Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

Research Article

Limits of commutative triangular systems on real and p-adic groups

Riddhi Shaha1

a1 School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road. Bombay 400 005, India

A fundamental theorem of Khinchin says that every limit of an infinitesimal triangular system of probability measures on R is infinitely divisible. This was generalized to all divisible locally compact second countable abelian groups by Parthasarathy et al. (cf. [PRV]). Recently, Ruzsa eliminated the second countability condition and also proved the theorem for all Banach spaces (cf. [R2]). A similar theorem was also proved by Gangolli for certain symmetric spaces (cf. [G]). A result of Carnal shows that infinite divisibility of limits holds for commutative infinitesimal triangular systems on compact groups (cf. [C]). The same was recently proved by Neuenschwander for simply connected step-2 nilpotent Lie groups, provided the system is symmetric or supported on a discrete subgroup (cf. [N]).

(Received September 29 1993)

(Revised January 09 1995)