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

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Necessary and sufficient conditions for when spectral radius equals the largest singular value.

One well known fact about matrix norms is the following: If $\lambda_1\geq \dots\geq \lambda_n$ are eigenvalues of a square matrix $A$, then: $$\frac{1}{||A^{-1}||} \leq |\lambda|\leq ||A||$$ If we ...
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In Hilbert-space theory, is there a name for an operator “erasing” a projection?

Let $L$ be a self-adjoint operator with discrete spectrum $S=\{\lambda_1 < \lambda_2 < \dots \}$ on a Hilbert space $H$ such that the spectral theorem holds, i.e. for any $F \in H$ we have the ...
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Adjoint of sum of two operators

Let $A$ be self-adjoint and $B$ symmetric (which means densely defined for me as well) with $A$-bound less than $1$. Does this imply that $(A+iB)^*=A-iB$ ?
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Dense invariant domain stable under resolvent?

I have thought about the following problem: Let $A_1\dots A_n$ a family of (unbounded) essentially selfadjoint operators on some Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ and $\Phi\subset\mathcal{H}$ the maximal ...
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How Many Negative Eigenvalues of $-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on $[0,L]$?

What is the maximum number of eigenvalues $\lambda < 0$ for the trigonometric problems?: $$ \begin{array}{c} -\frac{d^{2}f}{dx^{2}}=\lambda f,\\ ...
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Definition of continuous spectrum of a bounded operator

Let $T$ be a bounded operator acting on a Banach space $X$. The point spectrum $\sigma_p(T)$ is of $T$ is defined to be $$\sigma_p(T):=\{\lambda\in\mathbb C~|~T-\lambda\text{ has nonempty kernel}\}$$ ...
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Compactness of $(x_1,x_2,…)\mapsto(0,x_1,x_2/2…)$

I read that the linear operator in the Hilbert space $\ell_2$ defined by $(x_1,x_2,...,x_n,...)\mapsto(0,x_1,x_2/2,...,x_n/n,...)$ is compact. I wanted to prove it by proving that the image of the ...
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Deriving Spectral density of White noise from Brownian motion

This is homework so no answers please Here is the problem and my answers (so please tell me if I made any mistakes): I am not asking you to compute the sum at the end, but to tell me if I made any ...
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Spectral Decomposition of Function-of-Normal-Operator

In Arveson's book A Short Course on Spectral Theory, on page 64 (section on spectral measures) the author mentions the usual spectral decomposition of a normal operator $N$ as $$N=\sum_{\lambda \in ...
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Spectrum of integral operator

Given $g\in C^1([0,1]\times[0,1])$, consider the operator $$Tu(x) = \int_0^1 g(x,t) u(t) dt$$ defined on $u\in C([0,1])$. Discuss the spectrum of T. My attempt: First I can show that $T$ is ...
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Finite number of eigenvalues outside circle $\|\lambda\|>\delta>0$

I know that, for any $\delta>0$, a compact operator $A$ defined on a linear variety of a Banach space has only a finite number of linearly independent eigenvectors corresponding to the eigenvalues ...
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Spectra of operators on different spaces

Can the same operator when defined on two different spaces have different spectra? For example and operator defined on $C_0$ and on $\ell_2$?
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Exercise about an operator (adjoint and spectrum)

Let $y\in c_0$ and define the operator from $l^2 \rightarrow l^2$ as the following $$T\bigg(\sum x_n e_n\bigg) \mapsto \sum y_n x_n e_n.$$ I have shown that the operator is continuous, compact and ...
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Spectrum of self-adjoint operator on Hilbert space real

My book says that a self-adjoint bounded linear operator $A:H\to H$ on a complex Hilbert (not sure if separability is needed) space has a real spectrum. I guess that the key is in the fact that any ...
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Spectrum of Verschiebung

I read that the shift operator $A:\ell_2\to\ell_2$, $(x_1,x_2,x_3,...)\mapsto(0,x_1,x_2,...)$ contains $0$ in its spectrum, and that's clear to me. It is also clear to me that it has no eigenvalue. ...
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Space of Functions: 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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Banach Algebras: Continuity of Inversion?

Context: This question is related to this thread: Spaces of Functions Given a topological space $X$ and a Banach algebra with unit $B$. Consider a continuous map $F:X\to B$ that is invertible ...
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Gelfand's formula, different field

Gelfand's formula says that for a complex matrix $A \in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}$, $$\rho(A) = \lim_{m \rightarrow \infty} \|A^m\|^{1/m},$$ where $\rho$ is the spectral radius (norm of maximal ...
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Eigenfunctions and spectrum of $T:H \to H^*$ where $H$ is a Hilbert space

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space with dual $H^*$. Suppose $T:H \to H^*$ is a linear bounded symmetric operator. (We probably don't want to identify $H$ with $H^*$). Can we talk about the ...
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spectral decomposition of a bivariate function

Now I have a function $f=f(x,y)$, smooth and symmetric(i.e. $f(x,y)=f(y,x)$ everywhere), with arguments defined on a compact set: $(x,y)\in[0,1]\times[0,1]$. I'd wish to know if $f$ can be expanded ...
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Spectrum of a operator in bilateral sequences

I have the following exercise Let $\ell_p(\mathbb Z)$ be the Banach space of complex bilateral sequences and let $(e_n)$ be the canonical basis. Let $T$ be the linear operator $\ell_p(\mathbb Z)\to ...
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Invariant functions on product of ergodic systems is determined by eigenfunctions?

Given an ergodic measure-preserving system $(X,\mathcal{B},\mu,T)$, the product system $(X\times X, T \times T, \mu \times \mu )$ need not be ergodic, in other words: It may have non-trivial invariant ...
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Affine transform of multivariate gaussian

If $X_1, \ldots, X_n$ are iid $N(0,1)$ or in other words $\mathbf{X}=(X_1, \ldots, X_n)$ is distributed $N(\mathbf{0}, \mathbf{I})$, then $A\mathbf{X}+\mu$ is distributed $N(\mu, AA^t)$. Showing that ...
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Is a bounded Borel function of a normal operator normal

I am playing around with Borel functional calculus to try to understand it, and made the following argument: Let $T\in B(H)$ (bounded operator on Hilbert space) be normal. Let $f\in C(\sigma(T)) $ ...
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Spectrum of an integral operator.

For any $f\in C([0,1],\mathbb{R})$ set $$ Tf(x) = \int_0^1 [\min\{x,y\}\cdot f(y)]dy. $$ I have just proved that $T$ is a compact operator from $C([0,1],\mathbb{R})$ into itself. I would like to know ...
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A characterization of a certain family of matrices in terms of another matrix.

Consider a real matrix $A$ of dimension $n \times n$. Assume $k \leq n$ is given. I am looking for ways to describe the following set of matrices in terms of properties of $A$. $\mathcal{S}(A) = \{B ...
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Riesz Functional Calculus vs. Holomorphic Functional Calculus

"Functional calculus" is a word used to describe the practice of taking some functions or formulas defined on complex numbers, and apply them in some way to certain kinds of operators, despite that ...
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Positive Linear Transformations: What good for?

Positivity is a concept appearing quite frequently in the study of algebras and its related spectral theory. Positive elements naturally give rise to an ordering and therefore allows to construct ...
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Finding the smallest max eigenvalues for related matrices?

While messing around with a spectral approach to a graph coloring question, I happened upon a type of problem I hadn't seen before. Suppose you have two symmetric $n$ x $n$ matrices in the form ...
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Selfadjoint Operator: Empty Spectrum

Can a selfadjoint operator have empty spectrum? (As far as I remember, yes; but just to be sure.) The point is that if so then the closure of its spectrum cannot equal the convex hull of its ...
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Normal Operators: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range

Disclaimer: As I realized in the comments that this works for normal operators I decided to modify this question. Besides, I got the proof now - thanks to T.A.E.! Prove that for normal operators the ...
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Define a positive dot product in $\mathbb{R^3}$

Consider the matrix $A= \begin{bmatrix} k & k-1 & 0 \\ 1-k & 2-k & 0 \\ 2k-3 & 2k-1 & 2 \end{bmatrix} $ with $k \in \mathbb{R}$ and let be $f_a: \mathbb{R^3} \rightarrow ...
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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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Question about the Averson's proof of the bicommutant theorem.

In the Averson's proof of the bicommutant theorem is proved that, if $A$ is a self-adjoint algebra of operators with trivial null space and $T \in A''$, for every $\epsilon>0$, $n=1,2..$ and every ...
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Question about a passage in the Bicommutant Theorem's proof.

In the Averson's book, in the proof of the Von Neumann's Bicommutant theorem there is this passage: ($A $ is a self-adjoint algebra of operators in $L(H)$) "Let $\xi_1$ be an element of the Hilbert ...
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Invertibility of $I-A$ if the spectral radius of the operator $A$ is less than $1$

I want an explication of the following fact: If the spectral radius of a bounded operator $A$ on a Banach space is less than one, then $I - A$ is invertible.
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Continuity of the spectral radius

Let $M \in \mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$ be a nonnegative irreducible matrix with strictly positive entries on its main diagonal. Then $M$ is primitive and by the Perron-Frobenius Theorem we know that the ...
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Commutant of a set of operators and norm topology.

In the references I have it's remarked that the commutant $S'$ of a set $S$ in $B(H)$, where $H$ is a Hilbert space, is closed in the weak operator topology. And this is true because if ...
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Why is the Gelfand transform injective?

There is a theorem that proves that if $A$ is a commutative C*-Algebra, the Gelfand map is an isometric *-isomorphism of $A$ onto $\hat{A}$ i.e. the spectrum of $A$. (Theorem 1.1 in Averson's "An ...
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Non-Unitarily Diagonalizable Matrices

When searching for matrices that are similar to a diagonal matrix but not in a unitary way then a first hint would be to exclude the normal ones. But apart from that is there a general form for such ...
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Resolvent and spectrum of a self-adjoint extension

In this paper, they give the resolvent, spectrum, and eigenfunctions of the self-adjoint extension of the Laplacian on a rectangle that corresponds to a delta potential at an arbitrary point (items ...
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Spectrum of $Tu=\int^1_{-1} (1-|x-y|)u(y)dy $

Consider the operator $$ Tu(x)=\int^1_{-1} (1-|x-y|)u(y)dy $$ We want to find the spectrum of $T$. The kernel is certainly bounded and so this operator is Hilbert-Schmidt, so $T$ is compact. We ...
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Just a translation issue.

I'm italian and my professor of spectral theory wrote the list to the arguments to be studied in italian. The problem is that all the literature is in english and often the translation are a bit ...
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Prove that for a bounded self adjoint operator, $\langle Tx,x\rangle \geq 0$ is equivalent to $\sigma(T)\subset [0,\infty)$

Prove that for a bounded self adjoint operator, the following are equivalent: A: $\langle Tx,x\rangle \geq 0$ B: $\sigma(T)\subset [0,\infty)$ What I have said so far: Since $T$ is self adjoint, ...
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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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Normal Matrices Unitarily Diagonazible

Disclaimer: This thread is just meant to record (Q&A). Are the unitarily diagonazible matrices precisely the normal ones? Surely, every normal matrix has an eigenbasis. Now I got asked by a ...
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Prove that spec$(f(A)) = f$(spec$(A)).$

Can someone please explain this proof to me? Thanks! Let $A \in \mathbb{C}^n$ and let $f(x)$ be a polynomial. Prove that spec$(f(A)) = f$(spec$(A))$ (where if $S \subseteq \mathbb{C},$ $f(S) :=$ $\{ ...
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Book on periodic Schrödinger operators

I am looking for good books about the spectral theory of periodic (1-dimensional) Schrödinger operators on a compact interval. A good reference I found was Reed/Simon Analysis of Operators (and a ...
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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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Consider a symmetric matrix $X$ with eigendecomposition $X=UVU^T$, how to call $\sum_{v_{k,k}>0}v_{k,k}u_ku_k^T$?

Consider a symmetric matrix $X$ with eigendecomposition $X=UVU^T$ How do people call $\sum_{v_{k,k}>0}v_{k,k}u_ku_k^T$? Sum of positive components of $X$? The positive semi definite part of $X$? ...