Operator theory is the branch of functional analysis that focuses on bounded linear operators, but it includes closed operators and nonlinear operators. Operator theory is also concerned with the study of algebras of operators.

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Limit of sequence of growing matrices

Let $$ H=\left(\begin{array}{cccc} 0 & 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 1/2 & 0 \\ 1/2 & 0 & 0 & 1/2\\ 0 & 1/2 & 1/2 & 0 \end{array}\right), $$ ...
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Inverse of Toeplitz Matrix Property

Sorry if this question has been asked already but I didn't find it. Given a symmetric Toeplitz matrix of the form $$\left[\begin{array}{llll} a_0 & a_1 & \dots & a_n\\ a_1 & a_0 ...
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Essential Selfadjointness of Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Hamiltonian

The Hamiltonian for the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator is (disregarding constants) the Hermite operator $$ Hf = -f''+x^{2}f, $$ where $\mathcal{D}(H)$ consists of all twice absolutely ...
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Fixed point: linear operators

I ask my question in two parts: though the topic is similar, I would like to distinguish linear and general cases since methods may be too different while my questions are broad. Consider a space $X$ ...
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Closest fixed point to a convex set

Consider the compact convex sets $Y \subset X \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, and a Lipschitz continuous function $f : X \rightarrow X$. Assume that $f$ has multiple fixed points. (From Brouwer's theorem, $f$ ...
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Does this sequence of operators converge in norm or strongly?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $\mathcal{L}(H)$ the set of all bounded linear operators $L:H\to H$, equiped with the usual norm $\|\cdot\|_{\mathcal{L}}$. Let $T:D(T)\subset H\to H$ be a ...
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renorm a Banach space to make an operator have spectral radius equal to norm

Let $X$ be an infinite-dimensional complex Banach space equipped with the norm $\lVert\cdot\rVert$, and let $T\in\mathcal{L}(X)$ a bounded linear operator on $X$. Let $r(T)$ denote the spectral ...
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Question about the Spectral Theorem for Self Adjoint Operators and Eigenvalues

I have been working through Teschl's book "Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Schrodinger Operators" and I am stuck on a problem in Chapter 3. I am trying to prove that if ...
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Hilbert transform and Hilbert matrix

The Hilbert matrix is \begin{bmatrix} 1 & \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & \dots \\[4pt] \frac{1}{2} & \frac{1}{3} & \frac{1}{4} & & \ddots \\[4pt] ...
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Distinct eigenvalues for integral operator?

Is there some sufficient condition on the kernel $K$ of a (say, finite rank, to simplify) integral operator $$ \mathcal K:f(x)\in L^2(\mathbb R)\mapsto \int K(x,y)f(y)dy $$ so that it has all its ...
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Why is the numerical range of an operator convex?

Let $T$ be a Hilbert space operator. Its numerical range is \begin{equation} W(T)=\{\langle Tx,x\rangle:\|x\|=1\}.\end{equation} It is a well-known fact that $W(T)$ is a convex subset of the complex ...
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Invertibility of Toeplitz operator in $\ell_1$

Suppose we have a Toeplitz operator $$ T(a) = \begin{bmatrix} a_{0} & a_{-1} & a_{-2} & \ldots & \ldots &a_{-n+1} &\dots \\\\ a_{1} & a_0 & a_{-1} & \ddots & ...
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Two “different” adjoints of exterior derivative on manifolds with boundary in the $L^2$-setting

The follow problem appears in the setting of $L^2$-differential forms on manifolds with boundary. An abstracted operator theoretic problem is given below. Suppose $M$ is a smooth Riemannian manifold ...
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Spectrum of periodic schrödinger operators

In many articles it's stated, as if it's common knowledge, that any Schrödinger operator with periodic potenial has purely absolutely continuous spectrum. I've tried to actually find a theorem ...
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Pointwise approximation of a closed operator

If $T:\mathcal D(T) \rightarrow \mathcal Y$ is a closed operator from a Banach space $\mathcal X$ to a Banach space $\mathcal Y$, is it possible to find bounded operators $T_n\in \mathscr B(\mathcal ...
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Check proof about range of bounded linear operator.

I have to prove that the range $\mathcal{R}(T)$ of bounded linear operator $T:X\rightarrow Y$; $X,Y$ normed spaces need not be closed in $Y$. As a hint I'm given that I could consider ...
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Is the spectrum of a first order PDO always unbounded from both sides?

Let $E \to X$ be a smooth vector bundle over a compact Riemannian manifold $X$ and assume that $P:\Gamma(E) \to \Gamma(E)$ is a self-adjoint partial differential operator of order $1$. We think of ...
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Two Body Schrodinger Equations

I have a question involving the eigenvalues of a two-body Schrodinger equation. Let $$H=-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_1}-\frac{1}{2m}\Delta_{x_2}+\frac{e^2}{|{{x_1}-{x_2}}|}$$ over the Hilbert space ...
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How can I show that given a norm one linear functional on $c_0$ that there is a unique extension to a norm one functional on $\ell_\infty$?

We are given that our Banach space is $c_0 \subset \ell_\infty(\mathbb{N})$ and there is a functional $y^* \in c_0^*$ such that $||y^*|| = 1$. We are guaranteed that this extends, via Hahn-Banach to a ...
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Dyadic approach to Marcinkiewicz interpolation for Lorentz Spaces

In Exercise 21 , in a note for professor Terrence Tao on his own blog http://terrytao.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/245c-notes-1-interpolation-of-lp-spaces/ Exercise 21 Suppose we are in the ...
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How to decompose a representation into direct sum of cyclic representation?

Let $U$ be the bilateral shift operator on $l^2 (\mathbb Z)$, let $T=U+U^*$. How to calculate $\sigma(T)$? And how to show there is no cyclic vector for the action of $C^*(T,I)$. Further how to ...
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Sum of operator and adjoint is self-adjoint

In abstract Hodge theory there is the following lemma: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and $A \in \mathcal{C}(H)$ a densely defined, closed operator (so possibly unbounded) and $A^*$ its adjoint operator. ...
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Eigenprojection as Contour Integral over Resolvent

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and let $A \in L(H)$ be a bounded linear operator. Assume that $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $A$ and assume further that $C_\lambda$ is a simple closed curve in the complex ...
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Where does the notation $\mathrm{Ad}(U)$ for $a\mapsto UaU^*$ come from?

I have often seen, in the context of operator theory and operator algebras, the notation $\mathrm{Ad}(U)a=UaU^*$, where $U$ is a unitary operator on a Hilbert space $H$ and $a$ is a bounded linear ...
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is the pullback operator associated to a flow bounded in L^2?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold with a finite Borel measure $m$. Let $\{f_t\}_{t\in\mathbb R}$ be a $C^1$ flow on $M$. That is, a $C^1$ function $$ \mathbb R\times M\ni(t,x)\mapsto f_t(x)\in M $$ ...
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On the exponential form of a unitary matrix

A unitary matrix $U \in \large C_{n,n}$ can always be written in the exponential form: $U = e ^{iA}$ (1) where $A$ is Hermitian. My goal is to find the Hermitian matrix $A$, given the unitary ...
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Operators such that $\langle Ax,x \rangle=-\langle x,Ax \rangle$

Let $X$ be a Banach space. We consider the differential equation: $$x'(t)=Ax(t), \ \ \ t\in\mathbb{R}$$ where $A$ is a bounded operator on $X$. If $X$ is a Hilbert space, and $x(t)$ is a solution of ...
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Differentiation of norm in Banach space (explanation of text needed)

Let $Y$ be uniformly smooth Banach space. Consider the convex $C^1$ functional $\Phi:Y \to \mathbb{R}$ defined $$\Phi(y) = \frac{1}{q}\Vert y \Vert^q_{Y}.$$ Its derivative $\varphi:Y \to Y'$ is a ...
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How to get a grip on codimensions

I am trying to find a proof for the following problem: Let $X,Y$ be Banach spaces $A,B:X \rightarrow Y$ are bounded linear operators $Ran(A)$ is closed, and $\dim(\mathrm{Ker}(A))$ or ...
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Spectral decomposition of $TT^*$

On $l_{2}$ let $T$ be given by $Te_{n}=\frac{e_{n+1}}{n+1}$ where $(e_{n})_{n\ge1}$ is the canonical orthonormal basis. Find the spectral decomposition of $TT^*$. I find that ...
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In which cases the spectrum of an operator contains only eigenvalues?

Let $X\neq \{0\}$ be a complex normed spaces (not necessarily finite-dimensional) and $T:D(T)\subset X\to X$ a linear operator (not necessarily bounded). I would like to know under what conditions can ...
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norm of differential operator on $P^n[0,1]$

Consider the space $P^n[0,1]$ of polynomials of degree $\leq n$ on $[0,1]$, equipped with the sup norm. Now, this is a finite dimensional space, so all linear operators have to be continuous, hence ...
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For $A$ self-adjoint, $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x\rangle = \max \sigma(A)$

For a self-adjoint operator $A$ on a Hilbert space $H$, one has $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x \rangle = \max\sigma(A)$. I want to prove this using the spectral theorem. My idea is: Let $a = ...
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Non strictly singular operators

Let $X$ be a separable Banach space and let $T:X\to X$ be a bounded operator that is not strictly singular. Can we always find an infinite dimensional, closed, and complemented subspace $Y$ of $X$ ...
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Concerning unbounded linear operators on a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be some Hilbert space and let $B:H\rightarrow H$ be a bounded linear operator and $T:H\rightarrow H$ an unbounded linear operator. Furthermore we assume that $T$ is closed ,i.e. it's graph in ...
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Why matrix representation of convolution cannot explain the convolution theorem?

A record saying that Convolution Theorem is trivial since it is identical to the statement that convolution, as Toeplitz operator, has fourier eigenbasis and, therefore, is diagonal in it, has ...
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Inverse of Identity plus Volterra operator

consider the following operator or $L_2(0,1)$, $(Pw)(x)=w(x)+\int_0^x K(x,y)w(y)dy+\int_x^1 K(y,x)w(y)dy$, where the integral kernel is a polynomial. I am trying to construct the inverse of this ...
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The control of norm in quotient algebra

Let $B_1,B_2$ be two Banach spaces and $L(B_i,B_j),K(B_i,B_j)(i,j=1,2)$ spaces of bounded and compact linear operator between them respectively. If $T \in L(B_1,B_1)$, we have a $S \in K(B_1,B_2)$ and ...
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Confused by a proof in Rudin *Functional Analysis*

I am reading Rudin's Functional Analysis and got quite confused by his proof of Thm 8.5, that is, the existence of fundamental solutions for differential operator $P(D)$, where $P$ is a polynomial. ...
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surjectivity of operators on $\ell^\infty$

Can anyone give me an example of an operator $T:\ell^\infty\rightarrow\ell^\infty$ which has dense range but is not surjective?
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Does such an operator exist?

Suppose $T$ is a bounded operator on $H:=\mathcal{l}_2$ which is quasinilpotent and has the property that both $T$ and $T^{*}$ are not injective and have finite dimensional kernels. Is it possible ...
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Relations between spectrum and quadratic forms in the unbounded case

Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space. If $B$ is a bounded self-adjoint operator on $H$ then its spectrum is a closed and bounded subset of the real line and we can find its extremes in terms of the ...
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Relating Fourier transform theory on two distinct subspaces

In Fourier transform theory (on $\mathbb{R}$), three vector spaces play a very important role: $L^1(\Bbb R)$, $L^2(\Bbb R)$ and the Schwartz space $\mathcal{S}(\Bbb R)$. Arguably the nicer spaces of ...
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Compute the spectrum of the integral operator $K:L^2([0,1]) \to L^2([0,1])$ defined as $(Kx)(t) = \int_0^t x(s) ds$

Let $K:L^2([0,1])\rightarrow L^2([0,1])$ be the linear operator defined by $$(Kx)(t)=\int_0^tx(s)ds, \quad x \in L^2([0,1]).$$ Now I have to compute the spectrum, but I don't have any idea how to do ...
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Spectral Measures: Helffer-Sjöstrand

Problem Given a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider a Hamiltonian: $$H:\mathcal{D}(H)\to\mathcal{H}:\quad H=H^*$$ Regard almost analytic extensions: $$f_E\in\mathcal{C}^\infty_0(\mathbb{C}):\quad ...
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Perturbation of Laplacian

Let's consider a potential $V(x)\in L^3(\mathbb{R}^3)$. I want to know if the following Hamiltonian $$-\Delta+V(x)$$ is self-adjoint on $H^2(\mathbb{R}^3)$. My idea is to use Kato-Rellich theorem; ...
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An inequality for positive operators

Let $S$ and $T$ be positive operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Suppose that $S \le T$. Since the square root function is operator monotone, it follows that $S^{1/2} \le T^{1/2}$. Does the ...
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Is there a way to exploit local redundancy in a function to speed up Monte Carlo integration?

In every Monte Carlo method I've ever seen, $f$ must be recomputed from scratch for each point that is (somehow randomly) selected to contribute to the overall integral. However, most functions have ...
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Laplace transform and Fourier transform of kernel

Suppose $p_t(x)=\frac1{\sqrt{2\pi t}}e^{-\frac{x^2}{2t}}$ is the Gaussian density. $p_t(x)$ is also the Green kernel of the heat equation in 1D: $(\partial_t-\frac12\Delta)u=0$. The Fourier transform ...
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A possible Corollary of the Fredholm alternative?

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $P : H \rightarrow H$ a positive-definite (bounded) operator and $K : H \rightarrow H$ a compact (not necessarily self-adjoint) operator. Let $T = P + K$. In particular, ...