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The relations, which define the Heisenberg group or its Lie algebra, are of a fundamental nature and appeared in very different areas. For example, the basic operators of differentiation and multiplication by an independent variable in analysis satisfy to the same commutation relations as observables of momentum and coordinate in quantum mechanics.
It is very easy to oversee those common structures. In the paper "On the role of the Heisenberg group in harmonic analysis", Roger Howe said: "An investigator might be able to get what he wanted out of a situation while overlooking the extra structure imposed by the Heisenberg group, structure which might enable him to get much more."
In this course we will touch many (but not all!) occurrences of the Heisenberg group, mainly from analysis and quantum mechanics. We will see how to derive important results from the general properties the Heisenberg group and its representations. We will discuss also some cross-fertilisation of different fields through their common ingredient-the Heisenberg group.
The the course will be grouped around central ideas, technical aspects will be avoided as much as possible. I am planning to record some additional short videos touching some interesting but optional topics.


Autumn 2019 (Monday, October 7 to Friday, December 13)


  • Live lecture hours: 10
  • Recorded lecture hours: 0
  • Total advised study hours: 40


  • Tue 10:05 - 10:55


The prerequisites include elementary group theory, linear algebra, analysis and introductory Hilbert spaces. Some knowledge of Lie groups and quantum mechanics would be an advantage, however, this is not a strict requirement.


* Origins of the Heisenberg group and its Lie algebra in analysis and physics; Heisenberg commutation relations; structure of the Heisenberg groups, its automorphisms.
* Unitary representations of the Heisenberg group; orbit methods of Kirillov.
* Stone-von Neumann theorem; Schroedinger and Fock-Segal-Bargmann representations: their equivalence and intertwining operator (Bargmann integral transform).
* Fourier inversion theorem, Schwartz space and Plancherel theorem.
* Time-frequencies analysis and wavelets.
* Theta-function, wavelet transform and the Gaussian.
* Calculus of pseudo-differential operators and quantisation; analysis in the phase space and the Moyal bracket.
* Connection between classic and quantum mechanics.

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Vladimir V. Kisil
Phone (0113) 343 5173
Interests Symmetries in analysis and applications
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Harmonic analysis in phase spaceFolland
On the role of the Heisenberg group in harmonic analysisHowe
Symmetry, Geometry, and Quantization with Hypercomplex NumbersVladimir V. Kisil
"Part 4. The Heisenberg group and Physics" in the lecture notes (Under construction!!! Do NOT print them in advance!!!)Vladimir V Kisil
Lectures on the Orbit MethodA. A. Kirillov
Quantum mechanics and partial differential equationsHowe
Erlangen Program at Large: An Overview - SpringerVladimir V. Kisil


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There will be a take-home exam paper. You will need to solve 60% of all questions to pass the exam.

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