The equivariant index and Kirillov’s character formula. (English) Zbl 0604.58046

Let M be a compact, oriented Riemannian manifold of even dimension, G a connected group of isometries of M. Let V be a G-equivariant Clifford module over M, \(D=D^ 0_ V\) the Dirac operator. The ”equivariant index formula” mentioned in the title states that for sufficiently small \(X\in g\), \[ tr_{Ker D}(\exp X)-tr_{Co\ker D}(\exp)=\int_{M}Ch(X,W) J^{-1/2} (X,TM). \] Here Ch(X,W) is an equivariant Chern character constructed using an auxiliary bundle W, \(J^{-1/2}(X,TM)\) is associated to the function \(\det^{1/2}(e^{A/2}-e^{-A/2}/A)\) by the equivariant Chern-Weil homomorphism. In case \(X=0\), this formula is the Atiyah-Singer index formula.
The proof of the theorem relies on a ”localization theorem” in equivariant cohomology, interesting in its own right, which is closely related to a classical result of R. Bott [Mich. Math. J. 14, 231- 244 (1967; Zbl 0145.438)], to results of J. J. Duistermaat and G. J. Heckman [Invent. Math. 69, 259-268 (1982; Zbl 0503.58015); ibid. 72, 153-158 (1983; Zbl 0503.58016] and to results of M. F. Atiyah and R. Bott [Topology 23, 1-28 (1984; Zbl 0521.58025)].
As an application, the authors derive a Kirillov-type character formula for compact groups and indicate its extension to the discrete series of non-compact groups.
Reviewer: W.Rossmann


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