Conformal Geometry and Schrödinger Model of Minimal Representations (opening lecture). Conference in honor of Bent Ørsted's 60th birthday: Representations, Lie groups, and Conformal Geometry. Göttingen, Germany, 6-10 April 2009.

Minimal representations are the ''smallest'' infinite dimensional unitary representations. The Weil representation, which plays a prominent role in number theory, is a classic example. Most of these are isolated among the set of all unitary representations, and cannot be built up by induction.

Highlighting indefinite orthogonal groups, I plan to discuss two models of minimal representations, namely, the one is the conformal geometric construction by using the Yamabe operator, and the other is an analogue of the Schrödinger model. The latter model leads us to a natural generalization of the ''Fourier transform'' on the isotropic cone.

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