An Explicit Formula for the Dirac Multiplicities on Lens Spaces
MFO Scientific ProgramOWLF 2013
Lauret, Emilio A.
We present a new description of the spectrum of the (spin-) Dirac operator $D$ on lens spaces. Viewing a spin lens space $L$ as a locally symmetric space $\Gamma \setminus Spin(2m)/Spin(2m-1)$ and exploiting the representation theory of the Spin groups, we obtain explicit formulas for the multiplicities of the eigenvalues of $D$ in terms of infinitely many integer operations. As a consequence, we present conditions for lens spaces to be Dirac isospectral. Tackling classic questions of spectral geometry, we prove with the tools developed that neither spin structures nor isometry classes of lens spaces are spectrally determined by giving infinite families of Dirac isospectral lens spaces. These results are complemented by examples found with the help of a computer.