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

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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 L^{...
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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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Eigenvalues of the circle over the Laplacian operator

I would like to find the spectrum of a circle. It seems that there are no boundary conditions, but I'm not quite certain. How could I find the spectrum of a circle over the Laplacian operator?
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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 \mathbb{...
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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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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 $S-\...
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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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Resolvent: Definition

Given a Banach space. Consider linear operators: $$T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to E:\quad T(\kappa x+\lambda y)=\kappa T(x)+\lambda T(y)$$ (No other assumptions on the operator!) Denote for shorthand: $$R_\...
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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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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 L^{...
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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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Summary: Spectrum vs. Numerical Range

This thread is only Q&A! Given a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. Consider operators: $$T:\mathcal{D}(T)\to\mathcal{H}$$ Denote for shorthand: $$\Omega\subseteq\mathbb{C}:\quad\langle\Omega\rangle:=...
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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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Intuitive understanding of Maximin Principle

From the the book page $324$, does someone could explain to me the Theorem $2$. Maximin principle? I have a bit of difficulties to well understand how works this theorem. A simple example would be ...
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Operator: not closable!

Is there an operator between Banach spaces with the following properties: $$T:\mathcal{D}(T)\subseteq X\to Y:\text{ injective, dense range, continuously invertible, not closable!}$$ (Note that the ...
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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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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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An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $.

This is a problem from Conway’s Functional Analysis: Definition An approximate eigenvalue for $ T \in B(X) $ is a scalar $ \lambda $ such that there is a sequence of unit vectors $ x_{n} \in X $ ...
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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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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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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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Min-Max Principle $\lambda_n = \inf_{X \in \Phi_n(V)} \{ \sup_{u \in X} \rho(u) \}$ - Explanations

In general, I am generally someone who like to solve questions with visual support. With this idea in mind, is it someone could explain to me, with a visual support if possible, how is it possible to ...
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Linearization of PDE: $0$ is an eigenvalue since all translates of travelling waves are also travelling waves

Consider the following PDE: $$ u_t=u_{xx}+f(u)-w,~~~~~w_t=\varepsilon (u-\gamma w),~~~~~~~~~(1) $$ where $f(u)=u(u-a)(1-u), 0<a<\frac{1}{2}, \varepsilon,\gamma >0, \varepsilon\ll 1,\gamma\ll ...
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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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Central Limit Theorem proof: Taylor series diverges for harmonics with higher number and those harmonics can't be neglected

I've read several proofs of Central Limit Theorem and they all seemed inaccurate to me, because they drop last members of Taylor series, whereas those members are not infinitesimal. The classical ...
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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: $$E:\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{C})\...
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Spectrum of a nilpotent operator

Let $X$ be a Banach space and $A:X\to X$ be a bounded operator such that $A^n=0$ for some $n\in \mathbb{N}$. Is the spectrum of $A$ finite, countable ?
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Selfadjoint Operator: Basic Criterion

For symmetric operators one has: $$A\text{ symmetric}:\quad\mathcal{R}(A\pm\imath)=\mathcal{H}\implies A^*=A$$ How to prove this in an unveiling way?
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Singular-value inequalities

This is my question: Is the following statement true ? Let $H$ be a real or complex Hilbertspace and $R,S:H \to H$ compact operators. For every $n\in\mathbb{N}$ the following inequality holds: $$\...
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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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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 L^{2}(\mathbb{...
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Find the spectrum of the linear operator $T: \ell^2 \to \ell^2$ defined by $Tx=(\theta x_{n-1} +(1-\theta)x_{n+1})_{n\in \mathbb{Z}}$

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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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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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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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: $Tf(x,...
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Proof of Spectral Theorem

There are a number of results called Spectral Theorems. This question deals with the Linear Algebra result on normal operators, which has the self-adjoint case as a particular case. In class, we saw ...
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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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Definition of resolvent set

I'm having trouble understanding some subtlety of definition of resolvent set for given bounded operator A everywhere defined on some Hilbert space. Book I use (and many other sources) give the ...
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Necessary and sufficient conditions for when spectral radius equals the largest singular value. [duplicate]

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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Eigenvalues of the 1D laplacian with mixed boundary conditions

I am trying to find the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the Laplacian with mixed boundary conditions on $[0,L]$: More precisely: $$X''(x) = \lambda X(x)$$ with $X'(0)=0$ and $X(L)=a$. I know how to ...
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Extensions: Spectrum

Problem Given a C*-algebra $\mathcal{A}_0$ and unital extensions $1\in\mathcal{A}$ and $1'\in\mathcal{A}'$. Regard a common element: $$A_0\in\mathcal{A}_0:\quad A^{(\prime)}:=\iota^{(\prime)}(A_0)$$ ...
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Wave kernel for the circle $\mathbb{S}^1$ - Poisson Summation Formula

Question : How could I compute the (wave) kernel from the fact I have already found (wave) trace on unit circle? The definitions are related to the page $25$ of the following pdf. As the Spectrum$(S^...
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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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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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Spectrum of the $\ell^{1}$ operator $A(x)=(x_{2}+x_{3}+x_{4}+ \dots,x_1,x_2,x_3,\dots)$

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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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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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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Eigenvalues of tridiagonal matrix

on page 13 of the paper here there is a proof in theorem 4 that all eigenvalues of this tridiagonal matrix, which has strictly positive entries down the subdiagonals, are simple. Unfortunately, I don'...