1998 seminars

Johannes Aastrup, Copenhagen University
To be announced

Carlos Florentino, Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Carlos Florentino, Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Pedro Castelo Ferreira, University of Sussex e Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Roger Picken, Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Roger Picken, Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Marco Mackaay, Universidade do Algarve
To be announced

Jorge Drumond Silva, Instituto Superior Técnico
To be announced

Using ideas from the Weyl quantization, we show how the classical theorem by Y. Egorov, on conjugation of pseudo-differential operators by Fourier integral operators, can have its accuracy increased.

References

  1. G. Folland, Harmonic Analysis in Phase Space, Princeton University Press.
  2. J. Duistermaat, Fourier Integral Operators, Birkhauser.
  3. L. Hormander, The Analysis of Linear Partial Differential Operators, Vol. III, IV, Springer-Verlag.

Marco Mackaay, Universidade do Algarve
The coadjoint orbits of SL(2,C) - II

In my talks (17/10 and 14/11) I will sketch the construction of the principal series of unitary representations of SL(2,C) and the coadjoint orbits they correspond to. I will also try to explain the geometric quantization of these orbits and show that the infinitesimal representations thus obtained are indeed the ones corresponding to the principal series. If there is any time left I might say something about the Kirillov character formula for SL(2,C).

References

  1. I.M. Gelfand, R.A. Minlos, Z.Ya. Shapiro, Representations of the rotation and Lorentz groups and their applications, Pergamon Press, 1963.
  2. A. Kirillov, Elements of representation theory, Springer.
  3. G.W. Mackey, Induced representations of locally compact groups I, Ann. Math. 55(1):101-139, 1952.

Ana Bela Cruzeiro, Instituto Superior Técnico
Differential geometry on the path space and applications

When trying to construct a Riemannian geometry on the path space of a Riemannian manifold several approaches could be thought about. The local chart approach, considering the path space as an infinite dimensional manifold and the basic tangent space the Cameron-Martin Hilbert space, leads to the study of the so-called Wiener-Riemann manifolds. Several difficulties appear in this study, namely the difficulty of finding an atlas such that the change of charts is compatible with the probabilistic structure (preserves the class of Wiener measures together with the Cameron-Martin type tangent spaces) and the non-availability of an effective computational procedure in the local coordinate system. Indeed, in infinite dimensions, the summation operators of differential geometry become very often divergent series. But the path space is more than a space endowed with a probability: time and the corresponding Itô filtration provide a much richer structure. In particular, the parallel transport over Brownian paths can be naturally defined by a limiting procedure from ODEs to SDEs. The stochastic parallel transport defines a canonical moving frame on the path space: the point of view we have adopted is the one of replacing systematically the machinery of local charts by the method of moving frames (as in Cartan theory). In this way it is possible to transfer geometrical quantities of the path space to the classical Wiener space and use Itô calculus to renormalize the apriori divergent expressions. An effective computational procedure is then achieved, where Stochastic Analysis and Geometry interact, not only on a technical level, but in a deeper way: Stochastic Analysis makes it possible to define geometrical quantities, Geometry implies new results in Stochastic Analysis. An application to assymptotics of the vertical derivatives of the heat kernel associated to the horizontal Laplacian on the frame bundle is discussed.
References
  1. A. B. Cruzeiro and P. Malliavin -"Renormalized differential geometry on path space: structural equation, curvature", J.Funct. Anal. 139 (1996), p. 119 -181.
  2. A. B. Cruzeiro, P. Malliavin and S. Taniguchi - "Ground state estimations in gauge theory", Bull Sci.Math. 125, 6-7 (2001), p. 623-640.

João Baptista, Cambridge University
Vortex dynamics on the sphere

I will first give a brief overview of the Bogomolny equations for vortices, their moduli space of solutions, and the method of geodesic approximation. In the case of N vortices on a sphere of radius R2 >N this moduli space is C PN , but the geodesic method cannot be directly applied, because the solutions of the Bogomolny equations are not known explicitly. I will then try to show how to circumvent this problem in the limit where R2 is close to N.

References

  1. J. M. Baptista and N. S. Manton, The dynamics of vortices on S2 near the Bradlow limit, hep-th/0208001.
  2. T. M. Samols, Vortex Scattering, Commun. Math. Phys. 145, 149 (1992).