$\zeta$-regularised spectral determinants on metric graphs

Christophe Texier 1, 2

Journal of Physics A Mathematical and Theoretical 43 (2010) 425203

Several general results for the spectral determinant of the Schrödinger operator on metric graphs are reviewed. Then, a simple derivation for the $\zeta$-regularised spectral determinant is proposed, based on the Roth trace formula. Two types of boundary conditions are studied: functions continuous at the vertices and functions whose derivative is continuous at the vertices. The $\zeta$-regularised spectral determinant of the Schrödinger operator acting on functions with the most general boundary conditions is conjectured in conclusion. The relation to the Ihara, Bass and Bartholdi formulae obtained for combinatorial graphs is also discussed.

  • 1. Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Modèles Statistiques (LPTMS),
    CNRS : UMR8626 – Université Paris XI – Paris Sud
  • 2. Laboratoire de Physique des Solides (LPS),
    CNRS : UMR8502 – Université Paris XI – Paris Sud
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