The Spectrum of the Laplacian

Part of the Modern Birkhäuser Classics book series (MBC)


This chapter gives a self-contained introduction into the Laplacian of compact Riemann surfaces. We prove the spectral theorem using the heat kernel which is given explicitly in Section 7.4 for the hyperbolic plane and in Section 7.5 for the compact quotients. As a tool we use the Abel transform which is introduced in Section 7.3. This transform will again show up in Chapter 9 in connection with Selberg’s trace formula.


Fundamental Solution Heat Equation Heat Kernel Hyperbolic Plane Compact Riemann Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département de MathématiquesEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneLausanne-EcublensSwitzerland

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