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VOL. 2009 | 2010 Recent Developments in Mathematical Quantum Chaos
Steve Zelditch

Editor(s) David Jerison, Barry Mazur, Tomasz Mrowka, Wilfried Schmid, Richard P. Stanley, Shing-Tung Yau


This is a survey of recent results on quantum ergodicity, specifically on the large energy limits of matrix elements relative to eigenfunctions of the Laplacian. It is mainly devoted to QUE (quantum unique ergodicity) results, i.e. results on the possible existence of a sparse subsequence of eigenfunctions with anomalous concentration. We cover the lower bounds on entropies of quantum limit measures due to Anantharaman, Nonnenmacher, and Rivière on compact Riemannian manifolds with Anosov flow. These lower bounds give new constraints on the possible quantum limits. We also cover the non-QUE result of Hassell in the case of the Bunimovich stadium. We include some discussion of Hecke eigenfunctions and recent results of Soundararajan completing Lindenstrauss’ QUE result, in the context of matrix elements for Fourier integral operators. Finally, in answer to the potential question “why study matrix elements” it presents an application by the author to the geometry of nodal sets.


Published: 1 November 2010
First available in Project Euclid: 23 April 2012

zbMATH: 1223.37113
MathSciNet: MR2757360

Rights: Copyright © 2010 International Press of Boston


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