Journal d’Analyse Mathématique

, Volume 79, Issue 1, pp 241–298

The spectral projections and the resolvent for scattering metrics

  • Andrew Hassell
  • András Vasy

DOI: 10.1007/BF02788243

Cite this article as:
Hassell, A. & Vasy, A. J. Anal. Math. (1999) 79: 241. doi:10.1007/BF02788243


In this paper, we consider a compact manifold with boundaryX equipped with a scattering metricg as defined by Melrose [9]. That is,g is a Riemannian metric in the interior ofX that can be brought to the formg=x−4 dx2+x−2 h’ near the boundary, wherex is a boundary defining function andh’ is a smooth symmetric 2-cotensor which restricts to a metrich on ϖX. LetH=Δ+V, whereVx2C (X) is real, soV is a ‘short-range’ perturbation of Δ. Melrose and Zworski started a detailed analysis of various operators associated toH in [11] and showed that the scattering matrix ofH is a Fourier integral operator associated to the geodesic flow ofh on ϖX at distance π and that the kernel of the Poisson operator is a Legendre distribution onX×ϖX associated to an intersecting pair with conic points. In this paper, we describe the kernel of the spectral projections and the resolvent,R(σ±i0), on the positive real axis. We define a class of Legendre distributions on certain types of manifolds with corners and show that the kernel of the spectral projection is a Legendre distribution associated to a conic pair on the b-stretched productXb2 (the blowup ofX2 about the corner, (ϖX)2). The structure of the resolvent is only slightly more complicated.

As applications of our results, we show that there are ‘distorted Fourier transforms’ forH, i.e., unitary operators which intertwineH with a multiplication operator and determine the scattering matrix; we also give a scattering wavefront set estimate for the resolventR(σ±i0) applied to a distributionf.

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© The Magnes Press 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Hassell
    • 1
  • András Vasy
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Mathematics and Its ApplicationsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA