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How to understand spectral decomposition geometrically

Let $A$ be a $k\times k$ positive definite symmetric matrix. By spectral decomposition, we have $$A = \lambda_1e_1e_1'+ ... + \lambda_ke_ke_k'$$ and $$A^{-1} = ...
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Changing the manifold, preserving the discrete spectrum

On a Riemannian manifold $M$, the Laplace operator $L$ is uniquely defined. If $M$ is not compact, then $L$ admits a continuous spectrum. Is there a way of "changing" $M$ and/or $L$ in say $M'$ ...