In mathematics, a differential operator is an operator defined as a function of the differentiation operator. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_operator)

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Applications of Pseudodifferential Operators

I am very interested in just about anything that has to do with PDE's, and inevitably pseudodifferential operators comes up. Its obvious that such a novel way of looking at PDE's would be important, ...
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Notation of the differential operator

I see the differential operator both with upright and italic d in different books/articles. So I'm curious about $$ \int x^2 \, dx \quad \text{vs.} \quad \int x^2\, \mathrm{d}x,$$ and ...
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Are there n-th roots of differential operators?

In analogy to a Dirac operator, it seems to me that formally, the equation $$\frac{\partial^n}{\partial x^n}f(x,y)=D_yf(x,y)$$ is solved by $$f(x,y)=\exp{(x \sqrt[n]{D_y})}\ g(y).$$ Is there a ...
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Determining the action of the operator $D\left(z, \frac d{dz}\right)$

This question was motivated by a question by Tobias Kienzler and its wonderful answers. I begin as in the linked question... Using the Taylor expansion $$f(z+a) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty ...
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How to prove $(0,1)$ form is not $\overline\partial$-exact

On a complex manifold, if we are dealing with the $d$ operator, there's a pretty easy way of showing some form is not $d$-exact, simply by integrating in a closed loop. If you can find a loop that is ...
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Differential operator and kernel

Let $P$ a polynomial of two variables, say over the field of real numbers. We define $\partial P$ as $P(\partial_x,\partial_y)$. In this question, it has been shown that if $P_0(x,y)=x^2+y^2$ and ...
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When do Harmonic polynomials constitute the kernel of a differential operator?

Let $f$ be a real polynomial of two variables. Let $\partial_f=f\left(\frac{\partial}{\partial x},\frac{\partial}{\partial y}\right)$. Let $H$ denote the space of harmonic polynomials, i.e., ...
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How to show that differential operator can be defined in terms of certain commutator operators

Let $U$ be any open subset of $\mathbb{R}^n$ (or, more general, of some smooth manifold). Define $\mathcal{D}_{-1}(U):=\{0\}$. For any two linear operators $A$ and $B$, the commutator operator $[A,B]$ ...
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Definition of the principal symbol of a differential operator on a real vector bundle.

I'm trying to understand the construction of the dirac operator on a manifold, but actually I guess that doesn't really matter for the question at stake. I'm interested in understanding a definition ...
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What is the mathematical truth behind the Leibniz notation in differentiating twice or more?

So $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is $n>1$ (or more) times differentiable. The notation of the first derivative makes perfect "sense" with regard to what's going on: $$\lim_{h \to 0} ...
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differential operator on manifold

I am currently trying to understand the local expression of a (pseudo)differential operator $$ \int_{R^n} e^{(x - y)\cdot \xi} \sigma(x,\xi) \, d \xi $$ on a manifold $M$ (compact and boundaryless, ...
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Linear transformations in infinite dimensional vector spaces

If we look at an $n$ - dimensional vector space $V$ and a linear transformation \begin{equation} T : V \to V, \quad x \mapsto Tx \quad \forall \, x \in V \end{equation} then given a choice of basis ...
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Linear operators on $C^\infty[a,b]$

I do not know too much about linear operators so forgive me if this doesn't make much sense, but what would the space of linear operators on $C^\infty[a,b]$ be defined as? If we denote this space as ...
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Pseudo-differential operators

What is the meaning of the formula $\sigma (PQ)=\sum \frac{1}{\alpha!}\partial _{\xi }^{\alpha}pD_{x}^{\alpha}q\; ;\;\; \sigma (Q)=q,\;\;\; \sigma (P)=p$ if the series on right side is infinite? ...
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Elliptic and Fredholm partial differential operators

As I learn from the comments to this question a non elliptic operator on a compact manifold can not be a fredholm operator. On the other hand it seems that the following operator is fredholm(At ...
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Decomposition of Laplacian into tangental and normal components w.r.t. submanifold

If I have the covariant Laplacian operator acting on a tensor e.g. $\nabla^2 h_{\mu\nu}$ on a (pseudo-Riemannian) manifold, and I have (say a codimension-2) submanifold, how can I "decompose" the ...
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Question about a (relatively simple looking) differential operator and its eigenvalues

A colleague and I are interested in a specific differential operator on the reals. The differential operator L is of the form $L=-(1+x^{2})\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}+c_{1}x\frac{d}{dx}+c_{2}x^{2}$ for ...
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Complex differential geometric form of the Grothendieck–Hirzebruch–Riemann–Roch theorem

From the wikipedia article, it seems that there should be a differential geometric form of the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem with schemes replaced by complex manifolds and quasi-coherent sheaves ...
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Proving continuity on spaces of distributions?

Let $\mathcal{D}'(\Omega)$ be the space of distributions on an open set $\Omega$, and $\mathcal{E}'(\Omega)$ the compactly supported ones. When you have a linear operator ...
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Find $a_{n,i,j}$ in the expansion $(x + D)^n = \sum\limits_{i,j} a_{n,i,j} x^i D^j.$

This is problem 47c. in Stanley's Enumerative Combinatorics Vol. 1. Background: Let $D$ be the operator $\frac{d}{dx}$. Part (a) asks to prove $$ (xD)^n = \sum\limits_{k = 0}^n S(n,k)x^k D^k $$ ...
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How to prove convergent function imply its derivative equals to zero?

Let $f\colon (0,\infty) \to\Bbb R$ be differentiable and let $A$ and $B$ be real numbers. Prove that if $f(t) \to A$ and $f′(t) \to B$ as $t \to \infty$ then $B = 0$.
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Simple proof of Chain Rule through $\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \frac{dy}{dx}\biggr|_{x=x_1} + k$

In an online lecture (link to Youtube), the professor proves the Chain Rule using the following statement: $$\frac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \frac{dy}{dx}\biggr|_{x=x_1} + k$$ $$\Delta y = ...
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Composition of pseudo-differential operators

Denote by $S^m$ the set of functions $p: \mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{C}$ such that $p \in C^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^n)$ and $$\left| ...
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What does it mean for the leading symbol of a differential operator to be scalar?

I would like to better understand what it means for the leading symbol of a differential operator to be scalar. Concretely, I am currently looking at the Laplace - Beltrami operator on an ...
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Abstract definition of a differential operator

In Kolar, Michor, and Slovak, a differential operator is said to be a rule transforming sections of a fibred manifold $Y \to M$ into sections of another fibred manifold $Y' \to M'$. Is this is a ...
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Applications of Microfunctions

Can anyone suggest good (a) uses/applications or (b) construction of micro-functions (introduced by Mikio Sato in 1971) in analysis? I am trying to understand the subject better. Suggestions of ...
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Selfadjointness of Coulomb Hamiltonian in d>=3 dimensions

I know that the Coulomb-Hamiltonian $H=-\Delta - |\cdot|^{-1}$ is self-adjoint with $dom(H)=H^2(\mathbb R^3)$. This follows by the Kato-Rellich-Theorem. Has the corresponding quadratic form a form ...
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Space of Differential Operators

Is is possible to talk about a "space of differential operators"? If one defined such a space would it be possible to talk about limits? I don't really have much background so I'm really just looking ...
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Question about differential operators

Say $N = ab$. How can I express $\frac{d}{dN}$ in terms of $\frac{d}{da}$ and $\frac{d}{db}$?
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Divergence of stress tensor in momentum transfer equation

Let suppose that we work in a 2D cartesian coordinates. what will be x and y components of $\nabla.\left[-p I+\mu \left(\nabla \text{u}+(\nabla \text{u})^T\right)-\frac{2}{3} \mu (\nabla.\text{u}) I ...
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Subset of differential operators is a finitely generated module?

I was reading about differential operators, and there is a small claim I don't understand. First, let $A$ be a commutative algebra over $k$, a field. We have the recursive definition for the algebra ...
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What is the significance of the integral of the Hessian determinant?

The integral of a function over some region measures the total value of the function in that region: $$T(u)=\int u\thinspace\mathrm{d}V$$ The integral of the squared norm of the gradient of the ...
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Metric tensors and linear (differential) operators defined on a manifold and its osculating sphere

Given a 1D Riemannian manifold $\Gamma$ embedded in 2D Euclidean space (e.g. a parametric curve on a plane $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ ), and point $x_{0}\in \Gamma$, we denote $S^{1}(x_{0})$ the circle ...
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Is it possible to construct a 1-D linear differential operator with given spectrum $0\leq\lambda_0\leq \lambda_1\leq\dots\leq\lambda_n\le\dots$?

Suppose one is given with a sequence $S$ of non-negative real numbers $0\leq\lambda_0\leq \lambda_1\leq\dots\leq \lambda_n\leq\dots$. Under what conditions on $S$, is it possible to construct a Linear ...
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Proving that a certain differential operator is self-adjoint

Consider the differential operator $T:u\mapsto -iu'$ for any $u\in D(T):=\{f\in AC[-\pi,\pi]~|~f'\in L^2(-\pi,\pi),f(-\pi)=f(\pi)\}$; we consider $T$ as a densely-defined operator on $L^2(-\pi,\pi)$. ...
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When does a differential operator restrict to a subvariety?

I recently encountered the following nice fact, and I'm wondering if it's part of a more general story. Let $x\in \mathbb{C}^n$ satisfy $$x^2:=\sum_i x_i^2 = 0,$$ and consider functions $f(x)$ ...
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elliptic operator and wave front set

Let us $f(x) \in C^\infty $ on $\mathbb{R}^n$, and the pseudo-diff. operator $ Q$ is defined by: $(Qu)(x)=(2\pi)^{-n}\int_{\mathbb{R}^{n}}e^{ix\xi }f(x)\left | \xi \right |\hat{u}(\xi) d\xi$ Where ...
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The minus Laplacian operator is positive definite

In a textbook of functional analysis I found this equation derived from Green's first identity $$\int _{ \Omega }^{ }{ u{ \nabla }^{ 2 }ud\tau } =\int _{ \partial \Omega }^{ }{ u\frac { ...
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How to apply this operator?

Let $A$ be the operator $2(x+\partial_x)$. Suppose we have a function $f$ and that we apply the operator to this function. How this operator is applied? $2xf+\partial_xf$ or $2x+\partial_xf$? I guess ...
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Laplacian Smoothing Irregular Initial Data

Apparently for many parabolic and elliptic PDEs the (ir-)regularity of initial data does not have any significant impact on the regularity of (weak) solutions. Very often people when people talk ...
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Write out the operator (A)^2 for A = (d/dx + x)

I am having difficulties understanding how this operator is multiplied out. I have the answer, but do not know why (see below) it is what it is. Imagine there is a carat (^) above the "A" for correct ...
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How do you calculate an exterior derivative on forms in $\mathbb{R}^3$?

If we have a form, say, $\omega = f(x,y,z) \, dx + g(x,y,z) \, dy + h(x,y,z) \, dz$, what is the formula for the exterior derivative $d \omega$?
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Is this entity with operators correct?

Let define the operators $A = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(x+\partial_x)$ and $B = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}(x-\partial_x)$. I am suppossed to check the identity $AB-BA=1$ but I cannot proof it. Is the identity ...
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Raising and Lowering Through Differentiation

I'm calculating the Christoffel symbols of the second kind which is of course defined as multiplying the symbol of the first kind multiplied by the contravariant metric. I was thinking of how to make ...
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Poisson's equation under translation and scaling

Let $u\in C^\infty (\Omega,\mathbb R)$ be a solution of $$\begin{array}{cccl} -\Delta u & = & 0 & \mathrm{in}\ \Omega \\ u & = & g & \mathrm{on}\ \partial\Omega\end{array}$$ ...
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Error in proof of self-adjointness of 1D Laplacian

I have successfully checked self-adjointness of simple and classic differential operator - 1D Laplacian $$D = \frac {d^2}{dx^2}: L_2(0,\infty) \rightarrow L_2(0,\infty)$$ defined on $$\{f(x) | f'' ...
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Transforming the Laplace operator from Polar to Cartesian coordinates

I'm trying to find the error in my logic here. Let's say we are given the Laplace operator in polar coordinates: $$ \frac{\partial^2}{\partial r^2} + \frac{1}{r}\frac{\partial}{\partial r} + ...
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Closure of the Hamilton's operator $(Hf)(x)=\frac{1}{2}f''(x)-V(x)f(x)$ with $C_c^\infty(\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C})$ domain

Let $V \in C_{b}^{1}(\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{R})$ be a differentiable function bounded with its first derivative and $H$ be a Hamilton's operator such that: $$(Hf)(x)=\frac{1}{2}f''(x)-V(x)f(x)$$ The ...
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Complex differential operators

Consider the differential operators $\dfrac{\partial}{\partial z}$ and $\dfrac{\partial}{\partial \bar{z} }$ defined by $\frac{\partial}{\partial z} = \frac {1}{2} (\frac{\partial}{\partial x} - ...
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Lie algebra (su(1,1)) from legendre polynomials; question regarding http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.6353

Apologies if this question is a duplicate. OK, so my question heavily involves the paper http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.6353 which nicely details the Lie algebra su(1,1) coming from the Laguerre $L_n$, ...