSC: 47H05, 49J52, 47N10 [ Fulltextpdf (123 KB)] for subscribers only. 