# Tagged Questions

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

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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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 ...