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Calogero-Sutherland model is algebraically integrable for integer values of the pa-

rameters. Generalization of this result to Macdonald operators is due to P. Etingof

and K. Styrkas

[ES].

A. Sergeev discovered the relation of the super Jack polyno-

mials introduced in [KOO] with the deformed quantum Calogero-Moser systems

and Lie superalgebras

[Ser].

Further generalizations including the difference case

and super Macdonald polynomials have been investigated by A. Sergeev and A.

Veselov (to appear in this volume) who have shown that these polynomials are the

joint eigenfunctions of certain difference operators on algebraic varieties.

P. Etingof

and A.A. Kirillov, Jr. have shown in [EKl], [EK2] how Macdonald

polynomials for the root system of type An could be interpreted in terms of the

representation theory of quantum groups. Namely, Macdonald polynomials arise as

traces of certain natural intertwining operators, which generalizes the description

of Schur functions as traces of irreducible SLn-modules. This leads, in particular,

to elegant proofs of various Macdonald polynomials identities, such as inner prod-

uct and symmetry identities. It also, in the affine case, leads to natural elliptic

extensions of Macdonald theory.

Asymptotic properties of Macdonald polynomials were investigated by G. 01-

shanski, in collaboration with S. Kerov and A. Okounkov. In particular, the analog

of the Vershik-Kerov asymptotics for the characters of the symmetric and unitary

groups for the case of Jack polynomials were obtained in [KOO] and [002], respec-

tively. Remarkably, the same type of asymptotics continues to hold, with minimal

and very natural modifications. Recently, J .F. van Diejen suggested a general ap-

proach to deriving asymptotics of a class of multivariate orthogonal polynomials as

the degree tends to infinity and applied it to Jack polynomials.

Another connection between interpolation and Macdonald polynomials arose

recently in the work ofT. Miwa and his collaborators. In [F JMMl] and [F JMM2]

they showed, that certain ideals in the algebra of symmetric functions which are

of interests in the representation theory of affine Lie algebras have a linear basis of

Macdonald polynomials.

V.B. Kuznetsov, V.V. Mangazeev and E.K. Sklyanin have recently completed

the long-standing task of factorizing Jack polynomials [KS, KMS] by advancing

the theories of separation of variables and Backlund transformations for quantum

integrable systems.

The French group based mainly in Marne-la-Vallee have over the years made

considerable contributions to algebraic combinatorics in general and to Macdonald

polynomials

[LLT], [LT]

in particular.

Elementary proofs of Macdonald conjectures are by now available for the clas-

sical root systems, see [M2] for the An-case and [R] for the general BCn-case. In

recent work (math.QA/0309252) E. Rains constructed a family of elliptic biorthog-

onal functions generalizing the Koornwinder polynomials.

R. Gustafson has discovered a method of evaluating many important hyper-

geometric integrals

[Gus]

which are intimately connected to Jack and Macdonald

polynomials.

In the joint work with M. Lassalle

[LS],

M. Schlosser recently presented an

explicit analytic formula for Macdonald polynomials. This was obtained from a re-

cursion for Macdonald polynomials being derived from inverting the Pieri formula.

M. Lassalle gave an elementary proof of the expansion formula for Macdonald poly-

nomials in terms of 'modified complete' symmetric functions.

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