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

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Can spectrum “specify” an operator?

Given a bounded operator $A$ on a Banach space $X$, one may find the spectrum $\sigma(A)\subset{\bf C}$. Here are my questions: Given some set in the complex plane, say, $S\subset{\bf C}$, ...
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Example of a compact set that isn't the spectrum of an operator

This question is a follow-up to this recent question and related to that one. Is there an easy example of an (infinite-dimensional) Banach space $X$ and a non-empty compact set $K \subset ...
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Spectrum of Indefinite Integral Operators

I've considered the following spectral problems for a long time, I did not kow how to tackle them. Maybe they needs some skills with inequalities. For the first, suppose $T:L^{2}[0,1]\rightarrow ...
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Spectrum of a product of operators on a Banach space

Let $A$ and $B$ be two operators on a Banach space X. I am interested in the relationship between the spectra of $A$, $B$ and $AB$. In particular, are there any set theoretic inclusions or everything ...
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Resolvent Set: Definition

Given Banach spaces: $X,Y$ Consider a linear operator: $T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to Y$ (not necessarily bounded nor closed nor closable nor densely defined) Define for the shorthand the shifted operator: ...
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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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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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Selfadjoint Restrictions of Legendre Operator $-\frac{d}{dx}(1-x^{2})\frac{d}{dx}$

Problem: Let $Lf =-((1-x^{2})f')'$ be the Legendre differential operator defined on the domain $\mathcal{D}(L)$ consisting of twice absolutely continuous functions on $(-1,1)$ for which $f, Lf \in ...
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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 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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Compact operator? self adjoint operator? Stirling's formula

Define a pair of operators $S\colon\ell^2 \rightarrow \ell^2$ and $M\colon\ell^2 \to\ell^2$ as follows: $$S(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4,\ldots)=(0,x_1,x_2,x_3,\ldots) $$ and ...
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Spectrum of sum of operators on Banach spaces

Let $A$ and $B$ be two operators on a Banach space $X$. I am interested in the relationship between the spectra of $A$, $B$ and $A+B$. In particular, are there any set theoretic inclusions or ...
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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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Eignvalues of Laplacian operator and Sobolev spaces

Let $\Omega$ an open bounded in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $I$ un interval in $\mathbb{R}$, let $t_0 \in I$, $f\in H^1_0(\Omega)$, $g\in L^2(\Omega)$. Let $(\lambda_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ the eigen values od ...
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How to find eigenfunctions of a linear operator (follow-up question)

This is a follow up to this question. My original question was answered by @oeanamen but for convenience here I state the follow up question completely. I am interested in calculating characteristic ...
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What is spectrum for Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?

I know very well that Laplacian in bounded domain has a discrete spectrum. How about Laplacian in $\mathbb{R}^n$?(not in some fancy-shaped unbounded domain, but the whole domain) Where can I find ...
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Spectrum of Laplace operator

How can I prove that the spectrum of the Laplace operator $\Delta: H^2(\mathbb{R}^N)\subset L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)\rightarrow L^2(\mathbb{R}^N)$ is $\sigma(\Delta)=]-\infty,0]$?
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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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Importance of Toeplitz operators?

I am reading Arveson's A Short Course on Spectral Theory, in which the author states that Toeplitz operators are very important without giving references on their applications. After some searching, I ...
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Spectral decomposition of a normal matrix

I'd like to find the spectral decomposition of $A$: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 2-i & -1 & 0\\ -1 & 1-i & 1\\ 0 & 1 & 2-i \end{pmatrix}$$ i.e. $A=\sum_{i}\lambda_i P_i$ where ...
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Looking for a first order perturbation of the Laplacian having 0 in its spectrum

I would like to find an explicit example of a linear elliptic operator having the following form: $$Lu=-\Delta u +b(x)\cdot \nabla u, $$ where $b\colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^n$, and such that ...
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Spectrum of a shift composed with a multiplication operator on a vector valued Banach space

Let us consider the space $L_2(\mathbb{R} \times [0,1]; \mathbb{R}^n)$, i.e functions taking values in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and in $L_2$ . Suppose $T$ is a bounded linear operator defined as follows: ...
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Spectrum of a linear operator

Let $\ell^2 =\ell^2(\mathbb{Z})$. Choose $\theta \in ]0,1[$ and set: $$Tx=(\theta x_{n-1} +(1-\theta)x_{n+1})_{n\in \mathbb{z}}$$ for each $x=(x_n)_{n\in \mathbb{Z}}\in \ell^2$ (thus $T$ is a convex ...
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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 is the numerical range of an operator convex?

Let $T$ be a Hilbert space operator. Its numerical range is \begin{equation} W(T)=\{\langle Tx,x\rangle:\|x\|=1\}.\end{equation} It is a well-known fact that $W(T)$ is a convex subset of the complex ...
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Proving Stone's Formula for Constructively obtaining the Spectral Measure for $A=A^\star$

Let $A$ be a bounded or unbounded selfadjoint linear operator on a complex Hilbert space $H$ with spectral representation $A=\int_{\sigma}\lambda \, dE(\lambda)$ given by the Spectral Theorem for ...
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How to use the Spectral Theorem to Derive $L^{2}(\mathbb{R})$ Fourier Transform Theory

Without using Fourier transforms, how do I derive the spectral measure for $A=\frac{1}{i}\frac{d}{dt}$ on the domain $\mathcal{D}(A)$ consisting of absolutely continuous functions $f\in ...
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Spectrum of this Operator

Let $A\colon \ell^{1}\to \ell^{1}$ be defined by $A(x)=(x_{2}+x_{3}+x_{4}+ \dots,x_1,x_2,x_3,\dots)$ where $x\in\ell^1$ iff $\sum|x_k|<\infty$. Let $D$ be the closed unit disc in $\Bbb C$ and ...
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Why is the numerical range of a self-adjoint operator an interval?

I was reviewing for a test for functional analysis when I came across the following statement: Let $T$ be a bounded self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $H$. Then the numerical range of it is ...
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Spectra of periodic Schrödinger equations

This question might be a little bit physics-related, but I kind of have a deep interest to ask this here, cause I would like to get an idea of the Mathematics behind the things I just covered in my ...
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equality of two operators…

Please help me with the following problem( give some hints or references): Let $X$ be a Banach space and $B(X)$ be the algebra of bounded linear operators on $X$. Suppose that $A$ and $B$ are two ...
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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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How to find eigenfunctions of a linear operator

I wonder if there is a general way of finding characteristic values and eigenfunctions of a given linear operator described by an integral. As a special case suppose I am interested in this function: ...
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Associated Legendre polynomials

The associated Legendre ODE is given by $$ \left( (1-x^2) f'(x) \right)' - \frac{m^2}{1-x^2} f(x) = \lambda f(x)$$ The eigenfunctions have certain properties that I would like to understand by ...
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Reconstructing a Matrix in $\Bbb{R}^3$ space with $3$ eigenvalues, from matrices in $\Bbb{R}^2$

I have a matrix which represents a closed loop matrix of a control system with delays (Control Systems Theory) in $\Bbb{R}^3$ space that has $3$ eigenvalues. Through some process I have obtained three ...
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Spectrum and point spectrum of this operator

Let $T\in \text{Aut}(\ell^2(\mathbb{C}))$ and $T(x)=(a_1 x_1, a_2 x_2,\ldots)$ where $a=(a_i)_i \in \ell^\infty(\mathbb{C})$. How can I easily see what is $\sigma(T)$ and $\sigma_p(T)$ (that are ...
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Spectral radius of the Volterra operator

The Volterra operator acting on $L^2[0,1]$ is defined by $$A(f)(x)=\int_0^x f(t) dt$$ How can I calculate the spectral radius of $A$ using the spectral radius formula for bounded linear operators: ...
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references for the spectral theorem

Recently, I am thinking about the question in spectral theory. And I finally found that I need help with the properties of unitary operator. Its a consequence of the spectral theorem for the normal ...
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Spectral measures

Let $E:\Sigma\to\mathcal{L}(\mathcal{H})$ be a spectral measure on the Borel $\sigma$-algebra $\Sigma$ of $\mathbb{C}$. Assume also that $E$ is compactly supported in the sense that ...
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Is it true that the Laplace-Beltrami operator on the sphere has compact resolvents?

We consider the Riemannian structure on the sphere $\mathbb{S}^n$ seen as a submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ and the Laplace-Beltrami operator defined on $C^\infty(\mathbb{S}^n)$ by the equation ...
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What makes compact operators special?

I would like to understand why compact operators are considered so special to consider them as an extra class of operators. Over Hilbert spaces these (as far as I know) these are the ones with ...
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number of zeros of the superposition/interference of sine oscillations

There is a tricky problem to solve and we ask for your kind help. In a rather simple version of the problem, we have a set of oscillations of type $f(x)=\sin (\omega x + \phi)$ with different phases ...
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“Algebraic multiplicity” for eigenvalues of a Sturm-Liouville-like problem?

Following Coddington-Levinson's book Theory of ordinary differential equations, chapter 7: "Self-adjoint problems on finite intervals", let us consider the eigenvalue problem $$\pi(l):\begin{cases} ...
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A simple question about *-homomorphism in C*-algebra

Let $A$ and $B$ be C*-algebra, $h\colon A\rightarrow B$ is *-homomorphism. If $a\in A_{\operatorname{sa}}$, then $\operatorname{sp}(h(a))\backslash \{0\}\subset \operatorname{sp}(a)\backslash\{0\}$. ...
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Spectrum of an Orthogonal Projection Operator

I want to show that $ \sigma(p) = \{ 0,1 \} $ for any orthogonal projection operator $ p \notin \{ 0,I \} $ on a Hilbert space $ \mathcal{H} $. Recall that an orthogonal projection operator $ p $ on $ ...
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Behavior of the spectral radius of a convergent matrix when some of the elements of the matrix change sign

I want to prove (or disprove) the following statement: If $A$ is a square matrix with non-negative elements that has spectral radius less then $1$, then any matrix obtained from $A$ by ...
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Is there a solution to this integral equation?

The problem is related to this question: How to find eigenfunctions of a linear operator (follow-up question) I posted earlier. Suppose I want to solve the following integral equation: $$\int_0^1 ...
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Spectral radius, and a curious equality.

Given a $N\times N$ matrix $A$ over $\mathbb R$. Let $ \rho\left( A \right) = \max \left\{ {\left| \lambda \right|;\lambda \mbox{ eigenvalue of }A} \right\}$. Someone told me that, the following ...
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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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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 ...