The Rankin-Selberg method for automorphic distributions
 Wilfried Schmid (Harvard)

Rankin and Selberg separately proved the holomorphic continuation and functional equation of what, in retrospect, can be called the Langlands L-function of the tensor product of two holomorphic discrete series representations of SL(2,R). The method has been adapted to the GL(n) x GL(m), exterior square, and symmetric square L-functions for GL(n). After recounting the existing results, I shall describe an adaptation of the Rankin-Selberg method to automorphic distributions, which has led to new results. This is joint work with Steve Miller.

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