A heat trace anomaly on polygons
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2015

Let Ω0 be a polygon in $\mathbb{R}$2, or more generally a compact surface with piecewise smooth boundary and corners. Suppose that Ωε is a family of surfaces with ${\mathcal C}$∞ boundary which converges to Ω0 smoothly away from the corners, and in a precise way at the vertices to be described in the paper. Fedosov [6], Kac [8] and McKean–Singer [13] recognised that certain heat trace coefficients, in particular the coefficient of t0, are not continuous as ε ↘ 0. We describe this anomaly using renormalized heat invariants of an auxiliary smooth domain Z which models the corner formation. The result applies to both Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions. We also include a discussion of what one might expect in higher dimensions.


Rafe Mazzeo

Stanford University

Julie Rowlett

Chalmers, Matematiska vetenskaper, Matematik

Göteborgs universitet

Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

0305-0041 (ISSN) 1469-8064 (eISSN)

Vol. 159 2 303-319



Matematisk analys



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