## Abstract

The Punk transform is the integral transform from the space of smooth even functions on the unit sphere S-2 subset of R-3 to itself defined by integration over great circles. One can regard this transform as a limit in a certain sense of the Penrose transform from CP2 to CP2* . We exploit this viewpoint by developing a new proof of the bijectivity of the Funk transform which proceeds by considering the cohomology of a certain involutive (or formally integrable) structure on an intermediate space. This is the simplest example of what we hope will prove to be a general method of obtaining results in real integral geometry by means of complex holomorphic methods derived from the Penrose transform.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 67-81 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Journal | Mathematical Proceedings of The Cambridge Philosophical Society |

Volume | 125 |

Publication status | Published - Jan 1999 |

## Keywords

- FIELDS