This article is a review on Berezin-Toeplitz operator and Berezin-Toeplitz deformation quantization for compact quantizable Kähler manifolds. The basic objects, concepts, and results are given. This concerns the correct semiclassical limit behaviour of the operator quantization, the unique Berezin-Toeplitz deformation quantization (star product), covariant and contravariant Berezin symbols, and Berezin transform. Other related objects and constructions are also discussed.

1. Introduction

For quantizable Kähler manifolds the Berezin-Toeplitz (BT) quantization scheme, both the operator quantization and the deformation quantization, supplies canonically defined quantizations. Some time ago, in joint work with Martin Bordemann and Eckhard Meinrenken, the author of this review showed that for compact Kähler manifolds it is a well-defined quantization scheme with correct semiclassical limit [1].

What makes the Berezin-Toeplitz quantization scheme so attractive is that it does not depend on further choices and that it does not only produce a formal deformation quantization, but one which is deeply related to some operator calculus.

From the point of view of classical mechanics, compact Kähler manifolds appear as phase space manifolds of restricted systems or of reduced systems. A typical example of its appearance is given by the spherical pendulum which after reduction has as phase-space the complex projective space.

Very recently, inspired by fruitful applications of the basic techniques of the Berezin-Toeplitz scheme beyond the quantization of classical systems, the interest in it revived considerably.

For example, these techniques show up in a noncommutative geometry. More precisely, they appear in the approach to noncommutative geometry using fuzzy manifolds. The quantum spaces of the BT quantization of level , defined in Section 3 further down, are finite-dimensional, and the quantum operator of level constitutes finite-dimensional noncommutative matrix algebras. This is the arena of noncommutative fuzzy manifolds and gauge theories over them. The classical limit, the commutative manifold, is obtained as limit . The name fuzzy sphere was coined by Madore [2] for a certain quantized version of the Riemann sphere. It turned out to be a quite productive direction in the noncommutative geometry approach to quantum field theory. It is impossible to give a rather complete list of people working in this approach. The following is a rather erratic and random choice of [310].

Another appearance of Berezin-Toeplitz quantization techniques as basic ingredients is in the pioneering work of Jørgen Andersen on the mapping class group (MCG) of surfaces in the context of Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT). Beside other results, he was able to prove the asymptotic faithfulness of the mapping group action on the space of covariantly constant sections of the Verlinde bundle with respect to the Axelrod-Witten-de la Pietra and Witten connection [11, 12]; see also [13]. Furthermore, he showed that the MCG does not have Kazhdan's property . Roughly speaking, a group which has property T says that the identity representation is isolated in the space of all unitary representations of the group [14]. In these applications, the manifolds to be quantized are the moduli spaces of certain flat connections on Riemann surfaces or, equivalently, the moduli space of stable algebraic vector bundles over smooth projective curves. Here further exciting research is going on, in particular, in the realm of TQFT and the construction of modular functors [1517].

In general, quite often moduli spaces come with a Kähler structure which is quantizable. Hence, it is not surprising that the Berezin-Toeplitz quantization scheme is of importance in moduli space problems. Noncommutative deformations and a quantization being a noncommutative deformation, yield also information about the commutative situation. These aspects clearly need further investigations.

There are a lot of other applications on which work has already been done, recently started, or can be expected. As the Berezin-Toeplitz scheme has become a basic tool, this seems the right time to collect the techniques and results in such a review. We deliberately concentrate on the case of compact Kähler manifolds. In particular, we stress the methods and results valid for all of them. Due to “space-time” limitations, we will not deal with the noncompact situation. In this situation, case by case studies of the examples or class of examples are needed. See Section 3.7 for references to some of them. Also we have to skip presenting recent attempts to deal with special singular situations, like orbifolds, but see at least [1820].

Of course, there are other reviews presenting similar quantization schemes. A very incomplete list is the following [2125].

This review is self-contained in the following sense. I try to explain all notions and concepts needed to understand the results and theorems only assuming some background in modern geometry and analysis. And as such it should be accessible for a newcomer to the field (both for mathematicians as for physicists) and help him to enter these interesting research directions. It is not self-contained in the strict sense as it does supply only those proofs or sketches of proofs which are either not available elsewhere or are essential for the understanding of the statements and concepts. The review does not require a background in quantum physics as only mathematical aspects of quantizations are touched on.

2. The Set-Up of Geometric Quantization

In the following, I will recall the principal set-up of geometric quantization which is usually done for symplectic manifolds in the case when the manifold is a Kähler manifold.

2.1. Kähler Manifolds

We will only consider phase-space manifolds which carry the structure of a Kähler manifold . Recall that in this case is a complex manifold and , the Kähler form, is a nondegenerate closed positive -form.

If the complex dimension of is , then the Kähler form can be written with respect to local holomorphic coordinates as

with local functions such that the matrix is hermitian and positive definite.

Later on we will assume that is a compact Kähler manifold.

2.2. Poisson Algebra

Denote by the algebra of complex-valued (arbitrary often) differentiable functions with the point-wise multiplication as an associative product. A symplectic form on a differentiable manifold is a closed nondegenerate 2-form. In particular, we can consider our Kähler form as a symplectic form.

For symplectic manifolds, we can introduce on a Lie algebra structure, the Poisson bracket Poisson bracket , in the following way. First we a assign to every its Hamiltonian vector field , and then to every pair of functions and the Poisson bracket via

One verifies that this defines a Lie algebra structures and that furthermore, we have the Leibniz rule

Such a compatible structure is called a Poisson algebra.

2.3. Quantum Line Bundles

A quantum line bundle for a given symplectic manifold is a triple , where is a complex line bundle, a Hermitian metric on , and a connection compatible with the metric such that the (pre)quantum condition

is fulfilled. A symplectic manifold is called quantizable if there exists a quantum line bundle.

In the situation of Kähler manifolds, we require for a quantum line bundle to be holomorphic and that the connection is compatible both with the metric and the complex structure of the bundle. In fact, by this requirement will be uniquely fixed. If we choose local holomorphic coordinates on the manifold and a local holomorphic frame of the bundle, the metric will be represented by a function . In this case, the curvature in the bundle can be given by and the quantum condition reads as

2.4. Example: The Riemann Sphere

The Riemann sphere is the complex projective line . With respect to the quasiglobal coordinate , the form can be given as

For the Poisson bracket, one obtains

Recall that the points in correspond to lines in passing through the origin. If we assign to every point in the line it represents, we obtain a holomorphic line bundle, called the tautological line bundle. The hyper plane section bundle is dual to the tautological bundle. It turns out that it is a quantum line bundle. Hence is quantizable.

2.5. Example: The Complex Projective Space

Next we consider the -dimensional complex projective space . The example above can be extended to the projective space of any dimension. The Kähler form is given by the Fubini-Study form

The coordinates , are affine coordinates on the affine chart . Again, is quantizable with the hyper plane section bundle as a quantum line bundle.

2.6. Example: The Torus

The (complex-) one-dimensional torus can be given as , where is a lattice with . As Kähler form, we take

with respect to the coordinate on the covering space . Clearly this form is invariant under the lattice and hence well defined on . For the Poisson bracket, one obtains

The corresponding quantum line bundle is the theta line bundle of degree 1, that is, the bundle whose global sections are scalar multiples of the Riemann theta function.

2.7. Example: The Unit Disc and Riemann Surfaces

The unit disc

is a noncompact Kähler manifold. The Kähler form is given by

Every compact Riemann surface of genus can be given as the quotient of the unit disc under the fractional linear transformations of a Fuchsian subgroup of . If with (as an element of ), then the action is

The Kähler form (2.12) is invariant under the fractional linear transformations. Hence it defines a Kähler form on . The quantum bundle is the canonical bundle, that is, the bundle whose local sections are the holomorphic differentials. Its global sections can be identified with the automorphic forms of weight with respect to the Fuchsian group.

2.8. Consequences of Quantizability

The above examples might create the wrong impression that every Kähler manifold is quantizable. This is not the case. For example, only those higher-dimensional tori complex tori are quantizable which are abelian varieties, that is, which admit enough theta functions. It is well known that for a generic torus will not be an abelian variety. Why this implies that they will not be quantizable, we will see in a moment.

In the language of differential geometry, a line bundle is called a positive line bundle if its curvature form (up to a factor of ) is a positive form. As the Kähler form is positive, the quantum condition (2.4) yields that a quantum line bundle is a positive line bundle.

2.9. Embedding into Projective Space

In the following, we assume that is a quantizable compact Kähler manifold with quantum line bundle . Kodaira's embedding theorem says that is ample, that is, that there exists a certain tensor power of such that the global holomorphic sections of can be used to embed the phase space manifold into the projective space of suitable dimension. The embedding is defined as follows. Let be the vector space of global holomorphic sections of the bundle . Fix a basis . We choose local holomorphic coordinates for and a local holomorphic frame for the bundle . After these choices, the basis elements can be uniquely described by local holomorphic functions defined via . The embedding is given by the map

Note that the point in projective space neither depends on the choice of local coordinates nor on the choice of the local frame for the bundle . Furthermore, a different choice of basis corresponds to a action on the embedding space and hence the embeddings are projectively equivalent.

By this embedding, quantizable compact Kähler manifolds are complex submanifolds of projective spaces. By Chow's theorem [26], they can be given as zero sets of homogenous polynomials, that is, they are smooth projective varieties. The converse is also true. Given a smooth subvariety of , it will become a Kähler manifold by restricting the Fubini-Study form. The restriction of the hyper plane section bundle will be an associated quantum line bundle.

At this place a warning is necessary. The embedding is only an embedding as complex manifolds are not an isometric embedding as Kähler manifolds. This means that in general . See Section 7.6 for results on an “asymptotic expansion” of the pullback.

A line bundle, whose global holomorphic sections will define an embedding into projective space, is called a very ample line bundle. In the following, we will assume that is already very ample. If is not very ample, we choose such that the bundle is very ample and take this bundle as quantum line bundle with respect to the rescaled Kähler form on . The underlying complex manifold structure will not change.

3. Berezin-Toeplitz Operators

In this section, we will consider an operator quantization. This says that we will assign to each differentiable (differentiable will always mean differentiable to any order) function on our Kähler manifold (i.e., on our “phase space”) the Berezin-Toeplitz (BT) quantum operator . More precisely, we will consider a whole family of operators . These operators are defined in a canonical way. As we know from the Groenewold-van Howe theorem, we cannot expect that the Poisson bracket on can be represented by the Lie algebra of operators if we require certain desirable conditions see [27] for further details. The best we can expect is that we obtain it at least “asymptotically”. In fact, this is true.

In our context also the operator of geometric quantization exists. At the end of this section, we will discuss its relation to the BT quantum operator. It will turn out that if we take for the geometric quantization the Kähler polarization then they have the same asymptotic behaviour.

3.1. Tensor Powers of the Quantum Line Bundle

Let be a compact quantizable Kähler manifold and a quantum line bundle. We assume that is already very ample. We consider all its tensor powers

Here . If corresponds to the metric with respect to a local holomorphic frame of the bundle , then corresponds to the metric with respect to the frame for the bundle . The connection will be the induced connection.

We introduce a scalar product on the space of sections. In this review, we adopt the convention that a hermitian metric (and a scalar product) is antilinear in the first argument and linear in the second argument. First we take the Liouville form as a volume form on and then set for the scalar product and the norm

on the space of global -sections. Let be the -completion of , and its (due to the compactness of ) finite-dimensional closed subspace of global holomorphic sections. Let

be the projection onto this subspace.

Definition 3.1. For , the Toeplitz operator (of level ) is defined by

In words, one takes a holomorphic section and multiplies it with the differentiable function . The resulting section will only be differentiable. To obtain a holomorphic section, one has to project it back on the subspace of holomorphic sections.

The linear map

is the Toeplitz or Berezin-Toeplitz quantization map (of level ). It will neither be a Lie algebra homomorphism nor an associative algebra homomorphism as in general

Furthermore, on a fixed level , it is a map from the infinite-dimensional commutative algebra of functions to a noncommutative finite-dimensional (matrix) algebra. The finite-dimensionality is due to the compactness of . A lot of classical information will get lost. To recover this information, one has to consider not just a single level but all levels together.

Definition 3.2. The Berezin-Toeplitz quantization is the map

We obtain a family of finite-dimensional (matrix) algebras and a family of maps. This infinite family should in some sense “approximate” the algebra .

3.2. Approximation Results

Denote for by , the supnorm of on and by

the operator norm with respect to the norm (3.2) on . The following theorem was shown in 1994.

Theorem 3.3 (Bordemann et al. [1]). (a) For every , there exists a such that
In particular, .
(b) For every ,

(c) For every ,

These results are contained in Theorems , , and in Section in [1]. We will indicate the proof for (b) and (c) in Section 5. It will make reference to the symbol calculus of generalised Toeplitz operators as developed by Boutet de Monvel and Guillemin [28]. The original proof of (a) was quite involved and required Hermite distributions and related objects. On the basis of the asymptotic expansion of the Berezin transform [29], a more direct proof can be given. I will discuss this in Section 7.3.

Only on the basis of this theorem, we are allowed to call our scheme a quantizing scheme. The properties in the theorem might be rephrased as the BT operator quantization has the correct semiclassical limit.

3.3. Further Properties

From Theorem 3.3 (c), we have the following proposition.

Proposition 3.4. Let ; then follows directly.

Proposition 3.5.

Proof. Using the left side of the triangle inequality, from Theorem 3.3 (b), it follows that By part (a) of the theorem , and it stays finite. Hence has to be a zero sequence.

Proposition 3.6. The Toeplitz map is surjective.

For a proof, see [1, Proposition ].

This proposition says that for a fixed every operator is the Toeplitz operator of a function . In the language of Berezin's co- and contravariant symbols, will be the contravariant symbol of . We will discuss this in Section 6.2.

Proposition 3.7. For all , In particular, for real valued functions the associated Toeplitz operator is self-adjoint.

Proof. Take ; then

The opposite of the last statement of the above proposition is also true in the following sense.

Proposition 3.8. Let be a self-adjoint operator; then there exists a real valued function , such that .

Proof. By the surjectivity of the Toeplitz map with a complex-valued function with real functions and . As , it follows that and hence . From this we conclude that .

We like to stress the fact that the Toeplitz map is never injective on a fixed level . Only if for , we can conclude that .

Proposition 3.9. Let and . Denote the trace on by , then

See [1], respectively [30] for a detailed proof.

3.4. Strict Quantization

The asymptotic results of Theorem 3.3 say that the BT operator quantization is a strict quantization in the sense of Rieffel [31] as formulated in the book by Landsman [32]. We take as base space , with its induced topology coming from . Note that is an accumulation point of the set . As algebras above the points , we take the algebras and above the algebra . For , we assign and . Now the property (a) in Theorem 3.3 is called in [32] Rieffel's condition, (b) Dirac's condition, and (c) von Neumann's condition. Completeness is true by Propositions 3.6 and 3.8.

This definition is closely related to the notion of continuous fields of -algebras; see [32].

3.5. Relation to Geometric Quantization

There exists another quantum operator in the geometric setting, the operator of geometric quantization introduced by Kostant and Souriau. In a first step, the prequantum operator associated to the bundle for the function is defined as

Here is the connection in , and the Hamiltonian vector field of with respect to the Kähler form , that is, . This operator acts on the space of differentiable global sections of the line bundle . The sections depend at every point on local coordinates and one has to restrict the space to sections covariantly constant along the excessive dimensions. In technical terms, one chooses a polarization. In general such a polarization is not unique. But in our complex situation, there is a canonical one by only taking the holomorphic sections. This polarization is called Kähler polarization. The operator of geometric quantization is then defined by the following proposition.

The Toeplitz operator and the operator of geometric quantization (with respect to the Kähler polarization) are related by the following.

Proposition 3.10 (Tuynman Lemma). Let be a compact quantizable Kähler manifold; then where is the Laplacian with respect to the Kähler metric given by .

For the proof, see [33, 34] for a coordinate independent proof.

In particular, the and the have the same asymptotic behaviour. We obtain for similar results as in Theorem 3.3. For details see [35]. It should be noted that for (3.21) the compactness of is essential.

3.6. Approximation

In [34] the notion of , respectively, , respectively, quasilimit were introduced. It was conjectured in [34] that for every compact quantizable Kähler manifold, the Poisson algebra of functions is a quasilimit. In fact, the conjecture follows from Theorem 3.3; see [1, 35] for details.

3.7. The Noncompact Situation

Berezin-Toeplitz operators can be introduced for noncompact Kähler manifolds. In this case the spaces are the space of bounded sections and for the subspaces of holomorphic sections one can only consider the bounded holomorphic sections. Unfortunately, in this context the proofs of Theorem 3.3 do not work. One has to study examples or classes of examples case by case in order to see whether the corresponding properties are correct.

In the following, we give a very incomplete list of references. Berezin himself studied bounded complex-symmetric domains [36]. In this case the manifold is an open domain in . Instead of sections one studies functions which are integrable with respect to a suitable measure depending on . Then corresponds to the tensor power of our bundle. Such Toeplitz operators were studied extensively by Upmeier in a series of works [3740]. See also the book of Upmeier [41]. For see Berger and Coburn [42, 43]. Klimek and Lesniewski [44, 45] studied the Berezin-Toeplitz quantization on the unit disc. Using automorphic forms and the universal covering, they obtain results for Riemann surfaces of genus . The names of Borthwick, Klimek, Lesniewski, Rinaldi, and Upmeier should be mentioned in the context of BT quantization for Cartan domains and super Hermitian spaces.

A quite different approach to Berezin-Toeplitz quantization is based on the asymptotic expansion of the Bergman kernel outside the diagonal. This was also used by the author together with Karabegov [29] for the compact Kähler case. See Section 7 for some details. Engliš [46] showed similar results for bounded pseudoconvex domains in . Ma and Marinescu [18, 19] developed a theory of Bergman kernels for the symplectic case, which yields also results on the Berezin-Toeplitz operators for certain noncompact Kähler manifolds and even orbifolds.

4. Berezin-Toeplitz Deformation Quantization

There is another approach to quantization. Instead of assigning noncommutative operators to commuting functions, one might think about “deforming” the pointwise commutative multiplication of functions into a noncommutative product. It is required to remain associative, the commutator of two elements should relate to the Poisson bracket of the elements, and it should reduce in the “classical limit” to the commutative situation.

It turns out that such a deformation which is valid for all differentiable functions cannot exist. A way out is to enlarge the algebra of functions by considering formal power series over them and to deform the product inside this bigger algebra. A first systematic treatment and applications in physics of this idea were given in 1978 by Bayen et al. [47, 48]. There the notion of deformation quantization and star products were introduced. Earlier versions of these concepts were around due to Berezin [49], Moyal [50], and Weyl [51]. For a presentation of the history, see [24].

We will show that for compact Kähler manifolds , there is a natural star product.

4.1. Definition of Star Products

We start with a Poisson manifold , that is, a differentiable manifold with a Poisson bracket for the function such that is a Poisson algebra. Let be the algebra of formal power series in the variable over the algebra .

Definition 4.1. A product on is called a (formal) star product for (or for ) if it is an associative -linear product which is -adically continuous such that (1), that is, , (2), where .

Alternatively, we can write

with such that the are bilinear in the entries and . The conditions (1) and (2) can be reformulated as

By the -adic continuity, (4.1) fixes on . A (formal) deformation quantization is given by a (formal) star product. I will use both terms interchangeable.

There are certain additional conditions for a star product which are sometimes useful.

(1)We call it “null on constants” if , which is equivalent to the fact that the constant function will remain the unit in . In terms of the coefficients, it can be formulated as for . In this review, we always assume this to be the case for star products. (2)We call it self-adjoint if , where we assume . (3)We call it local if From the locality property, it follows that the are bidifferential operators and that the global star product defines for every open subset of a star product for the Poisson algebra . Such local star products are also called differential star products.
4.2. Existence of Star Products

In the usual setting of deformation theory, there always exists a trivial deformation. This is not the case here, as the trivial deformation of to , which is nothing else as extending the point-wise product to the power series, is not allowed as it does not fulfil Condition () in Definition 4.1 (at least not if the Poisson bracket is nontrivial). In fact, the existence problem is highly nontrivial. In the symplectic case, different existence proofs, from different perspectives, were given by Marc De Wilde and Lecomte [52], Omori et al. [53, 54], and Fedosov [55, 56]. The general Poisson case was settled by Kontsevich [57].

4.3. Equivalence and Classification of Star Products

Definition 4.2. Given a Poisson manifold . Two star products and associated to the Poisson structure are called equivalent if and only if there exists a formal series of linear operators with such that

For local star products in the general Poisson setting, there are complete classification results. Here I will only consider the symplectic case.

To each local star product , its Fedosov-Deligne class

can be assigned. Here denotes the 2nd deRham cohomology class of closed 2-forms modulo exact forms and the formal power series with such classes as coefficients. Such formal power series are called formal deRham classes. In general we will use for the cohomology class of a form .

This assignment gives a correspondence between the formal deRham classes and the equivalence classes of star products.

For contractible manifolds, we have and hence there is up to equivalence exactly one local star product. This yields that locally all local star products of a manifold are equivalent to a certain fixed one, which is called the Moyal product. For these and related classification results, see [5862].

4.4. Star Products with Separation of Variables

For our compact Kähler manifolds, we will have many different and even nonequivalent star products. The question is the following: is there a star product which is given in a natural way? The answer will be yes: the Berezin-Toeplitz star product to be introduced below. First we consider star products respecting the complex structure in a certain sense.

Definition 4.3 (Karabegov [63]). A star product is called star product with separation of variables if and only if for every locally defined holomorphic function , antiholomorphic function , and arbitrary function .

Recall that a local star product for defines a star product for every open subset of . We have just to take the bidifferential operators defining . Hence it makes sense to talk about -multiplying with local functions.

Proposition 4.4. A local product has the separation of variables property if and only if in the bidifferential operators for in the first argument only derivatives in holomorphic and in the second argument only derivatives in antiholomorphic directions appear.

In Karabegov's original notation the rôles of the holomorphic and antiholomorphic functions are switched. Bordemann and Waldmann [64] called such star products star products of Wick type. Both Karabegov and Bordemann-Waldmann proved that there exist for every Kähler manifold star products of separation of variables type. In Section 4.8, we will give more details on Karabegov's construction. Bordemann and Waldmann modified Fedosov's method [55, 56] to obtain such a star product. See also Reshetikhin and Takhtajan [65] for yet another construction. But I like to point out that in all these constructions the result is only a formal star product without any relation to an operator calculus, which will be given by the Berezin-Toeplitz star product introduced in the next section.

Another warning is in order. The property of being a star product of separation of variables type will not be kept by equivalence transformations.

4.5. Berezin-Toeplitz Star Product

Theorem 4.5. There exists a unique (formal) star product for in such a way that for and for every we have with suitable constants for all The star product is null on constants and self-adjoint.

This theorem has been proven immediately after [1] was finished. It has been announced in [66, 67] and the proof was written up in German in [35]. A complete proof published in English can be found in [30].

For simplicity we might write

but we will always assume the strong and precise statement of (4.9). The same is assumed for other asymptotic formulas appearing further down in this review.

Next we want to identify this star product. Let be the canonical line bundle of , that is, the exterior power of the holomorphic 1-differentials. The canonical class is the first Chern class of this line bundle, that is, . If we take in the fibre metric coming from the Liouville form , then this defines a unique connection and further a unique curvature -form . In our sign conventions, we have .

Together with Karabegov the author showed the following theorem.

Theorem 4.6 (see [29]). (a) The Berezin-Toeplitz star product is a local star product which is of separation of variable type.
(b) Its classifying Deligne-Fedosov class is
for the characteristic class of the star product .
(c) The classifying Karabegov form associated to the Berezin-Toeplitz star product is

The Karabegov form has not yet defined here. We will introduce it below in Section 4.8. Using -theoretic methods, the formula for was also given by Hawkins [68].

4.6. Star Product of Geometric Quantization

Tuynman's result (3.21) relates the operators of geometric quantization with Kähler polarization and the BT operators. As the latter define a star product, it can be used to give also a star product associated to geometric quantization. Details can be found in [30]. This star product will be equivalent to the BT star product, but it is not of the separation of variables type. The equivalence is given by the -linear map induced by

We obtain .

4.7. Trace for the BT Star Product

From (3.18) the following complete asymptotic expansion for can be deduced [30, 69]:

We define the -linear map

where the are given by the asymptotic expansion (4.14) for and for arbitrary elements by -linear extension.

Proposition 4.7 (see [30]). The map is a trace, that is, we have

4.8. Karabegov Quantization

In [63, 70] Karabegov not only gave the notion of separation of variables type, but also a proof of existence of such formal star products for any Kähler manifold, whether compact, noncompact, quantizable, or nonquantizable. Moreover, he classified them completely as individual star product not only up to equivalence.

He starts with a pseudo-Kähler manifold, that is, a complex manifold with a nondegenerate closed -form not necessarily positive.

A formal form is called a formal deformation of the form if the forms , are closed but not necessarily nondegenerate ()-forms on . It was shown in [63] that all deformation quantizations with separation of variables on the pseudo-Kähler manifold are bijectively parameterized by the formal deformations of the form .

Assume that we have such a star product . Then for the operators of left and right multiplications are given by . The associativity of the star-product is equivalent to the fact that commutes with for all . If a star product is differential, then are formal differential operators.

Karabegov constructs his star product associated to the deformation in the following way. First he chooses on every contractible coordinate chart (with holomorphic coordinates ) its formal potential

Then construction is done in such a way that we have for the left (right) multiplication operators on

The set of all left multiplication operators on is completely described as the set of all formal differential operators commuting with the point-wise multiplication operators by antiholomorphic coordinates and the operators . From the knowledge of , the star product on can be reconstructed. The local star-products agree on the intersections of the charts and define the global star-product on .

We have to mention that this original construction of Karabegov will yield a star product of separation of variable type but with the role of holomorphic and antiholomorphic variables switched. This says for any open subset and any holomorphic function and antiholomorphic function on that the operators and are the operators of point-wise multiplication by and , respectively, that is, and .

4.9. Karabegov's Formal Berezin Transform

Given such a star products , Karabegov introduced the formal Berezin transform as the unique formal differential operator on such that for any open subset , holomorphic functions , and antiholomorphic functions on , the relation holds (see [71]). He shows that , where is the Laplace operator corresponding to the pseudo-Kähler metric on .

Karabegov considered the following associated star products. First the dual star-product on is defined for by the formula

It is a star-product with separation of variables on the pseudo-Kähler manifold . Its formal Berezin transform equals , and thus the dual to is . Note that it is not a star product of the same pseudo-Kähler manifold. Denote by the formal form parameterizing the star-product .

Next, the opposite of the dual star-product, , is given by the formula

It defines a deformation quantization with separation of variables on , but with the roles of holomorphic and antiholomorphic variables swapped—with respect to . It could be described also as a deformation quantization with separation of variables on the pseudo-Kähler manifold , where is the manifold with the opposite complex structure. But now the pseudo-Kähler form will be the same. Indeed the formal Berezin transform establishes an equivalence of deformation quantizations and .

How is the relation to the Berezin-Toeplitz star product of Theorem 4.5? There exists a certain formal deformation of the form which yields a star product in the Karabegov sense. The opposite of its dual will be equal to the Berezin-Toeplitz star product, that is,

The classifying Karabegov form of will be the form (4.12). Note as and are equivalent via , we have ; see the formula (4.11). We will identify in Section 7.5.

5. The Disc Bundle and Global Operators

In this section, we identify the bundles over the Kähler manifold as associated line bundles of one unique -bundle over . The Toeplitz operator will appear as “modes” of a global Toeplitz operator. A detailed analysis of this global operator will yield a proof of Theorem 3.3 part (b) and part (c).

Moreover, we will need this set-up to discuss coherent states, Berezin symbols, and the Berezin transform in the next sections. For a more detailed presentation, see [35].

5.1. The Disc Bundle

We will assume that the quantum line bundle is already very ample, that is, it has enough global holomorphic sections to embed into projective space. From the bundle (as the connection will not be needed anymore, I will drop it in the notation), we pass to its dual with dual metric . Inside of the total space , we consider the circle bundle

the (open) disc bundle, and (closed) disc bundle, respectively

Let be the projection (maybe restricted to the subbundles).

For the projective space with the hyperplane section bundle as quantum line bundle, the bundle is just the tautological bundle. Its fibre over the point consists of the line in which is represented by . In particular, for the projective space the total space of with the zero section removed can be identified with . The same picture remains true for the via the very ample quantum line bundle in projective space embedded manifold . The quantum line bundle will be the pull-back of (i.e., its restriction to the embedded manifold) and its dual is the pull-back of the tautological bundle.

In the following we use to denote the total space of a vector bundle with the image of the zero section removed. Starting from the real-valued function on , we define on (the derivation is taken with respect to the complex structure on ) and denote by its restriction to . With the help of the quantization condition (2.4), we obtain (with the deRham differential ) and that in fact is a volume form on . Indeed is a contact form for the contact manifold . As far as the integration is concerned we get

Recall that is the Liouville volume form on .

5.2. The Generalized Hardy Space

With respect to , we take the -completion of the space of functions on . The generalized Hardy space is the closure of the space of those functions in which can be extended to holomorphic functions on the whole disc bundle . The generalized Szegö projector is the projection

By the natural circle action, the bundle is an -bundle and the tensor powers of can be viewed as associated line bundles. The space is preserved by the -action. It can be decomposed into eigenspaces , where acts on as multiplication by . The Szegö projector is invariant and can be decomposed into its components, the Bergman projectors

Sections of can be identified with functions on which satisfy the equivariance condition , that is, which are homogeneous of degree . This identification is given via the map

which turns out to be an isometry onto its image. On , we have the scalar product (3.2). Restricted to the holomorphic sections, we obtain the isometry

In the case of , this correspondence is nothing else as the identification of the global sections of the tensor powers of the hyper plane section bundle with the homogenous polynomial functions of degree on .

5.3. The Toeplitz Structure

There is the notion of Toeplitz structure as developed by Boutet de Monvel and Guillemin in [28, 72]. I do not want to present the general theory but only the specialization to our situation. Here is the Szegö projector (5.4) and is the submanifold

of the tangent bundle of defined with the help of the 1-form . It turns out that is a symplectic submanifold, called a symplectic cone.

A (generalized) Toeplitz operator of order is an operator of the form , where is a pseudodifferential operator (DO) of order on . The Toeplitz operators constitute a ring. The symbol of is the restriction of the principal symbol of (which lives on ) to . Note that is not fixed by , but Guillemin and Boutet de Monvel showed that the symbols are well defined and that they obey the same rules as the symbols of DOs. In particular, the following relations are valid:

Here is the restriction of the canonical Poisson structure of to coming from the canonical symplectic form on .

5.4. A Sketch of the Proof of Theorem 3.3

For this we need only to consider the following two generalized Toeplitz operators.

(1)The generator of the circle action gives the operator , where is the angular variable. It is an operator of order 1 with symbol . It operates on as multiplication by . (2)For , let be the operator on corresponding to multiplication with . We set As is constant along the fibres of , the operator commutes with the circle action. Hence we can decompose where denotes the restriction of to . After the identification of with , we see that these are exactly the Toeplitz operators introduced in Section 3. We call the global Toeplitz operator and the the local Toeplitz operators. The operator is of order . Let us denote by the composition, then we obtain for its symbol .

Now we are able to prove (3.10). First we introduce for a fixed

It turns out that . The commutator is a Toeplitz operator of order . From the above, we obtain with (5.9) that the symbol of the commutator equals

We consider the Toeplitz operator

Formally this is an operator of order 1. Using and , we see that its principal symbol vanishes. Hence it is an operator of order 0. Now and hence also are compact manifolds. This implies that is a bounded operator (DOs of order 0 on compact manifolds are bounded). It is obviously -invariant and we can write , where is the restriction of on the space . For the norms we get . But

Taking the norm bound and dividing it by , we get part (b) of Theorem 3.3. Using (5.7), the norms involved indeed coincide.

Quite similar, one can prove part (c) of Theorem 3.3 and more general the existence of the coefficients for the Berezin-Toeplitz star product of Theorem 4.5. See [30, 35] for the details.

6. Coherent States and Berezin Symbols

6.1. Coherent States

Let the situation be as in the previous section. In particular, is assumed to be already very ample, is the dual of the quantum line bundle, the unit circle bundle, and the projection. In particular, recall the correspondence (5.6) of -homogeneous functions on with sections of . To obtain this correspondence, we fixed the section and varied .

Now we do the opposite. We fix and vary the section . Obviously, this yields a linear form on and hence with the help of the scalar product (3.2), we make the following.

Definition 6.1. (a) The coherent vector (of level m) associated to the point is the unique element of such that
for all .
(b) The coherent state (of level m) associated to is the projective class

Of course, we have to show that the object in (b) is well defined. Recall that denotes the scalar product on the space of global sections . In the convention of this review, it will be antilinear in the first argument and linear in the second argument. The coherent vectors are antiholomorphic in and fulfil

Note that would imply that all sections will vanish at the point . Hence, the sections of cannot be used to embed into a projective space, which is a contradiction to the very ampleness of . Hence, and due to (6.3) the class

is a well-defined element of the projective space , only depending on .

This kind of coherent states goes back to Berezin. A coordinate independent version and extensions to line bundles were given by Rawnsley [73]. It plays an important role in the work of Cahen et al. on the quantization of Kähler manifolds [7477], via Berezin's covariant symbols. I will return to this in Section 6.5. In these works, the coherent vectors are parameterized by the elements of . The definition here uses the points of the total space of the dual bundle . It has the advantage that one can consider all tensor powers of together on an equal footing.

Definition 6.2. The coherent state embedding is the antiholomorphic embedding

Here . In this review, in abuse of notation, will always denote a non-zero element of the fiber over . The coherent state embedding is up to conjugation the embedding of Section 2.9 with respect to an orthonormal basis of the sections. In [78] further results on the geometry of the coherent state embedding are given.

6.2. Covariant Berezin Symbols

We start with the following definition.

Definition 6.3. The covariant Berezin symbol (of level ) of an operator is defined as

As the factors appearing in (6.3) will cancel, it is a well-defined function on . If the level is clear from the context, I will sometimes drop it in the notation.

We consider also the coherent projectors used by Rawnsley

Here we used the convenient bra-ket notation of the physicists. Recall, if is a section, then

Again the projector is well defined on . With its help, the covariant symbol can be expressed as

From the definition of the symbol, it follows that is real analytic and

6.3. Rawnsley's Function

Rawnsley [73] introduced a very helpful function on the manifold relating the local metric in the bundle with the scalar product on coherent states. In our dual description, we define it in the following way.

Definition 6.4. Rawnsley's epsilon function is the function

With (6.3), it is clear that it is a well-defined function on . Furthermore, using (6.1)

it follows that

Hence, we can define the modified measure

for the space of functions on and obtain a modified scalar product for .

Proposition 6.5. For we have

Proof. Due to (6.13), we can represent every section locally at as with a local function . Now We rewrite , and obtain From the definition (6.11), the first relation follows. Obviously, it can be rewritten with the coherent projector to obtain the second relation.

There exists another useful description of the epsilon function.

Proposition 6.6. Let be an arbitrary orthonormal basis of . Then

Proof. For every vector in a finite-dimensional hermitian vector space with orthonormal basis the coefficient with respect to the basis element is given by . Furthermore, . Using the relation (6.15) we can rewrite Hence the claim follows.

In certain special cases, the functions will be constant as a function of the points of the manifold. In this case, we can apply Proposition 6.11 below for , the identity operator, and obtain

Here denotes the volume of the manifold with respect to the Liouville measure. Now the question arises when will be constant, respectively, when the measure will be the standard measure (up to a scalar). From Proposition 6.6, it follows that if there is a transitive group action on the manifold and everything, for example, Kähler form, bundle, metric, is homogenous with respect to the action this will be the case. An example is given by . By a result of Rawnsley [73], respectively, Cahen et al. [74], if and only if the quantization is projectively induced. This means that under the conjugate of the coherent state embedding, the Kähler form of coincides with the pull-back of the Fubini-Study form. Note that in general this is not the case; see Section 7.6.

6.4. Contravariant Berezin Symbols

Recall the modified Liouville measure (6.14) and modified scalar product for the functions on introduced in the last subsection.

Definition 6.7. Given an operator then a contravariant Berezin symbol of is defined by the representation of the operator as integral if such a representation exists.

Proposition 6.8. The Toeplitz operator admits a representation (6.21) with that is, the function is a contravariant symbol of the Toeplitz operator . Moreover, every operator has a contravariant symbol.

Proof. Let and set then . For arbitrary we calculate (using (6.15)) Hence . As the Toeplitz map is surjective (Proposition 3.6), every operator is a Toeplitz operator, hence has a contravariant symbol.

Note that given an operator its contravariant symbol on a fixed level is not uniquely defined.

We introduce on the Hilbert-Schmidt norm

Theorem 6.9. The Toeplitz map and the covariant symbol map are adjoint:

Proof. Now applying Definition 6.7 and (6.10)

As every operator has a contravariant symbol, we can also conclude

From Theorem 6.9 by using the surjectivity of the Toeplitz map, we get the following proposition.

Proposition 6.10. The covariant symbol map is injective.

Another application is the following.

Proposition 6.11.

Proof. We use and by (6.26) .

6.5. Berezin Star Product

Under certain very restrictive conditions, Berezin covariant symbols can be used to construct a star product, called the Berezin star product. Recall that Proposition 6.10 says that the linear symbol map

is injective. Its image is a subspace of , called the subspace of covariant symbols of level . If and are elements of this subspace the operators, and will be uniquely fixed. Hence also . Now one takes

as a definition for an associative and noncommutative product on .

It is even possible to give an analytic expression for the resulting symbol. For this we introduce the two-point function

with and . This function is well defined on . Furthermore, we have the two-point symbol

It is the analytic extension of the real-analytic covariant symbol. It is well defined on an open dense subset of containing the diagonal. Using (6.15), we express

The crucial problem is how to relate different levels to define for all possible symbols a unique product not depending on . In certain special situations like these studied by Berezin himself [36] and Cahen et al. [74], the subspaces are nested into each other and the union is a dense subalgebra of . Indeed, in the cases considered, the manifold is a homogenous manifold and the epsilon function is a constant. A detailed analysis shows that in this case a star product is given.

For further examples, for which this method works (not necessarily compact), see other articles by Cahen et al. [7577]. For related results, see also work of Moreno and Ortega-Navarro [79, 80]. In particular, also the work of Engliš [46, 8183]. Reshetikhin and Takhtajan [65] gave a construction of a (formal) star product using formal integrals in the spirit of the Berezin's covariant symbol construction.

7. Berezin Transform

7.1. The Definition

Starting from we can assign to it its Toeplitz operator and then assign to the covariant symbol . It is again an element of .

Definition 7.1. The map is called the Berezin transform (of level ).

From the point of view of Berezin's approach, the operator has as a contravariant symbol . Hence gives a correspondence between contravariant symbols and covariant symbols of operators. The Berezin transform was introduced and studied by Berezin [36] for certain classical symmetric domains in . These results were extended by Unterberger and Upmeier [84]; see also Engliš [46, 81, 82] and Engliš and Peetre [85]. Obviously, the Berezin transform makes perfect sense in the compact Kähler case which we consider here.

7.2. The Asymptotic Expansion

The results presented here are joint work with Karabegov [29<