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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19033

Title: Almost CR Quantization via the Index of Transversally Elliptic Dirac Operators
Authors: Fitzpatrick, Daniel
Advisor: Meinrenken, Eckhard
Department: Mathematics
Keywords: Quantization
Contact geometry
Transversally elliptic operators
Equivariant index theory
Issue Date: 18-Feb-2010
Abstract: Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold equipped with a co-oriented subbundle $E\subset TM$. We suppose that a compact Lie group $G$ acts on $M$ preserving $E$, such that the $G$-orbits are transverse to $E$. If the fibres of $E$ are equipped with a complex structure then it is possible to construct a $G$-invariant Dirac operator $\dirac$ in terms of the resulting almost CR structure. We show that there is a canonical equivariant differential form with generalized coefficients $\mathcal{J}(E,X)$ defined on $M$ that depends only on the $G$-action and the co-oriented subbundle $E$. Moreover, the group action is such that $\dirac$ is a $G$-transversally elliptic operator in the sense of Atiyah \cite{AT}. Its index is thus defined as a generalized function on $G$. Beginning with the equivariant index formula of Paradan and Vergne \cite{PV3}, we obtain an index formula for $\dirac$ computed as an integral over $M$ that is free of choices and growth conditions. This formula necessarily involves equivariant differential forms with generalized coefficients and we show that the only such form required is the canonical form $\mathcal{J}(E,X)$. In certain cases the index of $\dirac$ can be interpreted in terms of a CR analogue of the space of holomorphic sections, allowing us to view our index formula as a character formula for the $G$-equivariant quantization of the almost CR manifold $(M,E)$. In particular, we obtain the ``almost CR'' quantization of a contact manifold, in a manner directly analogous to the almost complex quantization of a symplectic manifold.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/19033
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