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

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Existance of solution to integral Fredholm equation

I am a bit confused with the existence/non existence of a solution to the following equation: $$\int_{-T}^{T} R(t,\tau) x(\tau) d\tau = y(t), \forall t\in [-T,T]$$ where $y(t)=C$ (a constant ...
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Dimension of generalized eigenspace.

Let $T \in \text{Hom}_F(V,V)$, suppose the characteristic polynomial of $T$, $c_T(x) = (x- \lambda)^kp(x)$, where $p(\lambda) \neq 0$, show that $\text{dim}_F (E_{\lambda}^\infty) = k$, where ...
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Eigenvalues of compact operator don't have nonzero accumulation points

In the book Elements of the theory of functions and functional analysis of Kolmogorov and Fomin, there is a proof of the following theorem, Every compact operator $A$ on a Banach space $E$ ...
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Positive Elements: Norm (Decomposition)

Given a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}$. Then every element decomposes into: $Z=X_+-X_-+iY_+-iY_-=\sum_{\alpha=0\ldots3}i^\alpha Z_\alpha$ Obviously, one has: $\|Z\|\leq\sum_{\alpha=0\ldots3}\|Z_\alpha\|$ ...
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Distance random matrix

In some physics problems it is sometimes useful to define a distance matrix for a system of particles with positions denoted by $x_1$, ..., $x_N$. Then the matrix would be given by ...
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Special Elements: Spectrum

Given a C*-algebra with unit $1\in\mathcal{A}$. For normal elements one has: $$A^*=A^{-1}\iff\sigma(A)\subseteq\mathbb{S}$$ $$A^*=A\iff\sigma(A)\subseteq\mathbb{R}$$ ...
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Summary: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range

Reference A proof of the statement below is split into: Normal Operators: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range Spectral Measures: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range Problem Given a Hilbert space ...
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Shifting of the spectrum of a linear operator - in both the symmetric and non-symmetric cases,

a) I finished a problem that sort of highlighted the fact that if a real symmetric matrix $A_2$ = A + I, where A is also real and symmetric, then $A_2$ has the same eigenvectors as A, but its spectrum ...
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Image of a commutative C*-algebra

Let $A$ be an unital commutative C*-subalgebra of $B(H)$, and $\Omega$ be its character space. By spectral theorem $$\phi: B_\infty(\Omega)\to B(H);~~~~~f\to \int f \, dP$$ is a $*-$ homomorphism ...
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Construct a unitary operator U on H with prescribed spectrum

Given an infinite dimensional Hilbert space $H$. Let $|\lambda_k| = 1$ for $k = 1, ..., n$. Construct a unitary operator $U$ on $H$ such that $\sigma(U) = \{\lambda_k\}$ for $k=1,....,n.$ I can ...
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Construct a bounded linear operator S on H such that σ(S) = A

Given an infinite dimensional Hilbert space $H$. Let $A\subseteq \mathbb{C}$ be closed and bounded. Construct a bounded linear operator $S$ on $H$ such that $\sigma(S)=A$, where $\sigma(S)$ is the ...
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Symbol of an inverse on an invariant subspace of a certain elliptic operator

I have little experiences in dealing with pseudodifferential operators, so I hope I could get some hints for the following question: Let $L$ be an 2nd-order elliptic operator on $\mathbb{T}$ with ...
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Extened of a representation

The following is a part of a theorem of Folland's book: Let $X$ be a compact space, $B(X)$ the space of bounded Borel measurable functions on $X$, and $C(X)$ the space of continuous function on $X$. ...
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Extensions: Spectrum

Problem Given a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}_0$ and unital extensions $1\in\mathcal{A}$ and $1'\in\mathcal{A}'$. Regard a common element: $$A_0\in\mathcal{A}_0:\quad A^{(\prime)}:=\iota^{(\prime)}(A_0)$$ ...
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Properties of solutions to the associated Legendre ODE

The associated Legendre ODE is given by $$ \left( (1-x^2) f'(x) \right)' - \frac{m^2}{1-x^2} f(x) = \lambda f(x)$$ The eigenfunctions have certain properties that I would like to understand by ...
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Spectrum of left shift operator: take two

This is my second attempt at calculating the spectrum of the left shift operator on a Hilbert space. I got stuck again and I would be grateful if someone could help. (You can find my previous (failed) ...
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Spectrum of a bounded operator on a (not necessarily Banach) normed vector space

It's well known that on a Banach space, the spectrum of each bounded operator is compact in $\mathbb C$. What about a general normed vector space? Is there a counterexample if we don't assume ...
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Joint spectral radius of $\sigma( \mathcal A)$ and $\rho(A) < 1 \forall A \in \mathcal A$

Given $\mathcal A \subset R^{n \times n}$. The joint spectral radius is by: $$\sigma( \mathcal A) = \limsup_{m \rightarrow \infty}\sup_{A \in \mathcal A^m}\rho(A),$$ where $\rho$ is the normal ...
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What properties do isospectral Riemannian manifolds share?

I'm studying the Laplacian on (compact) Riemannian manifolds, and it turns out that if the Laplacian operators of two such spaces share their spectrum (the spaces are then called isospectral), then ...
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Lower bound for the norm of the resolvent

I need to prove next statement (I want to do it for general case) $\|R_A(z)\| = \lVert \frac{1}{A-zI} \rVert \ge \text{dist}(z,\sigma(A))^{-1}$ I think it could be like this let $a\in \sigma(A) z ...
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Spectrum of left shift operator $L\in B(H)$

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with an orthonormal base $e_i$ and $L$ the left shift operator $L\in B(H)$: $(x_1, x_2, \dots) \mapsto (x_2, x_3, \dots)$. I computed the spectrum could someone please tell ...
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Spectral Measures: Completeness

Given a Borel space $\Omega$ and a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider a spectral measure $E:\mathcal{B}(\Omega)\to\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$. A spectral measure can be completed $\overline{E}$. ...
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Spectra of periodic Schrödinger equations

This question might be a little bit physics-related, but I kind of have a deep interest to ask this here, cause I would like to get an idea of the Mathematics behind the things I just covered in my ...
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Self-adjointness

In another thread it was claimed that the operator $O : \operatorname{dom}(O) \subset L^2(-1,1) \rightarrow L^2(-1,1)$ is self-adjoint. $$Of(x)= \frac{f(x)}{{1-x^2}}$$ It is obvious that $$\langle O ...
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Difference between an eigenvalue and a spectral value

What is the difference in the definition of a spectral value and an eigenvalue. My notes from functional analysis says $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of an operator $A$ if $\,\exists \, x \in ...
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Preserve self-adjoint properties

I was thinking about this problem recently: Let $T$ be a self-adjoint operator on $L^2((-1,1),d x)$. Now you define an operator $G$ by $G(f) := T(\frac{f}{(1-x^2)})$ with $\operatorname{dom}(G):=\{f ...
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Boundary conditions Legendre equation

I have Legendre's equation $$L(f)=\frac{1}{\sin(\theta)} \left(- \frac{d}{d\theta} \sin(\theta) \frac{df}{d \theta} \right)$$ Now I know that after substituting $\cos(\theta) =x$ we get a ...
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Eigenvalues of Left Shift + Right Shift in $l_2([0,\infty))$

This question appeared on an old final exam and I am having difficulty completing it for practice. Let $S_r$ and $S_l$ be defined on the hilbert space $l_2[0,\infty)\to l_2[0,\infty)$ as the ...
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Square root of unbounded operator

Let $T: \operatorname{dom}(T) \subset H \rightarrow H$ be a positive self-adjoint unbounded operator, then I want to define a UNIQUE(!) operator $A$ such that $A^{*}A = T$. Actually, this construction ...
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Spectrum of adjoint operator

Let $X$ be a hilbert space and $T\in L(X)$ Show that: (i) $\sigma_c(T^*)=(\sigma(T))^*$ (ii) $\sigma_r(T)=((\sigma_p(T^*))^*)$\ $\sigma_p(T)$ (i): $"\subset"$ Let $\lambda\in\sigma_c(T^*)$ then ...
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Spectral theorem question

I am trying to understand how to develop the spectral measure of a bounded self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space. For every continuous function on its spectrum, $f: C(\sigma(A)) \to \mathbb{C}$, ...
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Sturm-Liouville problem and periodic boundary conditions

I was wondering about this: I know that if a 1-d Sturm-Liouville operator is limit circle or limit point then the eigenvalues are simple ( so no degenerated spectrum). But in the case of periodic ...
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Relation between weighted outer product and unweighted outer product of a matrix

I know this may be quite straightforward, but I don't know how to prove it because it was quite a while since I took undergraduate linear algebra classes. Assume that an $n\times n$ real symmetric ...
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Computation the different spectrums of an operator

Let $X:=C^0([0,2],\mathbb C)$,$\phi\in X$ and $T\in L(X)$ defined as: $$(Tf)(t):=\phi(t)f(t),t\in [0,2]$$ Compute: $\sigma_p(T),\sigma_c(T),\sigma_r(T),\sigma(T)$ and $\rho(T)$ I am quite new to ...
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Can an operator have spectrum consisting of just one point?

Could it happen that an operator has a spectrum consisting of just one point? Sorry if this is really short. Was just pondering to myself random questions and this one came up. The good news is ...
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Are self-adjoint / Hermitian operators necessarily orthogonal / unitary?

I feel like self-adjoint / Hermitian operators are the "best" operators, since an operator that is self-adjoint can be orthogonally diagonalized, according to the Spectral Theorem (over the complex ...
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Showing that $\mathcal{G}(\ell_2)$ is not dense in $\mathcal{B}(\ell_2)$ via the right shift

This is my question: Is $\mathcal{G}(\ell_2)$ is dense in $\mathcal{B}(\ell_2)$? I am attempting to show that it is not by showing that the right-shift - call it $T:\ell_2 \rightarrow \ell_2$ - ...
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Spectral Theory of an operator

If we define the spectrum of a bounded linear operator $T$ by $$\sigma(T)=\{\lambda\in \mathbb C:\ T-\lambda I \ \text{ has no inverse} \}.$$ What about $\sigma(T^{-1})$?
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Eigenvalue of a unilateral shift operator

Let $S:H\to H$ be a unilateral shift operator. I preferred in Example2.3.2 of Murphy's C*-algebras and operator theory that S has no eigenvalues. While $\{\lambda \in \Bbb C ; |\lambda|<1\} \subset ...
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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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Showing self adjointness

$\pi:$ $Lx=\sum_{j=0}^{n}(p_{n-j}x^{(j)})^{(j)}$,$\,\,$ $x^{(j)}(a)=x^{(j)}(b)=0,\, j=0,1,...,n-1.$ where $p_{n-j}\in C^{n-j}[a,b]$ are real and $p_0(t)\neq0$ on $[a,b]$. I want to show that the ...
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Show $\sigma(T)=\sigma{(\overline{T^{*}})}$

Let $T \in B(H)$ be a bounded operator. Is $\sigma(T)=\sigma{(\overline{T^{*}})}$ true for $T$? $\textbf{TRY-}$ I have proved it is true for normal operator but could not do it for bounded ...
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As $\lambda \to \infty$, $||R_{\lambda}(T)|| \to 0$

"Let $T \in B(X,X)$. Prove that $||R_{\lambda}(T)|| \to 0$ as $\lambda \to \infty$." We have that $R_{\lambda}(T)x=(T-\lambda I)^{-1}(x)$. The problem doesn't specify but the book says that they will ...
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Spectral decomposition - generalized eigenspaces

Suppose we have a real $n\times n$ matrix $A$ with spectrum $\sigma(A)=\{\lambda_1,\lambda_2\}$ (with $\lambda_1, \lambda_2$ discrete). Also, we have $alg\,mult\, \lambda_i\neq geo\, mult \,\lambda_i ...
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Spectral Measures: Spectral Spaces (II)

Problem Given a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider a spectral measure: $$E:\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C})\to\mathcal{B}(\mathcal{H})$$ Denote its probability measures by: ...
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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 ...
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Spectrum of Multiplication Operator $T$ in $C[0,1]$

"Let $X=C[0,1]$ and $v \in X$ be a fixed function. Let $T$ be the multiplication operator by $v$, i.e. $Tx(t)=v(t)x(t)$. Find the spectrum of $T$." This is an exercise from a PDF of notes I found ...
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Proof that the spectrum of an element of a Banach Algebra is non-empty

I don't see why the line indicated with ***** in the following proof is true in the proof that spectrum of an element of a Banach Algebra is non-empty (Arveson, p.27) : For every $\lambda_0 \not\in ...
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Spectrum of Unitary Operators

Let $T_1$ and $T_2$ be two unitary operators. Is it true that the spectrum of $T_1+T_2$ is contained in the closed disc of radius 2?
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Spectral methods with linear programming

Is it possible to model and solve some fundamental spectral methods (say Singular-Value Decomposition) with (Integer?) Linear Programming? Update: say you want to do SVD. Can you model it as a ...