, Volume 148, Issue 2, pp 283-308

The spinor heat kernel in maximally symmetric spaces

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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 coefficienta N−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 onH N and the degeneracies of the Dirac operator onS N is found.

Communicated by S.-T. Yau