We give a complete classification of conformally covariant differential operators between the spaces of i-forms on the sphere Sn and j-forms on the totally geodesic hypersphere Sn-1. Moreover, we find explicit formulæ for these new matrix-valued operators in the flat coordinates in terms of basic operators in differential geometry and classical orthogonal polynomials. We also establish matrix-valued factorization identities among all possible combinations of conformally covariant differential operators. The main machinery of the proof is the “F-method" based on the “algebraic Fourier transform of Verma modules" (Kobayashi-Pevzner [Selecta Math. 2016]) and its extension to matrix-valued case developed here. A short summary of the main results was announced in [C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, 2016].
© Toshiyuki Kobayashi