Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In this paper, a natural action of the automorphisms of a group on the space of irreducible unitary representations is used to decompose the Plancherel measure on the dual space as an integral of measures on homogeneous spaces. Explicit decompositions are obtained for the cases of free 2 and 3-step nilpotent Lie groups. These results are obtained using direct integral decompositions, induced representations, the Mackey Machine, and measure theory on homogeneous spaces.
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Slay, David, "Group automorphisms and the decomposition of Plancherel measures" (2002). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 3670.