SPECTRAL UNIQUENESS OF BI-INVARIANT METRICS ON SYMPLECTIC GROUPS
In this short note, we prove that a bi-invariant Riemannian metric on Sp(n) is uniquely determined by the spectrum of its Laplace–Beltrami operator within the class of left-invariant metrics on Sp(n). In other words, on any of these compact simple Lie groups, every left-invariant metric which is not right-invariant cannot be isospectral to a bi-invariant metric. The proof is elementary and uses a very strong spectral obstruction proved by Gordon, Schueth and Sutton.
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