A Gutzwiller trace formula for stationary space-times

Alexander Strohmaier*, Steve Zelditch

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We give a relativistic generalization of the Gutzwiller-Duistermaat-Guillemin trace formula for the wave group of a compact Riemannian manifold to globally hyperbolic stationary space-times with compact Cauchy hypersurfaces. We introduce several (essentially equivalent) notions of trace of self-adjoint operators on the null-space ker⁡□ of the wave operator and define U(t) to be translation by the flow etZ of the timelike Killing vector field Z on □. The spectrum of Z on ker⁡□ is discrete and the singularities of TretZ|ker⁡□ occur at periods of periodic orbits of exp⁡tZ on the symplectic manifold of null geodesics. The trace formula gives a Weyl law for the eigenvalues of Z on ker⁡□.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107434
JournalAdvances in Mathematics
StatePublished - Jan 6 2021


  • Spectral theory
  • Stationary spacetimes
  • Trace formula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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