Spectral theory is a study of generalized notions of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

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Spectrum of Transition Matrix for Random Walk

Consider the symmetric random walk on $\{0, 1, \dots, n\}$ with transition probabilities $P(j \to j \pm 1) = 1/2$ for $1 \le j \le n-1$ and $P(0 \to 0) = P(0 \to 1) = P(n \to n) = P(n \to n-1) = 1/2$. ...
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Examples for spectrum of an operator

Looking for easy-to-understand examples for the spectrum of an operator, preferably so that they exposed some special properties. The right shift is a nice example of an operator which does not have a ...
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Bounds for eigenvalues, perturbation theory

Consider $-\Delta$ defined in $H^2(\Omega)\cap H_0^1(\Omega)$, $\Omega$ a smooth bounded domain of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $g\in L^{\infty}(\Omega)$, $a\leq g(x)\leq b$. Show that, if ...
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Selfadjointness of the differential operator in a singular potential

The free Dirac operator is the differential operator of the following form $$ T_0 = i \alpha \nabla + \beta,$$ where $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are Hermitian $4 \times 4$ matrices, and $T_0$ is selfadjoint ...
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A Direct Proof of Representation Theorem for Positive Harmonic Functions in the Half Plane?

Does anyone know a direct proof of this representation theorem for non-negative harmonic functions in the half-plane that doesn't appeal to a similar result in the unit disk? Also, does anyone who ...
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On calculating spectral projections

Consider following operator from this paper; Let $h$ be any function in $L^1$ relative to the measure $g(w)dw$ and $K\in\mathbb{C}$ Consider the linear operator $B$ on $L^1$ defined by $$(Bh)(x) = ...
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Representations and mutually singular measures

I'm finding some difficulties with an exercise from Conway and I ask for some help in understanding it: "Let X be a compact space and let $\{\mu_n\}$ be a sequence of measures in X. For each $n$ let ...
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How to derive the spectral projection operator in finite element method?

For a compact self-adjoint operator $T$, the spectral operator can be defined as follows: $$E(\lambda) = \frac{1}{2\pi i}\int_{\Gamma}(z-T)^{-1}dz$$. For a finite dimensional approximate operator ...
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Spectral decomposition of a Hilbert space

I have this proof, but I don't understand how they do the spectral decomposition of $H$ into $H_-$and $H_+$? Please help me. Thank you.
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Resolvent set of extension

Suppose X is an incomplete normed space and X' is its completion. Let T be a bounded linear operator on T and T' the linear extension of T to X'. How do I prove that the resolvent set p(T) of T ...
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Helffer-Sjöstrand-Formula: Idea behind?

I have to present the Helffer-Sjöstrand-Formula. Now I'm wondering: Why does it include a factor $\chi(y\langle x\rangle^{-1})$ for some bump function $\chi$ and the chinese symbol ...
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Proving that a Sturm-Liouville problem is in the limit-point/-circle case

I would like to understand techniques anybody is able to detail to me on how one may actually prove that a particular Sturm-Liouville (S-L) problem, i.e., of the form \begin{equation} ...
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Skew adjoint operator with uncountable spectrum

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space. I just want an example of a skew adjoint operator $(A^*=-A)$ with uncountable spectrum. I also want an example for unbounded differential operators. The only example I ...
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Spectral theory - how to prove this lemma?

in Anver Friedman, Foundations of Modern Analysis I found a lemma (6.7.3): If A is a self-adjoint operator and $\{E_\lambda\}$ is a spectral family such that $A=\int_m^{M+\varepsilon} \lambda ...
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Spectrum of the operator of differentiation along streamlines

Suppose $\mathbb T^2$ denotes the two-torus and suppose $\psi^0$ is a steady state smooth stream function on $\mathbb T^2$ and define $\mathbf u^0 = (-\partial_y \psi^0,\partial_x \psi^0 )$ be the ...
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Any way to simplify this expression?

So I have a vector of asset allocation weights given by $x \in R^4$ and a covariance matrix of the asset returns $\Sigma \in R^{4,4}$. I know by the spectral theorem, $\Sigma = V DV^{-1}$ and the ...
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What is a good book that focuses on the applications of complex analysis and spectral theory?

My research involves a great deal of complex analysis and spectral theory, and I always feel a bit flustered when non mathematicians ask me what I study. It's hard to explain the math in layman's ...
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Adjacency matrix of directed graph

I am given adjacency matrix $A$ of directed graph. $A(x,y)$ counts the number of edges from $x$ to $y$. I want to show that if $A$ has constant outdegree $d$: (i) For any eigenvalue $\lambda$, we ...
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How to choose $\lambda (x) =\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin^{2}x \alpha}{\alpha^{2}} d\mu (\alpha)$; so $\lambda ^{-1}\in L^{1}(\mathbb R)$?

We define, $$\lambda (x) =\int_{0}^{\infty} \frac{\sin^{2}x \alpha}{\alpha^{2}} d\mu (\alpha), (\mu(0)=0) $$ where $\mu (\alpha)$ is a non-decreasing function such that the integral converges for ...
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pierre simon laplace and his knowledge of the (Laplacian) matrices

so as we all know, there is a graph matrix called the Laplacian that is used in some eigenvalue/eigenvector/graph theory/spectral theory problems. i'm wondering if the name of this matrix is ...
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How to show that the spectral radius of a binary tree approaches exp(1) as the N tends to infinity?

How can I prove mathematically that the spectral radius of a binary tree approaches e as the number of nodes tends to infinity? I mean it is true that the increase in nodes number is exponential but ...
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Characterization of all matrices with unit spectral radius under constraint

Let $A \in \mathbb{R}^{n \times n}_{\geq 0}$ be a symmetric matrix with positive row sums $\mathbf{d} := A\mathbf{1} > 0$. I am interested in characterizing all those positive diagonal matrices $Z ...
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Limit of the spectrum in Banach algebra

Let $A$ an unital complex Banach algebra, $a_{n} $ is a sequence such that $\lim_{n\to \infty}a_{n}=a$. What is the relation between $\lim_{n\to \infty}\sigma(a_{n})$ and $\sigma(a)$. I think that it ...
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Singular value decomposition of an arbitrary anti-symmetric ($A=-A^{T}$) complex matrix

I am a physicist and very much used to the fact that any self-adjoint matrix ($H^{\dagger} =H$) in a finite-dimensional complex linear space can be uniquely specified by (a) the set of its (real) ...
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Spectral radius as the inf of norms of conjugates

I need help with the following problem: Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$-algebra. (a) If $r(a)<1$ and $b=(\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}a^{*n}a^{n})^{1/2}$, show that $b\geq 1$ and $||bab^{-1}||<1$. (b) ...
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Inverse of bounded self adjoint operator on HS is self adjoint?

Let $A=A^{*}$ be a bounded self adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ with Range Ran$(A) = D$ dense in $\mathcal{H}$. $A$ is injective, since Ran$(B) \perp ker(B^{*}) = ker(B)$. So ...
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Fourier Transform of Fractional Laplacian

I'm trying to solve a PDE with a spectral method. The PDE has a fractional Laplacian... $\Delta^s$. In regards to a numerical implementation, will the "s" term simply become the exponent of the ...
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Compactness of advection diffusion operator (elliptic operator)

Consider the ADE defined on a compact domain $\Omega \in \mathbb R^n$, with boundary $\partial \Omega$ Assume $u(x)$ is smooth incompressible vector field, with $u(x).\hat n(x)=0$ for $x\in \partial ...
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Solving an inverse spectral problem

In order to solve the inverse spectral problem: $$ -y''(x)+q(x)y(x)= \lambda _{n}y(x) $$ If we want to obtain $ q(x) $ what we should need about the spectrum? a) The eigenvalue staircase $ ...
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Examples of deeper results in finite-dimensional vector spaces?

this one is a bit inverted! So I am busy doing an advanced undergrad course in Linear algebra, and it is going very well, the problems in the book seem fairly routine. To be able to see if I am any ...
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How many projectors do two commuting self-adjoints have in their common spectral decomposition?

If $A$ and $B$ are two commuting observables on a Hilbert space of dimension $n$ say. So, $$A = \sum_{j \leq a} \lambda_j P_j $$ $$B = \sum_{i \leq b} \mu_i Q_i $$ $$I_n = \sum_{i \leq b} Q_j = ...
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Closure of the set of fredholm perturbation

Let $A$ and $B$ be two unital Banach algebras and $T\colon A\to B$ an homomorphism of Banach algebras. Let denote the set of Fredholm perturbation elements in $A$, i.e. $\operatorname{Ft}:=\{r\in ...
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looking for “invertibility and singularity”

Dear *friends* Many monts ago,i searched a lot the book of Robin Harte "invertibility and singularity". this book contains a lot of demonstrations that i need in my master. it focus on banach ...
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Resolution of Identity

I am reading the twelfth chapter of Rudin's Functional Analysis and am unable to understand two comments he makes in passing in the section on Resolution of Identity. Let E be a resolution of identity ...
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What is twisted triangular two-torus also called a triangular doughnut?

In "A Geometry of Music" by Dmitri Tymoczko Oxford 2010, the authors says that mathematicians refer to a particular lattice in what mathematicians would call "the interior of a twisted triangular ...
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Find spectrum of the operator and an explicit form for the solution

Let $A: L^2[0,2\pi] \to L^2[0,2\pi]$ be defined by $Au=v$ if $v(x)=\int^{2\pi}_{0} cos(x+t)u(t)dt$ (a) Find the point spectrum, eigenspace, residual spectrum, continuous spectrum, and spectrum (b) ...
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Find spectrum of the operator

I need some help to find point spectrum, residual spectrum, continuous spectrum and for this problem. Let $\theta \in\mathbb{C}$. On the complex space $L^2[-1,1]$ consider the operator $Au=v,$ ...
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Determining the spectral density?

Suppose you have a process $X_{t} = 0.5X_{t-1} + w_{t}$ where $w_{t}$ is $WN(0,\sigma^{2})$. How does one determine the spectral density of the process? Do you first find the ACF of the process and ...
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Variation on a completeness relation

The completeness relation for the spherical harmonics is: $$\sum_{l=0}^{\infty} \sum_{m=-l}^{l} Y_{lm}^*\left(\theta_1,\phi_1\right)Y_{lm}\left(\theta_2,\phi_2\right) = ...
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Properties of the spectrum

Let $\rho$ denote the resolvent of a closed operator and if $\lambda \in \rho(A)$, define $R(\lambda,A) := (\lambda I -A)^{-1}$. If $\mu$ is sufficiently small ...
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Normalized Cuts and Spectra

I'm looking for a fleshed out proof of the following theorem. Theorem: Let $G=(V,\mathbf{W})$ be an undirected, edge-weighted graph with normalized Laplacian $\mathbf{L}_N$. Furthermore, let ...
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Compute Rayleigh quotient for ODE

I am trying to find Rayleigh quotient for this equation: $u''(r) + [\frac{1-4n^2}{4r^2} + \lambda - 2n\beta -\beta^2r^2]u(r) = 0$, where $0 \le r \le 1$. Is there any way to compute eigenvalue ...
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Uniform Poincaré-Wirtinger constant for diffeomorphic domains?

Consider a bounded and connected open set (with regular boundary) $\Omega\subset\mathbb{R}^d$ and a family of $\mathscr{C}^1$-diffeomorphisms $(\varphi_t)_{t\in[0,\alpha]}$ all in ...
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Strict positivity on the diagonal of a particular integral kernel: A question from Simon's Schrödinger Semigroups

This is a question pertaining to a (formerly?) open question from Barry Simon's Schrödinger Semigroups. In Theorem C.5.2 (page 504) of that publication, the existence of a specific function ...
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When will the equality of Neumann's Trace inequality holds?

I am now studying the Neumann's trace inequality. Some of the literature said that the equality holds when the two matrices have simultaneous ordered spectral decomposition. Yet they don't really ...
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Diagonal Dominance and Spectral Radius

For positive semi-definite matrices, $A$ and $B$ with real entries, Let: $X=I-(2Diag(A)-B)^{-1}(A-B)$ The spectral radius $\rho(X) \leq ||X||$. As, $(2 Diag(A)-B)$ becomes a better approximation ...
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Orthogonal projection and normal operators

Let $G$ be normal operator with compact resolvent such that $\ker G$ is different from $\{0\}$. Now Let $P$ be the orthogonal projection onto $\ker G$ and consider $G' = G + P$. Please, I want an ...
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relation between inner product and spectrum

There is a question that puzzles me, so may be someone here has an answer. Assume we have a symmetric operator $A$ that is defined on a space $D$ that is dense in $L^2$, so $A:D\rightarrow L^2$, and ...
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Does a projection valued measure (PVM) induce a PVM on a generic subspace of the Hilbert space?

Let $E:{\cal B}(X) \to Pr({\cal H})$ be a projection valued measure (PVM), where ${\cal B}(X)$ is the Borel $\sigma$-algebra of a suitable topological space $X$ and $Pr({\cal H})$ is the set of ...
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Faber-Krahn inequality for domain in Z^d with nearest-neighbor connections

In $\mathbb{R}^d$ there is a theorem that if you are looking for the first Dirichlet eigenvalue $\lambda_1$ of a domain $D \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ with a given volume $V$, then $\lambda_1$ will be ...