Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers No. 618
In this paper we construct the smallest semigroup S that dominates a given family of linear Feller semigroups. The semigroup S will be referred to as the semigroup envelope or Nisio semigroup. In a second step we investigate strong continuity properties of the semigroup envelope and show that it is a viscosity solution to a nonlinear abstract Cauchy problem. We derive a condition for the existence of a Markov process under a nonlinear expectation for the case where the state space of the Feller processes is locally compact. The procedure is then applied to numerous examples, in particular nonlinear PDEs that arise from control problems for infinite dimensional Ornstein-Uhlenbeck processes and infinite dimensional Lévy processes.