Spectral theory is the study of generalized notions of eigenvalues and eigenvectors for linear operators in Banach spaces.

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A question about minimizing the $\lambda_{max}$ over a set of diagonal perturbations

Say I have an off-diagonal symmetric $0,1,-1$ entry matrix $B$ and a set of $2k$ diagonal matrices, $D_{11}, D_{12}, D_{21}, D_{22},..,D_{k1},D_{k2}$. (if it helps you can assume that $(1)$ all the ...
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Given a spectrum, what can we know about its function?

Say we are given a well-behaved function $f(t)$ (either discrete or continuous) and are able to compute its spectrum $F(k)$ using the (discrete) Fourier transform. Then say we lose $f(t)$ and know ...
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Approximate Identities

Statement : Let $U$ be a C* algebra and$\lambda=\left\{A\in U:A\geq 0, ||A||<1\right\}$. If $B\in \lambda$ then if $X\in U$ $$||X^*(I-B)^2X||\leq ||X^*(I-B)X||$$ For reference this is from ...
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Spectral radius and matrix norm inequality as its consequence

I am trying to undestand a proof and there is one part that's holding me back. By assumption we have that spectral radius $\rho(A) < 1$. Hence, following inequality should hold $$\|A^k\| < C ...
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Eigenvalues of Moore–Penrose Pseudo-Inverse of a Symmetric Matrix

I was wondering if there is any bound or inequality for the eigenvalues of Moore–Penrose pseudo-inverse of a real $n\times n$ symmetric matrix $A$ in terms of eigenvalues of $A$, namely $\lambda_i$'s ...
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significance and importance of spectral theorem

I have started recently started Operator Theory and have been introduced to the Spectral Mapping Theorem: If $a \in \mathcal{A}$, where $\mathcal{A}$ is a unital Banach Algebra and $f \in ...
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Eigenvalues of doubly stochastic matrices

There was a long standing conjecture stating that the geometric location of eigenvalues of doubly stochastic matrices of order $n$ is exactly the union of regular $k$-gons anchored at $1$ in the unit ...
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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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Continuous spectrum is a subset of point spectrum

I have to prove that the continuous spectrum $\sigma_c(T)$ is a subset of the point spectrum $\sigma_p(T)$. I started off by supposing that there is some spectral value $\lambda$ such that $\lambda ...
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Spectral measures, supports, compact operators

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $K:H\rightarrow H$ a compact self-adjoint operator. The spectral measure of $K$ wrt $v\in H$ is uniquely determined by $$\langle K^n v,v \rangle=\int_{\mathbb{R}} x^n ...
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Convergence of spectra under strong convergence of operators

Say $\left\{A_n\right\}$ is a sequence of bounded self-adjoint operators on a separable Hilbert space, converging in strong operator topology to a (bounded, self-adjoint) operator $A$. Denote the ...
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Real eigenvalues, similar symmetric matrix

I know that symmetric matrices have real eigenvalues, and that non-symmetric matrices that are similar to symmetric matrices must also have real eigenvalues, but is the converse true? That is, if a ...
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Eigenvalues of matrix sums

Under what conditions are the eigenvalues of $A+B$ equal to the eigenvalues of $A$ plus the eigenvalues of $B$, where $A,B$ are square matrices? From searching, it seems that the condition is that ...
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Matrix spectral space vs entry space in symmetric matrices

Is is known that the space of symmetric matrices $\mathbb{R}_{sym}^{n \times n}$ has $\binom{n}{2}$ dimensions. And according to the spectral theorem every symmetric matrix $A \in ...
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An exercise about the spectrum of an element in Banach algebra.

An exercise of Banach algebra, section of spectrum has wanted the proof of this statement: Let $A$ be a Banach algebra and $x\in A$. Show that for every open set $U$ in $\mathbb{C}$ that contains ...
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On important functions relflecting spectral properties of Jacobi operators

The spectral analysis of Jacobi (semi-infinite, tridiagonal) operators acting on $\ell^{2}(\mathbb{N})$ is deeply investigated. A crucial role is played by function $m$ which is usually known as Weyl ...
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Construction of a Strongly Regular Graph which has regular Neighbourhood graphs in all iteration.

Notation and Definition: $G$ is a Strongly Regular Graph (not complete or a cycle) and is denoted by $\mathrm{SRG}(n,r, \lambda, \mu)$ if it has the following properties: Every two adjacent ...
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Absolutely Continuous Spectrum and Norm of Resolvent

Problem. Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, and let $A:H\rightarrow H$ be a bounded, linear operator. Suppose $A$ has purely absolutely continuous spectrum and $\sigma_{ac}(A)=[0,1]$. Find the set of ...
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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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Prove that if $T=T^*$ and $\sigma(T)=\{\lambda\}$, then $T=\lambda I$

Show that if $T$ is a self adjoint linear operator on a Hilbert space such that the spectrum contains a single point $\lambda$, then $T=\lambda I$. Then, show this is false if $T$ is not self ...
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Spectral resolution of multiplication operator

Kosaku YOSIDA claims in his book "Functional Analysis" that it is easy to see that the multiplication operator $Hx(t) = tx(t)$ in $L^2(-\infty,+\infty)$ admits the spectral resolution $H = ...
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Trace evaluation via complex analysis

We are given $U$, $V$ unitary matrices of size $N \times N$ whose spectral decomposition is known (in my specific problem, $N=4$, and $U$, $V$ are matrices with real coefficients but we can keep it ...
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Operators whose spectrum has a finite number of connected component

Assume that $H$ is a separable Hilbert space. Let $Q$ be the set of all operators$T \in B(H)$ such that the spectrum of $T$ has a finite number of connected component. Is $Q$ a subvector space ...
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A property of normal matrices

The statement I am trying to understand is that if $A$ is nilpotent and normal, then $A$ is the zero matrix. Here, I believe we take $A$ to be a square matrix over $\mathbb{C}$. Is this related to the ...
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In an inner product space, if the matrix is symmetric, is an eigenspace necessarily orthogonal to the range space?

Say I have 3 distinct eigenvalues for a symmetric matrix. By the Spectral Theorem, the three eigenspaces are mutually orthogonal. But, if I just wanted to compute the first eigenspace, ...
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Spectral theorem for representations proof.

Let $H$ be a separable Hilbert space, and $U$ a unitary representation of $\mathbb{Z}^d$ on $H$. Let $\chi_m$ be the characters of the Torus $T^d$, and $m$ the Haar measure on $T^d$. I would like to ...
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spectrum of weighted translation semigroup

My Banach space is $\mathcal X=\rm{L}^1(\mathbb R_+)$. I would like to know the spectrum of $A\phi(x)=-\phi'(x)-f(x)\phi(x)$ on $D(A) = \{g\in\mathcal X,\ g\text{ absolutely continuous}, g(0)=0\text{ ...
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How does the product of sets of complex numbers give a character?

I'm working through this "Introduction to Banach Algebras" and just after proposition 8.2 they say: If $A$ is a commutative Banach algebra, $a\in A$ and $\phi\in M(A)$, then $\phi(a)\in sp(a)$. ...
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Spectrum of weighted shift operator

The Banach space considered is the following: $(l^{\infty}(\mathbb{Z}), \|\cdot\|_{*})$ with $\|x\|_{*}=\|(...,x_{-1},x_{0},x_{1},...)\|_{*}=|x_{0}|+\text{sup}_{k\neq 0}|x_{k}|$. Define $A$, an ...
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Dense Operators: Spectrum

This thread is Q&A. Given a Banach space $E$. Consider closed operators: $$T:\mathcal{D}(T)\subseteq E\to E:\quad T=\overline{T}$$ Then for the domain: ...
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Confusion between spectral radius of matrix and spectral radius of the operator

The adjacency matrix $A(G)$ of an infinite undirected graph $G$ is considered as a bounded self-adjoint linear operator $A$ on the Hilbert Space $l^2(G)$ (last section of ...
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Spectral Measures: Embedding

This thread is just a note! Given a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider a normal operator: $$N:\mathcal{D}(N)\to\mathcal{H}:\quad N^*N=NN^*$$ And its spectral measure: ...
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Why isn't every element of the spectrum an eigenvalue? (Where is the error in my proof?)

My book defines the spectrum like this: Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space, let $I \in B(H)$ be the identity operator and let $T \in B(H)$. The spectrum of $T$, denoted $\sigma(T)$, is defined ...
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Are they true these generalizations from matrices to operators about functional calculus?

Motivation: If we have some real function $f$ defined on an interval $I$ and $D=\operatorname{diag}(\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n)$ is a diagonal matrix such that $\lambda_i \in I$ for all $1\leqslant i ...
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Is there a residue theorem for holomorphic operator-valued functions?

I'm wondering whether there is such a thing as a "residue theorem for holomorphic operator-valued functions". More precisely, I want to evaluate an integral of the form $P:=\int_{\Gamma} (A(\lambda) ...
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How can I tell that my matrix is nilpotent?

I just computed a 15x15 matrix by hand :( It is not upper triangular as I hoped it would be. But my computations agree with what's offered in the student solution. My question is: the solution ...
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spectral measure and normal operators range

Let $N$ be a normal operator with spectral measure $E$. We want to show that if $N=\int z\ dE(z)$ and $ε>0$, then $\operatorname{ran} E(\{z∶ |z|>ε\})⊆\operatorname{ran}N$. Is this true? Let ...
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Projections: Orthogonality

Given a unital C*-algebra $1\in\mathcal{A}$. Consider projections: $$P^2=P=P^*\quad P'^2=P'=P'^*$$ Order them by: $$P\perp P':\iff\sigma(\Sigma P)\leq1\quad(\Sigma P:=P+P')$$ Then equivalently: ...
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Essential Selfadjointness of Quantum Harmonic Oscillator Hamiltonian

The Hamiltonian for the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator is (disregarding constants) the Hermite operator $$ Hf = -f''+x^{2}f, $$ where $\mathcal{D}(H)$ consists of all twice absolutely ...
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normal operators spectral decomposition

Let $N$ be a normal operator with spectral measure $E$. We want to show that if $N=\int z\ dE(z)$ and $ε>0$, then $\operatorname{ran} E(\{z∶ |z|>ε\})⊆\operatorname{ran}N$.
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Proof that a random measure with orthogonal increments is a measure

Let me first state what I mean by a random measure with orthogonal increments. Definition: A random measure with orthogonal increments $Z$ is a collection $\left(Z(B): B \in ...
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what is a spectral function?

My knowledge in spectral theory is very limited, but lately I heard talking about the spectral function of an operator and how it's important. By curiosity I tried to look for a definition and a ...
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If a normal element of a C* algebra has real spectrum, then it is self-adjoint

Let $A$ be a $C^*\!$-algebra. Suppose $x$ is a normal element of $A$ and $\operatorname{spect}(x)$ lies in $\mathbb{R}$. Prove that $x$ is self-adjoint. I tried the following: using ...
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Normal Operators: 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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How exactly does one define the “spectral measure” of an operator?

I am seeing kind of different definitions of "spectral measure" at different places and its not clear to me as to what is the universal idea. It would be great to get some "standard" definition. In ...
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What do we know about rank-2 perturbations?

Are there any theorems known about the changes in spectrum of a matrix A when it is changed to A+X, when X is rank-2? I am particularly interested in the case when X is a zero matrix except for ...
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How is the study of fractals related to Fourier/spectral/harmonic analysis?

In chap. 3 of "Fractal Geometry of Nature" Mandelbrot mentions that "part of the study of fractals is the geometric face of harmonic analysis" (spectral or Fourier, he specifies), but to my dismay, ...
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Subspace Perturbation

For two positive semidefinite matrices $A,B\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times n}$, with dominant $r$ dimensional subspaces $U,V\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times r}$ and eigenvalues $\Sigma_A, \Sigma_B$, what can we say ...
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Weyl sequence for closure of an operator

I'm trying to solve following exercise and need some hints. Let $A= \bar{ A_0 }$ be closure of $A_0$ - a densely defined operator. Suppose $f_n \in D(A)$ is Weyl sequence for $z \in \sigma (A)$. Show ...
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cauchy's integral formula in operator theory

Can you prove cauchy's integral formula based on the assumptions in Conway book, operator theory, VII, 4.2? 4.2. Cauchy's Integral Formula If $\mathcal X$ is a Banach space, $G$ is an open subset ...