Communications in Mathematical Physics

, Volume 148, Issue 2, pp 283–308

The spinor heat kernel in maximally symmetric spaces


  • Roberto Camporesi
    • Theoretical Physics Institute, Department of PhysicsUniversity of Alberta

DOI: 10.1007/BF02100862

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Camporesi, R. Commun.Math. Phys. (1992) 148: 283. doi:10.1007/BF02100862


The heat kernelK(x, x′, t) of the iterated Dirac operator on anN-dimensional simply connected maximally symmetric Riemannian manifold is calculated. On the odd-dimesional hyperbolic spacesK is a Minakshisundaram-DeWitt expansion which terminates to the coefficientaN−1)/2 and is exact. On the odd spheres the heat kernel may be written as an image sum of WKB kernels, each term corresponding to a classical path (geodesic). In the even dimensional case the WKB approximation is not exact, but a closed form ofK is derived both in terms of (spherical) eigenfunctions and of a “sum over classical paths.” The spinor Plancherel measure μ(λ) and ζ function in the hyperbolic case are also calculated. A simple relation between the analytic structure of μ onHN and the degeneracies of the Dirac operator onSN is found.

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