On Selberg's small eigenvalue conjecture and residual eigenvalues

Morten S. Risager 1
  • 1 Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark


We show that Selberg's eigenvalue conjecture concerning small eigenvalues of the automorphic Laplacian for congruence groups is equivalent to a conjecture about the non-existence of residual eigenvalues for a perturbed system. We prove this using a combination of methods from asymptotic perturbation theory and number theory.

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