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Volume 3, Issue 1, 2006, pp. 511–552
DOI: 10.4171/OWR/2006/09

Published online: 2006-12-31

Miniworkshop: L2-Spectral Invariants and the Integrated Density of States

Jozef Dodziuk[1], H. Daniel Lenz[2], Thomas Schick[3] and Ivan Veselić[4]

(1) The CUNY Graduate Center, New York, United States
(2) Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
(3) Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
(4) Technische Universität Chemnitz, Germany

Both the study of $L^2$-spectral invariants in geometry and the investigation of the integrated density of states in mathematical physics have attracted much attention in recent years. While the two topics are strongly related, the corresponding communities are rather unaware of each others work and methods. The main aim of this mini-workshop was to bring together people from both fields and provide a basis for interaction.

Accordingly, the first two days of the conference were spent with survey talks solicited by the organizers to highlight concepts and methods. There were 9 such talks with durations between 60 and 90 minutes. The second half of the conference was devoted to more detailed investigations. Most participants used the opportunity to present their current research in the area of the meeting. There were 13 such talks.

The results presented in those talks contained significant contributions e.g.~to the Atiyah conjecture about integrality of $L^2$-Betti numbers for a completely new class of groups by Peter Linnell, a mathematically rigorous derivation using von Neumann traces of the asymptotics of the specific heat near absolute zero by Mikhael Shubin, and approximation results for the integrated density of states in various new contexts.

Altogether the conference was attended by 17 participants.

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Dodziuk Jozef, Lenz H. Daniel, Schick Thomas, Veselić Ivan: Miniworkshop: L2-Spectral Invariants and the Integrated Density of States. Oberwolfach Rep. 3 (2006), 511-552. doi: 10.4171/OWR/2006/09