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

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Spectral Relaxation and Eigendecomposition

Suppose I have the following optimization problem: $\underset{\mathbf{x}}{\mathop{\max }}\,{{\mathbf{x}}^{T}}A{{\mathbf{x}}^{T}}$ s.t $\mathbf{x}\in {{\left\{ -1,1 \right\}}^{N}}$. One possible ...
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Fast Gauss-Seidel convergence on low rank matrices

I stumbled upon the following remarkable fact when experimenting with the Gauss-Seidel iterative solver: First I construct a low-rank symmetric positive semi-definite matrix $A = M^TM$ with M a ...
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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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Why is it important to study the eigenvalues of the Laplacian?

Why is it important to study the eigenvalues of the Laplacian acting on regions in $\mathbb R^n$? What information does this give us? What problems does this information help us solve? In particular, ...
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Spectrum of product from two selfadjoint matricies

If I have 2 selfadjoint matricies A,B given, is the spectrum of $A B$ always real? I know that $A B$ is not necessary a selfadjoint matrix, but are some properties of the spectrum preserved?
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A transformation recipe for functional calculus of a self-adjoint operator?

Consider a self-adjoint operator $\operatorname{A}$ on a Hilbertspace $\mathcal{A}$ and its spectral decomposition according to the spectral theorem: $$A = \int_{\mathbb{R}} \lambda \;dP_\lambda$$ ...
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Spectrum of the Orr Sommerfeld equation

The Orr Sommerfeld equation is as follows $$\psi''-k^2 \psi - \frac{U''}{U-c}\psi=0$$ where $\psi(y)$ is a complex valued function on $[0,2\pi]$ satisfying Dirichlet boundary conditions ...
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Characterization of central (modulo the radical) elements of a Banach algebra

Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and $Z(A)=\{a \in A:ax-xa \in $ Rad $ A \ \forall x \in A\}$ be the centre (modulo Rad$A$). Then TFAE: 1) $a \in Z(A)$ 2) $\exists M >0$ such that $\rho(a+x)\leq ...
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Resolvent R(1) of the Laplace operator not compact

I want to show that $$R_\Delta(1):=(1-\Delta)^{-1} $$ is not compact in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I have found that for $\chi_{B}$ being the characteristic function for a set $B\subset\mathbb{R}^n$, ...
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Spectrum of operator

Like my previous question, I'm considering the same space and operator: Hilbertspace adjoint But this time I am trying to determine the spectrum of $T$. I feel like I'm messing up my definitions a ...
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invariant inner product on eigenspace

I have several questions about the following corollary: "Let G/H be a riemannian homogeneous space where G is a compact Lie group. Let $E_{\lambda}=\lbrace f\in C^{\infty}(G/H) : -\Delta f= \lambda ...
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regarding a proof of $\|\theta(e^{i\lambda})\|^2$

When studying the spectral representation of time series, I read the following formula, I am not clear how to prove the second equation. I expand the left side of the second equation with the ...
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spectum of self adjoint operators

Let $H$ be an Hilbert space and $S = \displaystyle{ \sum_{i=1}^nS_i}$ where $S_i$ (i=1...n) is self adjoint with compact resolvent . is it true that the spectrum of $S$ is the sum of the spectra of ...
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relations between two linear operators

Let $\alpha,\beta$ be linear operators on a finite dimensional vector space $V$ over field $F$. Let $\gamma=\alpha\circ\beta$ and $\delta=\beta\circ\alpha$. Prove that: (1). $m_\delta(x)$ divides ...
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Eigenvalues and eigenvectors of AB and BA in Endomorphisms [duplicate]

Let A and B endomorphisms of a finite vector space over a field F , Prove or a counterexample to the following statements: a) all eigenvector of AB is an eigenvector of BA; b) all eigenvalue of AB is ...
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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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Multiplication operator on Hilbert space

i looked to the question Spectrum and point spectrum of this operator. I will go further with asking. We know that $T$ is well-defined iff $(\lambda_n)\in\ell^{\infty}$. But if ...
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Prove that if $T$ a normal linear transformation and invertible, then $T^{-1}$ is normal.

The question is: Prove that if $T$ a normal linear transformation and invertible, then $T^{-1}$ is normal. Then I have to find the spectral decomposition of $T^{-1}$. At first I tried to prove it by ...
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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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$T\in B(H)$ normal and left invertible implies $T$ invertible?

My question is what's written in the title, that is, if $T$ is a normal operator on a Hilbert space $H$, and $T$ is left invertible, is it necessarily true that $T$ is invertible? Actually, the more ...
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Why is this spectrum the closure?

I've started to learn about spectral theory and I'm looking at some examples. The spectrum is defined as $$ \sigma(a) = \{\lambda \in \mathbb C | a-1\lambda \text{ is not invertible} \}$$ If $A= ...
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spectrum of operators

Let $X$ be a Banach space and $T: X \rightarrow X$ is a bounded operator. The spectrum of $T$ is defined by $$\sigma(T) = \{\lambda \in \mathbb{C}; \lambda I - T ~~ \mbox{is not invertible}\}$$ It is ...
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Sources on Inverse Spectral Theory

I follow the book "Inverse Spectral Theory" by J. Pöschel and E. Trubowitz in which functional analysis is very much involved. I am curious about another approach using more real analysis and theory ...
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Approximate point spectrum and left topological zero divisors

Recall that a left topological zero divisor in a Banach algebra $A$ is an element $a\in A$ such that there exists a sequence of unit vectors $(a_{n})$ in $A$ with $\lim_{n\rightarrow\infty}aa_{n}=0$. ...
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Spectrum of shift-operator

Hoi, consider the Hilbertspace $l^2$ and the Left and Right-shift operator \begin{align*} L(x_1,x_2,\cdots) &= (x_2,x_3,\cdots)\\ R(x_1,x_2,\cdots) &= (0,x_1,x_2,\cdots ) \end{align*} I know ...
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Relation of Hodge Theorem to Eigenfunction Basis of Laplacian

The classical Hodge theorem I know of relates the de Rham cohomology groups isomorphically to the space of harmonic forms and shows that $Id=\pi+\Delta G$, where $\pi$ is the harmonic projection of ...
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Reason for Continuous Spectrum of Laplacian

For the circle $S^1$, it is well-known that the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta=\text{ div grad}$ has a discrete spectrum consisting of the eigenvalues $n^2,n\in \mathbb{Z}$, as can be seen from the ...
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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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Resolvent properties

Suppose that $A$ is a $n \times n$ matrix with $n$ different eigenvalues $\lambda_k.$ Corresponding eigenvectors are denoted as $x_k$, $x_k^Tx_k =1.$ Now $A=X\Lambda X^{-1}$. Denote $Q=X^{-1}$. ...
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Spectrum of a product

Let $A$ be a unital $C^{*}$-algebra. I am trying to show that if $a,b\in A$ are positive elements, then the spectrum of $ab$ is contained in the positive real numbers. I know that in the commutative ...
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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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Why these are equivalent?

Situation: operator theory, spectrum of a operator. We consider this as definition: $\lambda$ is a eigenvalue if $\lambda x=Tx$ for some $x\ne 0$ but I see someone saying this: $\lambda ...
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Find the spectrum of this operator

$$O:l_p\to l_p\quad p\in[1,\infty]$$ $$Ox=(0,x_1,x_2,x_3,...)\quad \forall x=(x_1,x_2,x_3,...)\in l_p$$ if $\lambda\ne0$ then we have $$\lambda x-Ox=(\lambda x_1,\lambda x_2-x_1,\lambda ...
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Estimate loss of information due to a low rank approximization by SVD

I have a matrix $X$ and I compute its Singular Value Decomposition: $$X = U \Sigma V^T$$ then, I take the lower rank approximization: $$X_k = U_k \Sigma_k V^T_k$$ where $k < rank(X)$, $U_k$ is made ...
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Closure of numerical range contains spectrum

Let $A: D(A) \subset \mathcal{H} \to \mathcal{H}$ be a densely defined operator on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ with adjoint operator $A^{*}$. Given that $D(A) = D(A^{*})$ I'm trying to show that the ...
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Positive unbounded operator with zero not as an eigenalue

I am currently doing Quantum Mechanics and I am supposed to show that zero is an eigenvalue of a positive operator. I have no knowledge of Functional Analysis at that kind of level, so I was wondering ...
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Problem with spectral theorem and spectral measure.

There is a passage in a book that is not very clear to me: A is a C*Algebra and $a$ is selfadjoint. Then "Indeed identifying A with an algebra of operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$, by the ...
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A domain in which the dirichlet laplacian has eigen values of all orders

I am trying to come up with an example to the following. Construct a domain $\Omega$ in all dimensions $n \in \mathbb{N}$, such that the spectrum of the Dirichlet Laplacian on such a domain (i.e., ...
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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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Strict inequality in spectral radius estimate

I am interested to find an example which shows strict inequality in the spectral radius estimate that is $r(x) \leq \|x \|$ . I would like to see when $r(x) < \|x\|$.Normal operator is the case ...
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Eigenvalues of the operator $(Tu)(x)=\int_0^x (\int_t^1 u(s)ds)dt.$

Consider the linear operator $T$ in $L^2(0,1)$ defined by: $$(Tu)(x)=\int_0^x \left(\int_t^1 u(s)ds\right)dt.$$ I have managed to prove that it's continuous,self adjoint,compact but now I have to ...
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Properties of the operator $ (Tu)(n)=u(n+1)-u(n-1)$

Let $T:l^2(Z,R)\to l^2(Z,R)$ the linear bounded operator defined by: $$ (Tu)(n)=u(n+1)-u(n-1)$$ a)Prove that the image of T is dense. b)Prove that $\forall \lambda\neq 0\quad t-\lambda I$ is ...
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Does non-Hermitian implies at least one complex eigenvalue?

Ok so I'm studying linear algebra and we went trough the Spectral Theorem, including and proving the fact that for every Herimitian matrix, its eigenvalues have $0$ imaginary parts. I was wondering is ...
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Connections between Lebesgue-Radon-Nikodym decomposition and spectral decomposition

Perhaps this is a silly question to ask but it's been on my mind for a bit. When I took my first course in functional analysis a year ago, we covered spectral theory. Particularly, we covered spectral ...
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Why does spectral norm equal the largest singular value?

This may be a trivial question yet I was unable to find an answer: $$\left \| A \right \| _2=\sqrt{\lambda_{\text{max}}(A^{^*}A)}=\sigma_{\text{max}}(A)$$ where the spectral norm $\left \| A \right ...
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Eigenvalues and adjoint of operator $T(x_k)_{k=1}^{\infty} = (x_{2k})_{k=1}^{\infty}$

Let $T$: $l^2 \rightarrow l^2$ denote the operator \begin{align} T(x_1,x_2,\dots, x_n,\dots) = (x_2,x_4,\dots,x_{2n},\dots). \end{align} There are several questions regarding this operator that I need ...
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Bounded Self-adjoint Operator on Hilbert Space

I am trying to show that if $A$ is a bounded, self-adjoint and positive operator on a Hilbert space $H$, $0 \in \rho(A)$, the following inequality holds for all $x \in H$ with $\|x\| = 1$: ...
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Square root in Banach algebra

Suppose we are given a unital Banach algebra $A$ and an element $a\in A$ such that the spectrum is a subset of the positive reals $\mathbb{R}_{>0}$. Then by a theorem (see for example W. Rudin ...
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The eigenvectors of a matrix and its transpose that correspond to the same eigenvalue are not orthogonal

Spent hours trying to prove this after encountering it in Lax's discussion of the spectral theorem, but no luck. Here's the problem (it is Theorem 18 in Lax 2ed, Chapter 6): A mapping $A$ has ...