Identifier

etd-07052011-113126

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Mathematics

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

One of the important questions related to any integral transform on a manifold M or on a homogeneous space G/K is the description of the image of a given space of functions. If M=G/K, where (G,K) is a Gelfand pair, then harmonic analysis on M is closely related to the representations of G and the direct integral decomposition of L^2(M) into irreducible representations of G. R^n can be realized as the quotient R^n=E(n)/SO(n), where E(n) is the orientation preserving Euclidean motion group. The pair (E(n), SO(n)) is a Gelfand pair. Hence this realization of R^n comes with its own natural Fourier transform derived from the representation theory of E(n). The representations of E(n) that are in the support of the Plancherel measure for L^2(R^n) are parameterized by R^+. We describe the image of smooth compactly supported functions under the Fourier transform with respect to the spectral parameter. Then we discuss an extension of our description to projective limits of corresponding function spaces.

Date

2011

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Olafsson, Gestur

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