A number of important topics in complex analysis and geometry are
covered in this excellent introductory text. Written by experts in
the subject, each chapter unfolds from the basics to the more complex.
The exposition is rapid-paced and efficient, without compromising
proofs and examples that enable the reader to grasp the essentials.
The most basic type of domain examined is the bounded symmetric
domain, originally described and classified by Cartan and Harish-
Chandra. Two of the five parts of the text deal with these domains:
one introduces the subject through the theory of semisimple Lie
algebras (Koranyi), and the other through Jordan algebras and triple
systems (Roos). Larger classes of domains and spaces are furnished by
the pseudo-Hermitian symmetric spaces and related R-spaces. These
classes are covered via a study of their geometry and a presentation
and classification of their Lie algebraic theory (Kaneyuki).
In the fourth part of the book, the heat kernels of the symmetric
spaces belonging to the classical Lie groups are determined (Lu).
Explicit computations are made for each case, giving precise results
and complementing the more abstract and general methods presented.
Also explored are recent developments in the field, in particular, the
study of complex semigroups which generalize complex tube domains and
function spaces on them (Faraut).
This volume will be useful as a graduate text for students of Lie
group theory with connections to complex analysis, or as a self-study
resource for newcomers to the field. Readers will reach the frontiers
of the subject in a considerably shorter time than with existing
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Number of pages: 540
Weight: 848 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 28 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 200
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