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New York Journal of Mathematics 8 (2002), 241-256.

Gaussian weighted unreduced L2 cohomology of locally symmetric spaces

Stephen S. Bullock

Published: December 17, 2002
Keywords: weighted L2 cohomology, locally symmetric space, Gaussian weight
Subject: 53C, 22E, 14F


Let $(\mathcal{M},g)$ be a complete, noncompact Riemannian manifold of finite volume. For $w:\mathcal{M} \rightarrow (0,\infty)$ a weighting function, the $w$ weighted unreduced $L_2$ cohomology is defined as the usual unreduced $L_2$ cohomology except that $\dvol$ is replaced by the measure $w \dvol$. This paper proves that in the case $\mathcal{M} = \Gamma \bs G /K$ is a locally symmetric space of nonpositive sectional curvature and arbitrary rank whereupon $w(m) = \mbox{e}^{-\mbox{dist}(m,p_0)^2}$ is the Gaussian relative to some basepoint $p_0$, the $w$ weighted unreduced $L_2$ cohomology is isomorphic to the usual de Rham cohomology. This isomorphism extends to the standard coefficient bundles.

Note that weights for the de Rham cohomology of exponential decay have already been constructed; see \cite{borel:83a}, \cite{borel:90a} and \cite{franke:98a}. The Gaussian weight behaves differently in terms of coefficient bundles.

This research supported by the U.M. VIGRE grant.

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