Quaternions, Spinors, and Surfaces
About this Title
George Kamberov, Peter Norman, Franz Pedit and Ulrich Pinkall
Many problems in pure and applied mathematics boil down to determining the shape of a surface in space or constructing surfaces with prescribed geometric properties. These problems range from classical problems in geometry, elasticity, and capillarity to problems in computer vision, medical imaging, and graphics. There has been a sustained effort to understand these questions, but many problems remain open or only partially solved.
This book describes how to use quaternions and spinors to study conformal immersions of Riemann surfaces into $\Bbb R^3$. The first part develops the necessary quaternionic calculus on surfaces, its application to surface theory and the study of conformal immersions and spinor transforms. The integrability conditions for spinor transforms lead naturally to Dirac spinors and their application to conformal immersions. The second part presents a complete spinor calculus on a Riemann surface, the definition of a conformal Dirac operator, and a generalized Weierstrass representation valid for all surfaces. This theory is used to investigate first, to what extent a surface is determined by its tangent plane distribution, and second, to what extent curvature determines the shape.
The book is geared toward graduate students and researchers interested in differential geometry and geometric analysis and their applications in computer vision and computer graphics.
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry and geometric analysis and its applications, computer science, computer vision, and computer graphics.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 3. Spinor Algebra
- Chapter 4. Dirac Spinors and Conformal Immersions
- Glossary of Symbols