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In mathematics, an automorphic L-function is a function L(s,π,r) of a complex variable s, associated to an automorphic representation π of a reductive group G over a global field and a finite-dimensional complex representation r of the Langlands dual group LG of G, generalizing the Dirichlet L-series of a Dirichlet character and the Mellin transform of a modular form. They were introduced by Langlands (1967, 1970, 1971).

Borel (1979) and Arthur & Gelbart (1991) gave surveys of automorphic L-functions.
Properties

Automorphic L-functions should have the following properties (which have been proved in some cases but are still conjectural in other cases).

The L-function $$L(s,\pi ,r)}$$ should be a product over the places v of F of local L functions.

$$L(s,\pi ,r)=\Pi L(s,\pi _{v},r_{v})}$$

Here the automorphic representation $$\pi =\otimes \pi _{v}}$$ is a tensor product of the representations $$\pi _{v}$$ of local groups.

The L-function is expected to have an analytic continuation as a meromorphic function of all complex s, and satisfy a functional equation

$$L(s,\pi ,r)=\epsilon (s,\pi ,r)L(1-s,\pi ,r^{\lor })}$$

where the factor $$\epsilon (s,\pi ,r)}$$ is a product of "local constants"

$$\epsilon (s,\pi ,r)=\Pi \epsilon (s,\pi _{v},r_{v},\psi _{v})}$$

almost all of which are 1.
General linear groups

Godement & Jacquet (1972) constructed the automorphic L-functions for general linear groups with r the standard representation (so-called standard L-functions) and verified analytic continuation and the functional equation, by using a generalization of the method in Tate's thesis. Ubiquitous in the Langlands Program are Rankin-Selberg products of representations of GL(m) and GL(n). The resulting Rankin-Selberg L-functions satisfy a number of analytic properties, their functional equation being first proved via the Langlands–Shahidi method.

In general, the Langlands functoriality conjectures imply that automorphic L-functions of a connected reductive group are equal to products of automorphic L-functions of general linear groups. A proof of Langlands functoriality would also lead towards a thorough understanding of the analytic properties of automorphic L-functions.

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