Mathematical Research Letters

Volume 12 (2005)

Number 3

Logarithmic Trace of Toeplitz Projectors

Pages: 401 – 412



L. Boutet de Monvel (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)


In \cite{BG81} we defined Toeplitz projectors on a compact contact manifold, which are analogues of the Szegö projector on a strictly pseudo-convex boundary. The kernel of a Toeplitz projector, as the Szegö kernel, has a holonomic singularity including a logarithmic term. The coefficient of the logarithmic term is well defined, so as its trace (the integral over the diagonal). Here we show that this trace only depends on the contact structure and not on the choice of the Toeplitz operator (for a given contact structure there are many possible choices). This generalizes a result of K. Hirachi \cite{Hi04} for the Szegö kernel, and also shows that his invariant (the trace of the logarithmic coefficient of the Szegö kernel) only depends on the contact structure defined by the boundary pseudo-convex CR structure. Finally we show that the Toeplitz logarithmic trace vanishes identically for all contact forms on the three-sphere.

Published 1 January 2005