Comparative study of oscillatory integral, and sub-level set, operator norm estimates
Kowalski, Michael Władisław
Oscillatory integral operators have been of interest to both mathematicians and physicists ever since the emergence of the work Theorie Analytique de la Chaleur of Joseph Fourier in 1822, in which his chief concern was to give a mathematical account of the diffusion of heat. For example, oscillatory integrals naturally arise when one studies the behaviour at infinity of the Fourier transform of a Borel measure that is supported on a certain hypersurface. One reduces the study of such a problem to that of having to obtain estimates on oscillatory integrals. However, sub-level set operators have only come to the fore at the end of the 20th Century, where it has been discovered that the decay rates of the oscillatory integral I(lambda) above may be obtainable once the measure of the associated sub-level sets are known. This discovery has been fully developed in a paper of A. Carbery, M. Christ and J.Wright. A principal goal of this thesis is to explore certain uniformity issues arising in the study of sub-level set estimates.