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Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
\(D\)-modules and Microlocal Calculus
Masaki Kashiwara, RIMS, Kyoto University, Japan

Translations of Mathematical Monographs
Iwanami Series in Modern Mathematics
2003; 254 pp; softcover
Volume: 217
ISBN-10: 0-8218-2766-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-2766-6
List Price: US$66
Member Price: US$52.80
Order Code: MMONO/217
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Masaki Kashiwara is undoubtedly one of the masters of the theory of \(D\)-modules, and he has created a good, accessible entry point to the subject. The theory of \(D\)-modules is a very powerful point of view, bringing ideas from algebra and algebraic geometry to the analysis of systems of differential equations. It is often used in conjunction with microlocal analysis, as some of the important theorems are best stated or proved using these techniques. The theory has been used very successfully in applications to representation theory.

Here, there is an emphasis on \(b\)-functions. These show up in various contexts: number theory, analysis, representation theory, and the geometry and invariants of prehomogeneous vector spaces. Some of the most important results on \(b\)-functions were obtained by Kashiwara.

A hot topic from the mid `70s to mid `80s, it has now moved a bit more into the mainstream. Graduate students and research mathematicians will find that working on the subject in the two-decade interval has given Kashiwara a very good perspective for presenting the topic to the general mathematical public.


Graduate students and research mathematicians.

Table of Contents

  • Basic properties of \(D\)-modules
  • Characteristic varieties
  • Construction of \(D\)-modules
  • Functorial properties of \(D\)-modules
  • Regular holonomic systems
  • \(b\)-functions
  • Ring of formal microdifferential operators
  • Microlocal analysis of holonomic systems
  • Microlocal calculus of \(b\)-functions
  • Appendix
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Index of notations
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