# Writing determinant as traces

1. Dec 2, 2012

### rbwang1225

I am reading the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/9701037.
In equation (2), the author write the determinat as traces, but I don't know how to do this.
I know that $det(e^A)=e^{tr(A)}$, where $A$ is a complex matrix, and $det(A)=e^{tr(L)}$, where $e^L=A$ and $L$ is also a complex matrix.
The problem becomes how to find the logrithm of the matrix $g_{mn}+i$$\tilde{F}_{mn}$.
Above is what I can figure out now.

Any help would be vary appreciated!
Regards.

2. Dec 18, 2012

### scottbekerham

You can always post any question you have on math stackexchange .You will get responses more quickly