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"Finite dimensional approximations to Wiener measure and path integral formulas on manifolds," by Lars Andersson and B. Driver

(UCSD Preprint, July 1998 )

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The manuscript is available as a DVI file (261K) or as a (PDF) file (625K)

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Certain natural geometric approximation schemes are developed for Wiener
measure on a compact Riemannian manifold. These approximations closely mimic
the informal path integral formulas used in the physics literature for
representing the heat semi-group on Riemannian manifolds. The path space is
approximated by finite dimensional manifolds $\mathrm{H}_{\mathcal{P}}(M)$
consisting of piecewise geodesic paths adapted to partitions $\mathcal{P}$
of $[0,1].$ The finite dimensional manifolds $\mathrm{H}_{\mathcal{P}}(M)$
carry both an $H^{1}$ and a $L^{2}$ type Riemannian structures, $G_{\mathcal{%
P}}^{1}$ and $G_{\mathcal{P}}^{0}$ respectively. It is proved that
\frac{1}{Z_{\mathcal{P}}^{i}}e^{-\frac{1}{2}E(\sigma )}d\mathrm{Vol}_{G_{%
\mathcal{P}}^{i}}(\sigma )\rightarrow \rho _{i}(\sigma )d\nu (\sigma )\text{
as mesh}(\mathcal{P)}\rightarrow 0,
where $E(\sigma )$ is the energy of the piecewise geodesic path $\sigma \in
\mathrm{H}_{\mathcal{P}}(M),$ and for $i=0$ and $1,$ $Z_{\mathcal{P}}^{i}$
is a ``normalization'' constant, $\mathrm{Vol}_{G_{\mathcal{P}}^{i}} $ is
the Riemannian volume form relative $G_{\mathcal{P}}^{i},$ and $\nu $ is
Wiener measure on paths on $M.$ Here $\rho _{1}(\sigma )\equiv 1$ and $\rho
_{0}(\sigma )=\exp \left( -\frac{1}{6}\int_{0}^{1}\mathrm{Scal} (\sigma
(s))ds\right) $ where $\mathrm{Scal}$ is the scalar curvature of $M.$ These
results are also shown to imply the well know integration by parts formula
for the Wiener measure.


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July, 1998

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