 07127 Fritz Gesztesy, Alexander Pushnitski, and Barry Simon
 On the Koplienko Spectral Shift Function, I. Basics
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Abstract. We study the Koplienko Spectral Shift Function (KoSSF), which is distinct from the one of Krein (KrSSF). KoSSF is defined for pairs $A,B$ with $(AB)\in\calI_2$, the HilbertSchmidt operators, while KrSSF is defined for pairs $A,B$ with $(AB)\in\calI_1$, the trace class operators. We review various aspects of the construction of both KoSSF and KrSSF. Among our new results are: (i) that any positive Riemann integrable function of compact support occurs as a KoSSF; (ii) that there exist $A,B$ with $(AB)\in\calI_2$ so $\det_2((Az)(Bz)^{1})$ does not have nontangential boundary values; (iii) an alternative definition of KoSSF in the unitary case; and (iv) a new proof of the invariance of the a.c. spectrum under $\calI_1$perturbations that uses the KrSSF.
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