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Infinitesimal Isospectral Deformations of the Grassmannian of 3-Planes in \(\mathbb{R}^6\)
Jacques Gasqui, Université Joseph Fourier, Saint-Martin d'Heres, France, and Hubert Goldschmidt, Columbia University, New York, NY
A publication of the Société Mathématique de France.
Mémoires de la Société Mathématique de France
2007; 92 pp; softcover
Number: 108
ISBN-10: 2-85629-232-1
ISBN-13: 978-2-85629-232-7
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The authors study the real Grassmannian \(G^\mathbb{R}_{n,n}\) of \(n\)-planes in \(\mathbb{R}^{2n}\), with \(n\ge 3\), and its reduced space. The latter is the irreducible symmetric space \(\bar G^\mathbb{R}_{n,n}\), which is the quotient of the space \(G^\mathbb{R}_{n,n}\) under the action of its isometry which sends a \(n\)-plane} into its orthogonal complement. One of the main results of this monograph asserts that the irreducible symmetric space \(\bar G^\mathbb{R}_{3,3}\) possesses non-trivial infinitesimal isospectral deformations; it provides the first example of an irreducible reduced symmetric space which admits such deformations. The authors also give a criterion for the exactness of a form of degree one on \(\bar G^\mathbb{R}_{n,n}\) in terms of a Radon transform.

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Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in analysis.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Symmetric spaces of compact type and the Guillemin condition
  • Invariant symmetric forms on symmetric spaces
  • The real Grassmannians
  • The Stiefel manifolds and the real Grassmannians
  • Functions and forms of degree one on the real Grassmannians
  • Isospectral deformations of the real Grassmannian of 3-planes in \(\mathbb{R}^6\)
  • Forms of degree one
  • A family of polynomials
  • Exactness of the forms of degree one
  • Branching laws
  • The special Lagrangian Grassmannian \(SU(4)/SO(4)\)
  • The complex quadric of dimension three
  • Bibliography
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