We study the manner in which a sequence of spectral shift functions associated with abstract pairs of self-adjoint operators in Hilbert spaces , , converge to a limiting spectral shift function associated with a pair in the limiting Hilbert space as (mimicking the infinite volume limit in concrete applications to multi-dimensional Schrödinger operators). Our techniques rely on a Fredholm determinant approach combined with certain measure theoretic facts. In particular, we show that prior vague convergence results for spectral shift functions in the literature actually extend to the notion of weak convergence. More precisely, in the concrete case of multi-dimensional Schrödinger operators on a sequence of domains exhausting as , we extend the convergence of associated spectral shift functions from vague to weak convergence and also from Dirichlet boundary conditions to more general self-adjoint boundary conditions on .
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Fritz Gesztesy, Roger Nichols, An abstract approach to weak convergence of spectral shift functions and applications to multi-dimensional Schrödinger operators. J. Spectr. Theory 2 (2012), no. 3, pp. 225–266DOI 10.4171/JST/28