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

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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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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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Positive Operator: Norm Estimate

In class we encountered the statement: $$H\geq C1\quad(C>0)\implies\|\mathrm{e}^{-\beta H}\|<1\quad(\beta>0)$$ How does one prove this? Moreover, what about the weakened version: $$H\geq ...
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Function Spaces: Characterizations of Positivity

Context The problem here is about the characterization of positivity for real or complex valued functions: $$\sigma(f)\geq 0\iff\sigma(f(x))\geq 0\text{ for all }x\in X\iff f(x)\geq 0\text{ for all ...
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Positive Elements: Characterization

Problem Given a C*-algebra with unit $1\in\mathcal{A}$. Define positive elements as: $$A\geq0\iff\sigma(A)\geq0\quad(A=A^*)$$ Positive elements can be characterized by: $$A\geq0\iff A=B^*B$$ ...
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Symmetric Operator vs. Real Spectrum

For symmetric operators one has a characterization: $$A\text{ symmetric}:\quad A=A^*\iff\sigma(A)\subseteq\mathbb{R}$$ (I want to investigate to what extend symmetry is a necessary assumption.) ...
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spectrum of the right shift operator

Here is the question: Considering the right shift operator $S$ on $l^2({\bf Z})$, what can one know about ran$(S-\lambda)$? Here is what I thought: If one wants to prove that the operator ...
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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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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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Polynomial Calculus: well defined?

Disclaimer This thread has been refreshed! Problem Given a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}$. Consider an element $A\in\mathcal{A}$. Introduce an abstract polynomial calculus: $$A=A^*:\quad ...
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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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Polynomial Ring: Root vs. Remainder

Framework: Consider a unital ring: $e\in R$ and a given polynomial: $p\in R[X]$ (Note that I do not require the ring to be an integral domain.) Problem: If it has a root then it factorizes: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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are there any bounds on the eigenvalues of products of positive-semidefinite matrices?

I have real positive semidefinite matrices (symmetric) $A$ and $B$, both are $n \times n$. I am looking for upper bounds and lower bounds on the $m$th largest eigenvalue of $AB$, in terms of the ...
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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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Spectral radius inequality

Suppose $A,B \in M(n \times n, \mathbb{C})$ or $ A,B \in M(n \times n, \mathbb{R}) $. Under wich hypothesis can I state that: $\rho(AB) \leq \rho(A)\rho(B)$ ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Spectrum of a nilpotent operator

Let $X$ be a Banach space and $A:X\to X$ be a bounded operator such that $A^n=0$ for some $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Is the spectrum of $A$ finite, countable ?
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pertubation of an operator by orthogonal projection

Let $G$ be an operator with compact resolvent on Hilbert space $H$ such that $\ker G$ is different from $\{0\}$. Let $P$ be the orthogonal projection onto $\ker G$, and let $G_{0} = G+P$ My question ...
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Eigenfunctions of a second derivative operator

Consider the operator $L :=\frac{-d^2}{dy^2}+ \alpha^2 - K(y)$ on the space of functions $f(y) $ on $H^2(-a,a) \cap H_0^1(-a,a)$. Here $K(y)$ is an even function and $\alpha >0$ is a positive real ...
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Eigenvalue of Compact Operators

To prove that the set of eigenvectors of a compact linear operator on a normed space $X$ is countable, I read "it suffices to show that for every real $k > 0$ the set of all eigenvalues whose ...