On the magnitude function of domains in Euclidean space

Heiko Gimperlein, Magnus Goffeng

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We study Leinster’s notion of magnitude for a compact metric space. For a smooth, compact domain X ⊂ R 2m−1, we find geometric significance in the function M X (R) =mag(R · X). The function M X extends from the positive half-line to a meromorphic function in the complex plane. Its poles are generalized scattering resonances. In the semiclassical limit R → ∞, M X admits an asymptotic expansion. The three leading terms of M X at R =+∞ are proportional to the volume, surface area and integral of the mean curvature. In particular, for convex X the leading terms are proportional to the intrinsic volumes, and we obtain an asymptotic variant of the convex magnitude conjecture by Leinster and Willerton, with corrected coefficients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-967
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican Journal of Mathematics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2021

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  • Mathematics(all)


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