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Motivation for and history of pseudo-differential operators

Suppose you start from partial differential equations and functional analysis (on $\mathbb R^n$ and on real manifolds). Which prominent example problems lead you to work with pseudo-differential ...
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Why is symplectic geometry so important in modern PDE ?

First, we recall that symplectic manifold is a smooth manifold, $M$, equipped with a closed nondegenerate differential 2-form, $\omega$, called the symplectic form. The study of symplectic manifolds ...
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Applications of Atiyah-Singer using pseudodifferential operators

Though the Atiyah-Singer index theorem holds for pseudodifferential operators, all the applications of the index theorem I know of only need it for Dirac-type operators. I know that pseudodifferential ...
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Square roots of the Laplace operator

In several places in the literature (e.g. this paper of Caffarelli and Silvestre), I've seen an integral formula for fractional Laplacians. I'd like to understand it. In this question, I'll stick to ...
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What is the significance of Hochschild homology of pseudo-differential operators?

I want to ask what is the motivation for people to compute the Hochschild homology for the algebra of pseudo-differential operators on a given manifold. While surveying the literature, it seems much ...
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Green's operator of elliptic differential operator

Let $P:\Gamma(E)\rightarrow\Gamma(F)$ be an elliptic partial differential operator, with index $=0$ and closed image of codimension $=1$, between spaces $\Gamma(E)$ and $\Gamma(F)$ of smooth sections ...
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Applications of pseudodifferential operators to PDE

I am planning to build a PDE course centred around pseudodifferential operators. I know some important applications of pseudodifferential operators to PDEs, but I don't know enough to get the whole ...
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applications of C$^*$-algebras in the field of PDEs

I know only a little bit about C$^*$-algebras and I want a to know if you know a nice apllication or the influence of them in the field of partial differential equations (it is better that it is ...
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What are the invariant Pseudo-differential operators on a Lie group?

It is well-known that (left) $G$-invariant differential operators on a Lie group $G$, has an algebraic description, i.e. universal enveloping algebra of the Lie algebra of the group. On the other ...
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what's the motivation of Weyl calculus ?

In the pseudo-differential operator theory, we can define a pseudo-differential operator by $$a(x,D)u=(2\pi)^{-n}\int{a(x,\xi)e^{i\langle x-y,\xi \rangle}u(y)dyd\xi}$$ with $a(x,\xi)$ belong to some ...
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Atiyah-Singer for pseudodifferential operators via heat kernel?

The Atiyah-Singer theorem for Dirac-type operators can be proved using the heat kernel and this proof has an advantage over the proof via K-theory, because the first is local but the latter is not. ...
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Between Being a Connection and Being an Elliptic Operator

Let $E$ be a smooth complex vector bundle over a smooth compact manifold $M$ and let $H$ be the $Z_{2}$-graded (with the $Z_{2}$-grading given by even/odd forms) Hilbert space of $L_{2}$ (with respect ...
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Trace formula for PSDOs

In Getzler's famous paper "Pseudodifferential Operators on Supermanifolds and the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem", he states that for a (trace-class) pseudo-differential operator $P$ on a Riemannian ...
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Characterization of inverse differential operators

If I have a partial differential operator $p(D)$, where $p$ is a polynomial with constant coefficients and $D$ is the derivative in Euclidean space. Its inverse is easily described in Fourier space: ...
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Why take 'complex powers' of pseudo-differential operators?

Given a pseudo-differential operator $P$ of order zero, Seeley showed that the holomorphic family of operators $\lbrace P^{z} : z\in \mathbb{C} \rbrace$ of all complex powers is contained in the ...
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How to define the square root of $1-\Delta $?

If $M$ is a Riemannian manifold with $\Delta $ its Laplacian, how can we define $(1-\Delta)^{1/2}$? The book I am reading says that $(1-\Delta)^{1/2}$ is an invertible first-order pseudo-differential ...
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Functions of Pseudodifferential Operators

Suppose I have a self-adjoint pseudo-differential operator $A$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$ and a continuous function $f$ (possibly bounded, or Schwartz, or compactly supported) on its spectrum. Then I can ...
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Does hypoellipticity imply the existence of a parametrix?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, like $\mathbb{R}^n$ for instance. The existence of a parametrix for an operator $P$ on $C^\infty(M)$ in any reasonable pseudodifferential calculus implies that $P$ is ...
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Criteria for Positivity of Pseudoddifferential Operators on Manifolds

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian Manifold and $L^2$ the Hilbert space given by the volume form associated to the metric. Let $L_0^2$ be the subspace which is orthogonal to the constant functions. When is ...
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Understanding the analytic index map of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Hi, I'm currently trying to understand the Atiyah-Singer index theorem and its proof as presented in the book "Spin Geometry" by Lawson and Michelsohn. I do not understand why the analytic index map ...
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(sharp)Garding's inequality and inequality with lower bounds

The origin of Garding's inequality was an effort to solve Dirichlet's problem for linear elliptic operators of high even order.Let $$P(x,D)= \sum a_{\alpha}(x)D^{\alpha}$$ with principal part ...
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Pseudo-differential operators which are independent of lower order perturbations

In the area of pseudo-differential operators, we know that for elliptic type or real principal type operators reductions are independent of lower order terms. For example, if $P$ is zeroth order real ...
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Characteristic Variety of the Principal Symbol solves PDE system?

In the study of partial differential equations, it is often considered enough to analyze the principal symbols and their characteristic variety (see for example, ...
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Pseudodifferential operators on spaces with boundary

Consider the upper half space $\mathbb{R}^n_{+} = \{x = (x_1,..,x_n) \in \mathbb{R}^n : x_n \geq 0\}$. Consider the Laplacian on this space with either the Dirichlet boundary condition or the Neumann ...
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Pseudo-differential operators with compactly supported symbols

If the symbol $p(x,\xi)$ of a pseudodifferential operator $P$ has compact $x$-support, then for any Schwartz function $f$, $Pf$ has compact $x$-support. Is the reverse true? Namely that if some PDO ...
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when a pseudo-differential operators to be compact?

In the theory of Pseudo-differential operators,when a symbol $a(x,\xi)\in S^{0}$,then the operator $a(x,D)$ defined by$$a(x,D)u=\int{e^{ix\xi}a(x,\xi)\widehat{u}}d \xi$$ is $L^2$ bounded.$ $ My ...
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What is a good reference for conormal distributions?

May I humblely ask what is a good reference for conormal distributions (for student with some rudimentary pseudo-differential operator background)? I heard from my advisor that it is useful in index ...
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Do pseudo-differential operators preserve smoothness without compact support assumption?

I've been reading Lawson's book, Spin Geometry recently. In this book, a pseudo-differential operator is defined as a linear map on Schwartz space $P\colon \mathcal{S} \longrightarrow \mathcal{S} $ by ...
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Differential structures and K-homology groups

What is an example of a (compact) manifold, which has two non-equivalent differential structures such that the K-homology groups are non-isomorphic? If no such example exists, i.e. "K-homology does ...
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Fractional Leibniz formula

Let $T=(-\Delta)^{1/2}$. Can we have estimates, similar to the one below $$ \| T^{\alpha}(fg)-(T^{\alpha}f)g-f(T^{\alpha}g) \|_p \leq \|T^{\alpha-1}f\|_p \|T^{\alpha-1}g\|_p, $$ hold in $L^p$, where ...
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When is a Pseudo-differential operator trace class or in Dixmier ideal?

Let's denote the set of all Pseudo-differential operators with symbol of “order” $d$ by $\Psi_d(M)$ and Sobolev space on $M$ by $H_s(M)$. It is known that If $P\in\Psi_d(M)$ Then $P$ extends to a ...
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The square root of Laplacian with nonconstant coefficent

I am still a newbie to $\Psi$DO-Operators. As far as i understood, one can easily compute the square root of the Laplace operator $\Delta$ by $$(-\Delta)^{1/2} \ u=\mathcal{F}^{-1}(\|\xi\| ...
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second order operator with real coefficients and not locally solvable

This question is a follow up of the following answer I posted recently: Counterexamples in PDE Is there a second order partial differential operator with real coefficients which are not solvable in ...
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Commutator representation of certain smoothing operators

I have a question regarding the classical trace $\text{Tr} \colon \Psi^{-\infty}(S^1)\to \mathbb C$ on pseudodifferential operators of infinite negative order (i.e. smoothing operators), defined over ...
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Practical way to check whether a distribution is conormal

Let $X$ be a $C^\infty$-manifold, $Y$ be its $C^\infty$-submanifold. Hörmander defines the set $I^m(X,Y)$ of conormal distributions as the set of all $u \in \mathscr D'(X)$ such that $$ L_1 ...
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about smoothing pseudodifferential operators

Hi, I have a question which involves pdo. Let us consider a pseudodifferential operator $A:S(\mathbb{R}^d)\rightarrow S(\mathbb{R}^d) $ whose symbol $a(x,\xi)$ lives in the $S_{0,0}^0$ class : $$ ...
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Positivity of semiclassical pseudodifferential operators

Let me first give some background. (My reference is Martinez's book An introduction to semiclassical and microlocal analysis) Let $m\in\mathbb{R}$, and ...
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Abstract stationary phase

I have been reading Semi-classical analysis by Guillemin and Sternberg. At the end of Chapter 8, they gave an abstract version of the stationary phase method. I have a hard time figuring out what ...
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a question about first-order hyperbolic equations

Performing certain manipulations on pseudo-differential equations I have come across the following first order equation: $$ D_{t}u-\lambda(t,x,D_{t},D_{x})u=0, \ \ (*) $$ where $\lambda$ is a scalar ...
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Support-preserving pseudodifferential operators

Let $A = F^{-1}\sigma F$ be a pseudodifferential operator acting on functions on $\mathbb R^n$, where $F$, $F^{-1}$ are the direct and inverse Fourier transforms respectively and $\sigma$ is the ...
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pseutotensor category

In the paper B. Bakalov, A.D'Andrea and V.G.Kac, Theory of finite pseudoalgebras, section 3, one finds the following definition of pseudotensor category: A pseudotensor category is a class of ...
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Is this kernel space of finite dimension ?

Assume that $P \in \Psi^{m}(X)$ (X is a $C^{\infty}$ manifold)is properly supported and has a real principal part p which is homogeneous of degree m.I'm interested in the existence theorem(at least ...
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Analogue of the integral Fourier operator with angle in some cone

Let $\Phi(x,y,\theta)$ be a phase function defined on $X \times X \times (\mathbb R^n-0)$ where $X$ is some domain in $\mathbb R^n$, let $A(x,y,\theta)$ be an amplitude function. As usually an ...
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Application of Egorov's Theorem for Pseudodifferential Operators

Let $\;P_{0} \in OPS^{m}_{1,0}(\mathbb{R}^{n} \; \times \; \mathbb{R}^{n})\;$, $\;A \in OPS^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{n} \; \times \; \mathbb{R}^{n})$ and $S(t)$ the solution operator of the scalar hyperbolic ...
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Extension of pseudodifferential operators

I'm very sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this question, but I've asked it on StackExchange and received no answers. ( ...
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Elliptic Fourier integral operators

I know what it means for a pseudodifferential operator $A\in\Psi(\mathbb{R}^n)$ to be elliptic at a point $(x,\xi)\in T^*\mathbb{R}^n$: the principal symbol of $A$ is non-vanishing at the point. But ...
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Exponential decay for the gradient of a solution

Dear all, I would like to prove the exponential decay of the derivatives of a solution to the following equation in $\mathbb{R}^N$: $$ \sqrt{-\Delta+m^2} u +u= f(u), $$ where I can assume that $m \neq ...
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Closure of pseudodifferential operators of order 0 on compact manifolds

Let $M$ be a compact manifold. If we have a pseudodifferential operator $P$ of order $0$ on $M$, then $P$ is pseudolocal, i.e., every commutator $[f,P]$ with a continuous function $f \in C(M)$ is a ...
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Pseudo-differential evolution equation

I'm looking for results (or some ideas) on the following kind of pseudo-differential evolution equation: $$ \frac{\partial u(t,x)}{\partial t} = \int_{-\infty}^{t} B(t-s,x)\, A(x,D_{x})u(s,x)\,ds \; ...
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Locality of homogeneous pseudo-differential operator

Let $P$ be a polynomial in several variables, and let $P(D)$ be the corresponding differential operator. Obviously, $P(D)$ is a local operator, in the sense that I need only to know the function $u$ ...