Osaka Journal of Mathematics

Zeta determinant and operator determinants

Mauro Spreafico

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We apply techniques of zeta functions and regularized products theory to study the zeta determinant of a class of abstract operators with compact resolvent, and in particular the relation with other spectral functions.

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Osaka J. Math., Volume 48, Number 1 (2011), 41-50.

First available in Project Euclid: 22 March 2011

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Primary: 58J52: Determinants and determinant bundles, analytic torsion
Secondary: 58J40: Pseudodifferential and Fourier integral operators on manifolds [See also 35Sxx] 11M36: Selberg zeta functions and regularized determinants; applications to spectral theory, Dirichlet series, Eisenstein series, etc. Explicit formulas


Spreafico, Mauro. Zeta determinant and operator determinants. Osaka J. Math. 48 (2011), no. 1, 41--50.

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