The purpose of this book is to give a streamlined introduction to the theory of (not necessarily symmetric) Dirichlet forms on general state spaces. It includes both the analytic and the probabilistic part of the theory up to and including the construction of an associated Markov process. It is based on recent joint work of S. Albeverio and the two authors and on a one-year-course on Dirichlet forms taught by the second named author at the University of Bonn in 1990/9l. It addresses both researchers and graduate students who require a quick but complete introduction to the theory. Prerequisites are a basic course in probabil ity theory (including elementary martingale theory up to the optional sampling theorem) and a sound knowledge of measure theory (as, for example, to be found in Part I of H. Bauer [B 78]). Furthermore, an elementary course on lin ear operators on Banach and Hilbert spaces (but without spectral theory) and a course on Markov processes would be helpful though most of the material needed is included here.
0 Introduction.- I Functional Analytic Background.- 1 Resolvents, semigroups, generators.- 2 Coercive bilinear forms.- 3 Closability.- 4 Contraction properties.- 5 Notes/References.- II Examples.- 1 Starting point: operator.- 2 Starting point: bilinear form - finite dimensional case.- 3 Starting point: bilinear form - infinite dimensional case.- 4 Starting point: semigroup of kernels.- 5 Starting point: resolvent of kernels.- 6 Notes/References.- III Analytic Potential Theory of Dirichlet Forms.- 1 Excessive functions and balayage.- 2 ?-exceptional sets and capacities.- 3 Quasi-continuity.- 4 Notes/References.- IV Markov Processes and Dirichlet Forms.- 1 Basics on Markov processes.- 2 Association of right processes and Dirichlet forms.- 3 Quasi-regularity and the construction of the process.- 4 Examples of quasi-regular Dirichlet forms.- 5 Necessity of quasi-regularity and some probabilistic potential theory.- 6 One-to-one correspondences.- 7 Notes/References.- V Characterization of Particular Processes.- 1 Local property and diffusions.- 2 A new capacity and Hunt processes.- 3 Notes/References.- VI Regularization.- 1 Local compactification.- 2 Consequences - the transfer method.- 3 Notes/References.- A Some Complements.- 1 Adjoint operators.- 2 The Banach/Alaoglu and Banach/Saks theorems.- 3 Supplement on Ray resolvents and right processes.