The Trace Formula for the Heat Semigroup with Polynomial Potential

  • Sergio Albeverio
  • Sonia Mazzucchi
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Probability book series (PRPR, volume 63)


We consider the heat semigroup \(e^{-\frac{t}{\hbar}H}, t > 0,\,\, {\rm on}\,\, \mathbb{R}^d\) with generator H corresponding to a potential growing polynomially at infinity. Its trace for positive times is represented as an analytically continued infinite-dimensional oscillatory integral. The asymptotics in the small parameter _ is exhibited by using Laplace’s method in infinite dimensions in the case of a degenerate phase (this corresponds to the limit from quantum mechanics to classical mechanics, in a situation where the Euclidean action functional has a degenerate critical point).


Heat kernels polynomial potential infinite-dimensional oscillatory integrals Laplace method degenerate phase asymptotics semiclassical limit 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergio Albeverio
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Sonia Mazzucchi
    • 2
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte MathematikHCM, SFB 611, BiBoS, IZKSBonnGermany
  2. 2.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di TrentoPovo-TrentoItalia
  3. 3.CerfimLocarnoSwitzerland
  4. 4.Acc. Arch. (USI)MendrisioSwitzerland
  5. 5.Institut für Angewandte MathematikHCMBonnGermany
  6. 6.Alexander von Humboldt fellowBonnGermany

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