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We show how the classical polylogarithm function Lis (z) and its relatives, the Hurwitz zeta function and the Lerch function are all of a spectral nature, and can explain many properties of the complex powers of the Laplacian on the circle and of the distribution (x +i0)s .We also make a relation with a result of Keiper [Fractional Calculus and its relationship to Riemann’s zeta function, Master of Science, Ohio State University, Mathematics (1975)].


This article was originally published in Quantum Studies: Mathematics and Foundations in 2024.

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