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# Phillip Andreae : Spectral geometry and topology; Euler characteristic and analytic torsion

What do eigenvalues have to do with geometry and topology? The first part of the talk will provide a few answers to that very broad question, including a discussion of the Euler characteristic from a spectral theory perspective. The second part of the talk will be a brief introduction to my research in analytic torsion, a topological invariant defined in terms of eigenvalues. In particular I'll explain some similarities and differences between analytic torsion and Euler characteristic.

**Category**: Graduate/Faculty Seminar**Duration**: 01:14:36**Date**: April 25, 2016 at 11:55 AM**Views**: 208-
**Tags:**seminar, Graduate/faculty Seminar

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