Colloquium abstracts

Rudra Sarkar
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
March 10, 2011

Characterization of eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on Riemannian symmetric spaces of noncompact typ:  A result of real analysis (John Roe 1980) states that if all derivatives and antiderivatives of a measurable function f are uniformly bounded then f is a linear combination of $\sin x$ and $\cos x$. This result was extended to $\R^n$ independently by Howard and Reese (1992) and by Strichartz (1993) where the derivatives and antiderivatives are substituted by integral powers of Laplacian on $\R^n$. While it is plausible to extend this theorem for other Riemannian manifolds, Strichartz showed that the result holds true for Heisenberg groups, but fails for hyperbolic spaces. Hyperbolic spaces are the most distinguished prototypes of the rank one Riemannian symmetric spaces of noncompact type. Strichartz's counter example can be extended to this larger class. In this talk we shall try to find the root cause of this failure and explore the possibilty of extending this theroem for this class of spaces.