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

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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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Doubt about integration over a curve

I'm reading a paper and I have a doubt: Suppose we have a compact Riemannian manifold and an eigenfunction of the Laplace operator $\Delta u=-\lambda u$. Suppose in addition that we have the following ...
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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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A question about the article 'You can't hear the shape of a drum'

I have read the article http://www.math.upenn.edu/~kazdan/425S11/Drum-Gordon-Webb.pdf, , where Gordon and Webb describe in a simple a way the contruction of a pair of isospectral but non isometric ...
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renorm a Banach space to make an operator have spectral radius equal to norm

Let $X$ be an infinite-dimensional complex Banach space equipped with the norm $\lVert\cdot\rVert$, and let $T\in\mathcal{L}(X)$ a bounded linear operator on $X$. Let $r(T)$ denote the spectral ...
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Question about the Spectral Theorem for Self Adjoint Operators and Eigenvalues

I have been working through Teschl's book "Mathematical Methods in Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Schrodinger Operators" and I am stuck on a problem in Chapter 3. I am trying to prove that if ...
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What properties do isospectral Riemannian manifolds share?

I'm studying the Laplacian on (compact) Riemannian manifolds, and it turns out that if the Laplacian operators of two such spaces share their spectrum (the spaces are then called isospectral), then ...
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Is the spectrum of a first order PDO always unbounded from both sides?

Let $E \to X$ be a smooth vector bundle over a compact Riemannian manifold $X$ and assume that $P:\Gamma(E) \to \Gamma(E)$ is a self-adjoint partial differential operator of order $1$. We think of ...
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Is there a cyclic vector for $-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on $L^{2}[0,2\pi]$ with periodic conditions?

Let $\mathcal{H}=L^{2}[0,2\pi]$, and let $L=-\frac{d^{2}}{dx^{2}}$ on the domain $\mathcal{D}(L)$ consisting of twice absolutely continuous functions $f$ on $[0,2\pi]$ with $f''\in\mathcal{H}$ and ...
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Spectral decomposition of $TT^*$

On $l_{2}$ let $T$ be given by $Te_{n}=\frac{e_{n+1}}{n+1}$ where $(e_{n})_{n\ge1}$ is the canonical orthonormal basis. Find the spectral decomposition of $TT^*$. I find that ...
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For $A$ self-adjoint, $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x\rangle = \max \sigma(A)$

For a self-adjoint operator $A$ on a Hilbert space $H$, one has $\sup_{|x|=1}\langle Ax,x \rangle = \max\sigma(A)$. I want to prove this using the spectral theorem. My idea is: Let $a = ...
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Is it possible for an operator to have only one eigenvalue in this case? - in need of a proof

First of all i have to state that i am a newcommer to spectral theory so please take it easy on me :). On lectures our professor derived this equation: \begin{align} \underbrace{\psi ...
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Recovering a Matrix knowing its eigenvectors and eigenvalues

Given the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a matrix $R^{n\times n}$ is that possible to recover the same matrix from smaller matrices $R^{(n-1) \times (n-1)}$ where one of its eigenvalues and ...
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Continuous spectral value of right shift operator $\ell^2(\mathbb{N})$

Let $T:\ell^2(\mathbb{N} \to \ell^2(\mathbb{N})$ be the operator that sends$(x_1,x_2,x_3,...) \to (0,x_1,x_2,x_3,....)$. I want to show that $\lambda = 1$ is in the continuous spectrum. To approach ...
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Eigenprojection as Contour Integral over Resolvent

Let $H$ be a Hilbert space and let $A \in L(H)$ be a bounded linear operator. Assume that $\lambda$ is an eigenvalue of $A$ and assume further that $C_\lambda$ is a simple closed curve in the complex ...
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Relations between spectrum and quadratic forms in the unbounded case

Let $H$ be a complex Hilbert space. If $B$ is a bounded self-adjoint operator on $H$ then its spectrum is a closed and bounded subset of the real line and we can find its extremes in terms of the ...
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A solution of $-y'' + q(x)y= \lambda y$

Could you help me with the following problem (from Poschel and Trubowitz)? I am looking for a solution of the differential equation $-y'' + q(x)y= \lambda y$, for $0 \leq x \leq 1$ with ...
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When functions, analytically continued, carry over certain properties

Let $ \Omega $ be a sufficiently smooth planar region in $ \mathbb{R}^2 $ with spectrum $ \Gamma $ (the set of eigenvalues of the Laplace operator on functions which vanish on the boundary $ \partial ...
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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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Computation the different spectrums of an operator

Let $X:=C^0([0,2],\mathbb C)$,$\phi\in X$ and $T\in L(X)$ defined as: $$(Tf)(t):=\phi(t)f(t),t\in [0,2]$$ Compute: $\sigma_p(T),\sigma_c(T),\sigma_r(T),\sigma(T)$ and $\rho(T)$ I am quite new to ...
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Time-independent magnetic Schrodinger equation

Let $B$ be a magnetic field, let $\mathbf{a}$ be a vector and let $\Psi$ be the wave function. If $\mathcal{H}(B) = (-i\nabla + B\mathbf{a})^2$, where $\nabla$ is the gradient, then the ...
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In which cases the spectrum of an operator contains only eigenvalues?

Let $X\neq \{0\}$ be a complex normed spaces (not necessarily finite-dimensional) and $T:D(T)\subset X\to X$ a linear operator (not necessarily bounded). I would like to know under what conditions can ...
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Simultaneous Orthogonal basis for $L^2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ and $H^1(\mathbb{R}^n)$

Given a smooth bounded set $U\subset \mathbb{R}^n$, there is a simultaneous orthogonal basis for $L^2(U)$ and $H^1_0(U)$ by the existence of eigenvectors to the Laplacian in a bounded domain, which ...
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operator on separable banach space whose spectrum and point spectrum is prescribed compact set

I am interested in obtaining the following paper: G. K. Kalisch, "On operators with large point spectrum," Scripta Math. 29 No. 3-4, (1973), 371-378. According to Ben Mathes, "Strictly Cyclic ...
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Unique ergodicity a spectral invariant?

Suppose $f:X\to X$ and $g:Y\to Y$ are two automorphism of measure spaces. Suppose there is an unitary operator $V:L^2(X)\to L^2(Y)$ satisfying $VU_fV^*=U_g$, here $U_f$ and $U_g$ are the Koopman ...
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Sources on Inverse Spectral Theory

I follow the book "Inverse Spectral Theory" by J. Pöschel and E. Trubowitz in which functional analysis is very much involved. I am curious about another approach using more real analysis and theory ...
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spectral integral

I am learning spectral integration for my summer. I am stuck at a point. Having got hold of a spectral measure, we define the spectral integral of a simple function as usual and then approximate any ...
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SVD, infinite matrices and normal operators from a function

I'm trying to understand the behavior the Singular Value Decomposition on a deeper level, and why it might give a particular result. Take the function $$ f(x,y) = \frac{1}{(1+2x+y)^2} $$ and ...
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In relation with the set of Fredholm perturbation elements

Let $A$ and $B$ be two unital Banach algebras and $T\colon A\to B$ an homomorphism of Banach algebras. Let denote the set of Fredholm perturbation elements in $A$, i.e. $\operatorname{Ft}:=\{r\in ...
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Compute the continuous spectrum of an unbounded operator in $L^2(\mathbb{R}^2)^2$.

In "Béthuel, F. und J. C. Saut: Travelling waves for the Gross-Pitaevskii equation. I. Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Phys. Théor., 70(2):147–238, 1999." the authors write on page 150, that one can easily ...
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Spectra of a multiplication operator on $C^0(\overline\Omega)$

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb{C}$ open and bounded, $X = C^0(\overline{\Omega})$ (vector space of continuous complex-valued functions). For an $y \in X$ with $y(\overline{\Omega}) = \{\lambda \in ...
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Using Rayleigh Quotient to approximate the first eigenvalue of the Laplace operator on the unit disk

Let $D\subset\mathbb{R}^{2}$ unit disk, the first eigenvalue of the Laplace operator holds: $\lambda_{1}=\inf\left\{ \frac{\int_{D}\left|\triangledown ...
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If $S$ and $T$ are commuting, normal operators, then $ST$ is normal

If $S$ and $T$ are commuting, normal operators, then $ST$ is normal That says it all, but let me be more specific. (By the way Wikipedia says this: "The product of normal operators that commute ...
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Asymptotics of Riemann-Lebesgue type integral

How to show that for $u \in L_{\mathbb{C}}^2$ and $a>0$, $$\int_0^a u(t) \sin{\sqrt{\lambda}t} \,dt = o(e^{|Im\sqrt{\lambda}|a}),\text{ as } |\lambda| \rightarrow \infty$$ Note that $\lambda$ ...
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Find spectrum of $Af (x) = \int\limits_0^\pi \sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty 5^{-n} \cos(nx)\cos(nt) f(t)\;dt$

I need to find spectrum of $Af (x) = \int\limits_0^\pi \sum\limits_{n=1}^\infty 5^{-n} \cos(nx)\cos(nt) f(t)\;dt$ in $L_2[0,\pi]$. I know that this operator is self-adjoint, so its residual spectrum ...
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Construct a multiplication operator which has dense point spectrum

By a multiplication operator here we mean an operator $$Af(t)=m(t)f(t), \qquad f \in D(A)=\{x \in L^2(\mathbb{R} \mid m(t)f(t) \in L^2(\mathbb{R})\}$$ where $m$ is a Borel measurable function on ...
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Continuous spectrum can shrink to an isolated point

Let $A$ be a bounded linear operator in a Hilbert space $H$. I had the misconception that the continuous spectrum of $A$ would necessarily have some "continuous" appearance: an interval, a union of ...
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Boundary conditions Legendre equation

I have Legendre's equation $$L(f)=\frac{1}{\sin(\theta)} \left(- \frac{d}{d\theta} \sin(\theta) \frac{df}{d \theta} \right)$$ Now I know that after substituting $\cos(\theta) =x$ we get a ...
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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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Reference for simplicity of the principal eigenvalue of the Laplacian

i'm currently searching for a proper reference or proof to see that the first eigenvalue $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$ of \begin{equation*} - \Delta u = \lambda u \text{ in } \Omega, \\ u \in ...
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interpretation of generalized eigenvalue/vectors in spectral graph theory

Let us say I have a symmetric graph adjacency matrix A, a degree matrix D, a laplacian L (D-A). I have a generalized eigenvalue equation $Av=\lambda Lv$. Does the eigenvalue/vectors produced in this ...
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Spectrum of the Orr Sommerfeld equation

The Orr Sommerfeld equation is as follows $$\psi''-k^2 \psi - \frac{U''}{U-c}\psi=0$$ where $\psi(y)$ is a complex valued function on $[0,2\pi]$ satisfying Dirichlet boundary conditions ...
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Inverse of bounded self adjoint operator on HS is self adjoint?

Let $A=A^{*}$ be a bounded self adjoint operator on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$ with Range Ran$(A) = D$ dense in $\mathcal{H}$. $A$ is injective, since Ran$(B) \perp ker(B^{*}) = ker(B)$. So ...
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Change of basis and spectral theorem

I've been having trouble with such a rudimentary problem. Let us define a matrix $A$: $$A = \begin{pmatrix} 3 & 0 & -i \\ 0 & 3 & 0 \\ i & 0 & 3 \end{pmatrix}$$ A is a 3 by 3 ...
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Banach algebra.

Iam new in this field. I am reading a paper and have encoutered the following Lemma. Let $u\in F_{1}.$ Then $Sp(u)=\{0, tr(u)\},$ where $F_{1}$ is the set of one-dimensional elements and tr(u) is the ...
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Application of the spectral decomposition theorem to PDE

In the compact version, there is many application of the spectral decomposition of a bounded self-adjoint operator: Sturm-Liouville, spectre of the laplacian,... But for the general version which ...
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Proof of the spectral theorem for normal operators from two lemmas

I have the following lemmas that I can prove: Let $T$ be a linear operator on a Hermitian space $V$ and let $W$ be a $T$-invariant subspace of $V$ . Then $W^⊥$ is $T^*$-invariant Let $T$ be a normal ...
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Inverting a discrete linear transformation

Consider the transformation from the set $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^N$ to the set $\{p_j\}_{j=0}^N$: $$ p_j = \sum_{n = 0}^Na_n\phi_n(x_j)$$ where $\{\phi_n(x)\}_{n=0}^N$ is a set of basis functions (linearly ...
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Calculus of Variations statement of a Singular Value Decomposition?

My previous question on SVD gained very little traction, so I thought I'd try a different version that hopefully has an explicit solution. As noted in the linked question, I am taking a function of ...