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Seminar in spectral theory and related topics

In 2021, the seminar is a part of  EIMI thematic program Spectral Theory and Mathematical Physics. Seminar meetings are zoom sessions each Thursday. To participate in the seminar, please join the zoom channel 812-916-426. If you do not know the password, please write an email to Roman Bessonov. If you have google account (gmail) you could subscribe for seminar announcements by visiting this page, otherwise please contact the organizers and they will add your e-mail to the mailing list manually. Some records of talks given on the seminar are  available here.

You are welcome to contact the organizers Roman Bessonov and Fedor Bakharev with any issue.   

Forthcoming talks

December 2


Antoine Henrot, Université de Loraine  

Bounds for the first (non-trivial) Neumann eigenvalue and partial results on a nice conjecture 

Let \mu_1(\Omega) be the first non-trivial eigenvalue of the Laplace operator with Neumann boundary conditions. It is a classical task to look for estimates of the eigenvalues involving geometric quantities like the area, the perimeter, the diameter… In this talk, we will recall the classical inequalities known for \mu_1. Then we will focus on the following conjecture: prove that P^2(\Omega) \mu_1(\Omega) \leq 16 \pi^2 for all plane convex domains, the equality being achieved by the square AND the equilateral triangle. We will prove this conjecture assuming that \Omega has two axis of symmetry. 

This is a joint work with Antoine Lemenant and Ilaria Lucardesi (Nancy)

December 9


Iosif Polterovich, Université de Montréal

Eigenvalue inequalities on surfaces: from sharpness to stability

Isoperimetric inequalities for Laplace eigenvalues have a long history in geometric spectral theory, going back to the celebrated Faber-Krahn inequality for the fundamental tone of a drum. Still, many questions in the subject remain open, particularly in the Riemannian setting,

where interesting connections to minimal surface theory and harmonic maps have been discovered. I will discuss some recent advances on this topic, including sharp bounds for higher eigenvalues on the 2-sphere, as well as stability estimates for isoperimetric eigenvalue inequalities on surfaces. The talk is based on joint works with M. Karpukhin, N. Nadirashvili, M. Nahon, A. Penskoi, and D. Stern.

December 16


Jonathan Rohleder, Stockholm University

Eigenvalue inequalities for Laplace and Schrödinger operators

Eigenvalues of elliptic differential operators play a natural role in many classical problems in physics and they have been
investigated mathematically in depth. For instance, for the Laplacian on a bounded domain it is well-known that its eigenvalues corresponding to a Neumann boundary condition lie below those that correspond to a Dirichlet condition. In the course of time nontrivial improvements of this observation were found by Pólya, Payne, Levine and Weinberger,
Friedlander, and others. In this talk we present extensions of some of their results to further boundary conditions and to Schrödinger operators with real-valued potentials. Partially the results are joint works with Vladimir Lotoreichik and Nausica Aldeghi.

December 23


Boris Vainberg, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

On the Near-Critical Behavior of Continuous Polymers

We will consider a mean-field model of polymers described in terms of solutions to a parabolic equation with a positive potential and a coupling constant proportional to the inverse temperature. At the critical value of the temperature, polymers exhibit a transition between folded (globular) and unfolded states (for example, denaturation of egg white when it is boiled with the transition from  a liquid to a hard state). We will study the phase transition of polymers when the temperature approaches to the critical value, and, simultaneously, the number of monomers in a molecule goes to infinity.  

Let H_\beta=\frac{1}{2}\Delta+\beta v(x) and \beta_{\rm cr} is the biffurcation value of \beta around which the first eigenvalue \lambda>0 appears. 

We used the detailed analysis of the resolvent (H_\beta-\lambda)^{-1} when \beta \to\beta_{\rm cr} and simultaneously \lambda \to 0.

We also will discuss the critical value for elliptic exterior problems. 

Most of the presented results are joint with M. Cranston (UC Irvine), L. Koralov (UMD) and S. Molchanov (UNCC).

February 17


Simon Larson, Chalmers University of Technology



May 12


Barry Simon, Caltech



Past talks

November 25


Rupert Frank, LMU Munich

Eigenvalue bounds for Schrodinger operators with complex potentials

We discuss open problems and recent progress concerning eigenvalues of Schrodinger operators with complex potentials. We seek bounds for individual eigenvalues or sums of them which depend on the potential only through some L^p norm. While the analogues of these questions are (almost) completely understood for real potentials, the complex case leads to completely new phenomena, which are related to interesting questions in harmonic and complex analysis.

November 18


Ole Brevig, University of Oslo

Idempotent Fourier multipliers acting contractively on L^p and H^p

We describe the idempotent Fourier multipliers on the d-dimensional torus \mathbb{T}^d which act contractively on L^p and H^p. This topic constitutes a part of a larger program designed to look systematically at contractive inequalities for Hardy spaces in one and several variables, and is perhaps our only true success story (so far).

The presentation is based on joint work with Joaquim Ortega-Cerdà and Kristian Seip.

November 11


Semyon Dyatlov, MIT

What is quantum chaos?

Where do eigenfunctions of the Laplacian concentrate as eigenvalues go to infinity? Do they equidistribute or do they concentrate in an uneven way? It turns out that the answer depends on the nature of the geodesic flow. I will discuss various results in the case when the flow is chaotic: the Quantum Ergodicity theorem of Shnirelman, Colin de Verdi\`ere, and Zelditch, the Quantum Unique Ergodicity conjecture of Rudnick–Sarnak,  the progress on it by Lindenstrauss and Soundararajan, and the entropy bounds of Anantharaman–Nonnenmacher. I will conclude with a more recent lower bound on the mass of eigenfunctions obtained with Jin and Nonnenmacher. It relies on a new tool called “fractal uncertainty principle” developed in the works with Bourgain and Zahl.

October 28


Ari Laptev, Imperial College London

On a conjecture by Hundertmark and Simon 

The main result of this paper is a complete proof of a new Lieb-Thirring type inequality for Jacobi matrices originally conjectured by Hundertmark and Simon. In particular  it is proved that the estimate on the sum of eigenvalues does not depend on the off-diagonal terms as long as they are smaller than their asymptotic value. An interesting feature of the proof is that it employs a technique originally used by Hundertmark-Laptev-Weidl concerning sums of singular values for compact operators. This technique seems to be novel in the context of Jacobi matrices.

October 21


Yurii Belov, St. Petersburg State University

On the chain structure of de Branges spaces

It is well known that any measure \mu (with \int(1+x^2)^{-1}d\mu(x)<\infty) on the real line generates a chain of Hilbert spaces of entire functions (de Branges spaces). These spaces are isometrically embedded in L^2(\mu). We study the indivisible intervals and the stability of exponential type in the chains of de Branges subspaces in terms of the spectral measure.

The report is based on joint work with A. Borichev (Aix-Marseille University).

October 14


Jake Fillman, Texas State University

Almost-periodic Schrödinger operators with thin spectra

The determination of the spectrum of a Schrödinger operator is a fundamental problem in mathematical quantum mechanics. We will discuss a series of results showing that almost-periodic Schrödinger operators can exhibit spectra that are remarkably thin in the sense of Lebesgue measure and fractal dimensions.

Joint work with D. Damanik, A. Gorodetski, and M. Lukic

October 7


Sergey Denisov, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Spectral theory of Jacobi matrices on trees whose coefficients are generated by multiple orthogonality

The connection between Jacobi matrices and polynomials orthogonal on the real line is well-known. I will discuss Jacobi matrices on trees whose coefficients are generated by multiple orthogonal polynomials. The spectral theory of such operators can be thoroughly studied and many sharp asymptotical results can be obtained by employing the complex analysis methods (matrix Riemann-Hilbert approach). Based on join work with A. Aptekarev and M. Yattselev.



September 30


Roman Bessonov, St. Petersburg State University & PDMI

The logarithmic integral and Möller wave operators

I’m going to discuss a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of wave operators of past and future for the unitary group generated by a one-dimensional Dirac operator on the positive half line. The criterion could be formulated both in terms of the operator potential and in terms of its spectral measure. In the second case, a necessary and sufficient condition for scattering coincides with the finitness of the Szegő logarithmic integral

    \[\int_{\mathbb R} \frac{\log w}{1+x^2}dx > - \infty\]

of the density of the spectral measure. The proof essentially uses ideas from the theory of orthogonal polynomials on the unit circle, in particuar, a formula discovered by S. Khrushchev. 

Partially based on joint works with S. Denisov.



September 23


Laurent Baratchart, INRIA

Stability of periodic delay systems and harmonic transfer function

The Henry-Hale theorem says that  a delay system with constant coefficients of the form y(t)=\sum_{j=1}^N a_j y(t-\tau_j) is exponentially stable if and only if (I-\sum_{j=1}^N e^{-z\tau_j})^{-1} is analytic in |z|>-\varepsilon for some \varepsilon>0. We discuss an analog of this result when the a_j are periodic with Hölder-continuous derivative, saying that in this case exponential stability is equivalent to the analyticity of the so called harmonic transfer function  for |z|>-\varepsilon, as a function valued  in operators on L^2(T) with T the unit circle.

This is joint work with S. Fueyo and J.B. Pomet. 

September 16


Brian Simanek, Baylor University

Universality limits for orthogonal polynomials

We will consider the scaling limits of polynomial reproducing kernels for measures on the real line. For many years there has been considerable research to find the weakest assumptions that one can place on a measure that allows one to prove that these rescaled kernels converge to the sinc kernel. Our main result will provide the weakest conditions that have yet been found. In particular, it will demonstrate that one only needs local conditions on the measure. We will also settle a conjecture of Avila, Last, and Simon by showing that convergence holds at almost every point in the essential support of the absolutely continuous part of the measure.



June 2, 17:15-18:15

Karl-Mikael Perfekt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Infinitely many embedded eigenvalues for the Neumann-Poincaré operator in 3D

I will discuss the spectral theory of the Neumann-Poincaré operator for 3D domains with rotationally symmetric singularities, which is directly related to the plasmonic eigenvalue problem for such domains. I will then describe the construction of some special domains for which the problem features infinitely many eigenvalues embedded in the essential/continuous spectrum. Several questions and open problems will be stated.

Based on joint papers with Johan Helsing and with Wei Li and Stephen Shipman.


May 26, 17:15-18:15

David Damanik, Rice University

Zero measure spectrum for multi-frequency Schrödinger operators

Building on works of Berthé-Steiner-Thuswaldner and Fogg-Nous we show that on the two-dimensional torus, Lebesgue almost every translation admits a natural coding such that the associated subshift satisfies the Boshernitzan criterion. As a consequence we show that for these torus translations, every quasi-periodic potential can be approximated uniformly by one for which the associated Schrödinger operator has Cantor spectrum of zero Lebesgue measure. Joint work with Jon Chaika, Jake Fillman, Philipp Gohlke.


May 19, 19:15-20:15

Maxim Zinchenko, University of New Mexico

Bounds and asymptotics for Chebyshev polynomials

This year marks 200 birthday of P.L.Chebyshev. In this talk I will give an overview of some classical as well as recent results on general Chebyshev-type polynomials (i.e., polynomials that minimize sup norm over a given compact set). In particular, I will discuss bounds and large degree asymptotics for such polynomials.


May 12, 17:15-18:15

Andrew Comech, Texas A&M University and IITP RAS

Virtual levels and virtual states of Schrodinger operators

Virtual levels admit several equivalent characterizations:
(1) there are corresponding eigenstates from L^2 or a space “slightly weaker” than L^2;
(2) there is no limiting absorption principle in the vicinity of a virtual level (e.g. no weights such that the “sandwiched” resolvent remains uniformly bounded);
(3) an arbitrarily small perturbation can produce an eigenvalue.

We study virtual levels in the context of Schrodinger operators, with nonselfadjoint potentials and in all dimensions. In particular, we derive the “missing” limiting absorption principle — the estimates on the resolvent — near the threshold in two dimensions in the case when the threshold is not a virtual level.

This is a joint work with Nabile Boussaid based on the preprint arXiv:2101.11979


May 5, 17:15-18:15

Luis Silva, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

A functional model for symmetric operators and its applications to spectral theory

A functional model for symmetric operators, based on the representation theory developed by Krein and Straus, is introduced for studying the spectral properties of the corresponding selfadjoint extensions. By this approach, one makes use of results and techniques in de Branges space and the moment problem theories for spectral characterization of singular differential operators.

The results presented in this talk were obtained in collaboration with Rafael del Rio, G. Teschl, and J. H. Toloza.


April 28, 19:15-20:15

Alexei Poltoratski, University of Wisconsin

Pointwise convergence of scattering data

It is widely understood that the scattering transform can be viewed as an analog of the Fourier transform in non-linear settings. This connection brings up numerous questions on finding non-linear analogs of classical results of Fourier analysis. One of the fundamental results of classical harmonic analysis is a theorem by L. Carleson on pointwise convergence of the Fourier series. In this talk I will discuss convergence for the scattering data of a real Dirac system on the half-line and present an analog of Carleson’s theorem for the non-linear Fourier transform.


April 21, 17:15-18:15

Sergey Khrushchev, Satbayev University

Uniformly convergent Fourier series with universal power parts on closed subsets of measure zero

Given a closed subset E of Lebesgue measure zero on the unit circle \mathbb{T} there is a function f on \mathbb{T}
with uniformly convergent symmetric Fourier series

    \[ S_n(f,\zeta)=\sum_{k=-n}^n\hat{f}(k)\zeta^k\underset{\mathbb{T}}{\rightrightarrows} f(\zeta),\]

such that for every continuous function g on E, there is a subsequence of partial power sums

    \[ S^+_n(f,\zeta)=\sum_{k=0}^n\hat{f}(k)\zeta^k\]

of f, which converges to g uniformly on E. Here

    \[ \hat{f}(k)=\int_{\mathbb{T}}\bar{\zeta}^kf(\zeta)\, dm(\zeta),\]

and m is the normalized Lebesgue measure on \mathbb{T}.

April 14, 17:15-18:15

Patrick Gerard, Université Paris-Saclay

Spectral theory of first order operators with Toeplitz coefficients on the circle and applications to the Benjamin-Ono equation

I will discuss recent results on the spectral theory of selfadjoint operators of the form -i\partial_x-T_u on the Hardy space of the circle, T_u being a Toeplitz operator with a real symbol u. Then, using a Lax pair structure, I will present applications to the Benjamin-Ono equation, in particular the existence of non smooth solutions which are both periodic in time and space. This is based on a recent joint work with Thomas Kappeler and Peter Topalov.


April 7, 17:15-18:15

Peter Kuchment, Texas A&M University

The nodal mysteries

Nodal patterns of oscillating membranes have been known for hundreds of years. Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, and Robert Hooke have observed them. By the nineteenth century they acquired the name of Chladni figures. Mathematically, they represent zero sets of eigenfunctions of the Laplace (or a more general) operator. In spite of such long history, many mysteries about these patterns (even in domains
of Euclidean spaces, and even more on manifolds) still abound and attract recent attention of leading researchers working in physics, mathematics (including PDEs, math physics, and number theory) and even
medical imaging. The talk will survey these issues, with concentration on some recent results. No prior knowledge is assumed.


March 31, 17:15-18:15

Leonid Parnovski, University College London

Floating mats and sloping beaches: spectral asymptotics of the Steklov problem on polygons

I will discuss asymptotic behaviour of the eigenvalues of the Steklov problem (aka Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator) on curvilinear polygons. The answer is completely unexpected and depends on the arithmetic properties of the angles of the polygon.


March 24, 17:15-18:15

Jari Taskinen, University of Helsinki

Spectra of the Robin-Laplace- and Steklov-problems in bounded, cuspidal domains

It is well-known by works of several authors that the spectrum of the Neumann-Laplace operator may  be non-discrete even in bounded domains, if the boundary of the domain has some irregularities. In the same direction, in a paper in 2008 with S.A. Nazarov we considered the Steklov spectral problem in a bounded domain \Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^nn \geq 2, with a peak and showed that the spectrum may be discrete or continuous depending on the sharpness of the peak. Later, we proved that the spectrum of the Robin Laplacian in non-Lipschitz domains may be quite pathological since, in addition to countably many eigenvalues,  the residual spectrum may cover the whole complex plain. 

We have recently complemented this study in two papers, where we consider the spectral Robin-Laplace- and Steklov-problems in a bounded domain \Omega with a peak and also in a family \Omega_\varepsilon of domains blunted at the small distance \varepsilon >0 from the peak tip. The blunted domains are Lipschitz and the spectra of the corresponding problems on \Omega_\varepsilon are discrete. We  study the  behaviour of the discrete spectra as \varepsilon \to 0  and their relations with the spectrum of case with \Omega. In particular we find various subfamilies of eigenvalues which behave in different ways (e.g. “blinking” and “stable” families”) and we describe a mechanism how the discrete spectra turn into the continuous one in this process. 

 The work is a co-operation with Sergei A. Nazarov (St. Petersburg) and Nicolas Popoff (Bordeaux).


March 10, 17:15-18:15

Peter Yuditskii, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

Reflectionless canonical systems: almost periodicity and character-automorphic Fourier transforms

We develop a comprehensive theory of reflectionless canonical systems with an arbitrary Dirichlet-regular Widom spectrum with the Direct Cauchy Theorem property. This generalizes, to an infinite gap setting, the constructions of finite gap quasiperiodic (algebro-geometric) solutions of stationary integrable hierarchies. Instead of theta functions on a compact Riemann surface, the construction is based on reproducing kernels of character-automorphic Hardy spaces in Widom domains with respect to Martin measure. We also construct unitary character-automorphic Fourier transforms which generalize the Paley-Wiener theorem. Finally, we find the correct notion of almost periodicity which holds for canonical system parameters in Arov gauge, and we prove generically optimal results for almost periodicity for Potapov-de Branges gauge, and Dirac operators. Based on joint work with Roman Bessonov and Milivoje Lukic.

March 3, 17:15-18:15

Christophe Hazard, Institut Polytechnique de Paris

Curiosities about the spectrum of a cavity containing a negative material

In electromagnetism, a negative material is a dispersive material for which the real parts of the electric permittivity and/or the magnetic permeability become negative in some frequency range(s). In the last decades, the extraordinary properties of these materials have generated a great effervescence among the communities of physicists and mathematicians. The aim of this talk is to focus on their spectral properties. Using a simple scalar two-dimensional model, we will show that negative material are responsible for various unusual resonance phenomena which are related to various components of an essential spectrum. This is a common work with Sandrine Paolantoni.


March 17, 17:15-18:15

Wencai Liu, Texas A&M University

Irreducibility of the Fermi variety for discrete periodic Schrödinger operators

Let H_0 be a discrete periodic Schrödinger operator on \mathbb{Z}^d:


where \Delta is the discrete Laplacian and V:\mathbb{Z}^d\to \mathbb{R} is periodic. We prove that for any d\geq3, the Fermi variety at every energy level is irreducible (modulo periodicity). For d=2, we prove that the Fermi variety at every energy level except for the average of the potential is irreducible (modulo periodicity) and the Fermi variety at the average of the potential has at most two irreducible components (modulo periodicity). This is sharp since for d=2 and a constant potential V, the Fermi variety at V-level has exactly two irreducible components (modulo periodicity). In particular, we show that the Bloch variety is irreducible (modulo periodicity) for any d\geq 2.


February 24, 18:00-19:00

Svetlana Jitomirskaya, University of California

Spectral properties of the unbounded GPS model

We discuss spectral properties of the unbounded GPS model: a family of discrete 1D Schrodinger operators with unbounded potential and exact mobility edge. Based on papers in progress joint with Xu, You (Nankai) and Zhao (UCI).


February 17, 17:30-18:30

Alexander Sobolev, University College London

On spectral properties of the one-particle density matrix

The one-particle density matrix \gamma(x, y) is one of the key objects in the quantum-mechanical approximation schemes. The self-adjoint operator \Gamma with the kernel \gamma(x, y) is trace class but a sharp estimate on the decay of its eigenvalues was unknown. In this talk I will present a sharp bound and an asymptotic formula for the eigenvalues of \Gamma.


Joint session with V.I. Smirnov seminar on mathematical physics


Deсember 21, 16:30-17:30

ZOOM 821 4785 3102

A. Logunov, Princeton University

Nodal sets, quasiconformal mappings and how to apply them to Landis’ conjecture

A while ago Nadirashvili proposed a beautiful idea how to attack problems on zero sets of Laplace eigenfunctions using quasiconformal mappings, aiming to estimate the length of nodal sets (zero sets of eigenfunctions) on closed two-dimensional surfaces. The idea have not yet worked out as it was planned. However it appears to be useful for Landis’ Conjecture. We will explain how to apply the combination of quasiconformal mappings and zero sets to quantitative properties of solutions to \Delta u + V u =0 on the plane, where V is a real, bounded function. The method reduces some questions about solutions to Shrodinger equation \Delta u + V u =0 on the plane to questions about harmonic functions. Based on a joint work with E.Malinnikova, N.Nadirashvili and F. Nazarov.


Deсember 15, 17:30-18:30

F. Klopp, Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu – Paris Rive Gauche

A new look at localization

The talk is devoted to new, improved bounds for the eigenfunctions of random operators in the localized regime. We prove that, in the localized regime with good probability, each eigenfunction is exponentially decaying outside a ball of a certain radius, which we call the “localization onset length.” We count the number of eigenfunctions having onset length larger than, say, \ell>0 and find it to be smaller than \exp(-c\ell) times the total number of eigenfunctions in the system (for some positive constant c). Thus, most eigenfunctions localize on finite size balls independent of the system size.

We apply our techniques to obtain decay estimates for the k-particles density matrices of eigenstates of n non interacting fermionic quantum particles subjected to the random potential V_\omega in a large box.


Deсember 8, 17:30-18:30

A. Khrabustovskyi, University of Hradec Kralove  

Homogenization of the Robin Laplacian in a domain with small holes: operator estimates

In the talk we revisit the problem of homogenization of the Robin Laplacian in a domain with a lot of tiny holes.

Let \varepsilon>0 be a small parameter, \Omega be an open set in \mathbb{R}^n with n\ge 2, and \Omega_\varepsilon be a perforated domain obtained by removing from \Omega a family of tiny identical balls of the radius d_\varepsilon=o(\varepsilon) (\varepsilon\to 0) distributed periodically with a period \varepsilon. We denote by \Delta_{\Omega_\varepsilon,\alpha_\varepsilon} the Laplacian on \Omega_\varepsilon subject to the Dirichlet condition u=0 on the external boundary of \Omega_\varepsilon and the Robin conditions on the boundary of the balls:

    \[{\partial u\over\partial \nu}+\alpha_\varepsilon u=0,\quad \alpha_\varepsilon>0,\]

where \nu is an outward-facing unit normal. By \Delta_\Omega we denote the Dirichlet Laplacian on \Omega. It is known (Kaizu (1985, 1989), Berlyand & Goncharenko (1990), Goncharenko (1997), Shaposhnikova et al. (2018)) that \Delta_{\Omega_\varepsilon,\alpha_\varepsilon} converges in a strong resolvent sense either to zero (solidifying holes), to \Delta_\Omega (fading holes) or to the operator \Delta_{\Omega}-q with a constant potential q>0 (critical case) as \varepsilon\to 0. The form of the limiting operator depends on certain relations between \varepsilon, d_\varepsilon and \alpha_\varepsilon.

We will discuss our recent improvements of these results. Namely, for all three cases we show the norm resolvent convergence of the above operators and derive estimates in terms of operator norms. As an application we establish the Hausdorff convergence of spectra.

Deсember 1, 17:30-18:30

Anne-Sophie Bonnet-Ben Dhia, Institut Polytechnique de Paris

A new complex frequency spectrum for the analysis of transmission efficiency in waveguide-like geometries

We consider a waveguide, with one inlet and one outlet, and some arbitrary perturbation in between. In general, an ingoing wave in the inlet will produce a reflected wave, due to interaction with the perturbation. Our objective is to give an answer to the following important questions: what are the frequencies at which the transmission is the best one? And in particular, do they exist frequencies for which the transmission is perfect, in the sense that nothing is propagating back in the inlet?

Our approach relies on a simple idea, which consists in using a complex scaling in an original manner: while  the same stretching parameter is classically used in the inlet and the outlet, here we take them as two complex conjugated parameters. As a result, we select ingoing waves in the inlet and outgoing waves in the outlet, which is exactly what arises when the transmission is perfect. This simple idea works very well, and provides useful information on the transmission qualities of the system, much faster than any traditional approach. More precisely, we define a new complex spectrum which contains as real eigenvalues both the frequencies where perfect transmission occurs and the frequencies corresponding to trapped modes (also known as bound states in the continuum). In addition, we also obtain complex eigenfrequencies which can be exploited to predict frequency ranges of good transmission. Let us finally mention that this new spectral problem is PT -symmetric for systems with mirror symmetry.

Several illustrations performed with finite elements in several  simple 2D cases will be shown.

It is a common work with Lucas Chesnel (INRIA) and Vincent Pagneux (CNRS).

November 24, 17:30-18:30

A. Fedotov, St. Peterburg State University

On Hierarchical Behavior of Solutions to the Maryland Equation in the Semiclassical Approximation

We describe a multiscale selfsimilar struture of solutions to one of the most popular models of the almost periodic operator theory, the difference Schroedinger equation with a potential of the form a ctg(b n+c), where a, b and c are constants, and n is an integer variable. The talk is based on a joint work with F.Klopp.

November 17, 17:30-18:30

K. Pankrashkin, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Some convergence results for Dirac operators with large parameters

We consider Euclidean Dirac operators with piecewise constant mass potentials and investigate their spectra in several asymptotic regimes in which the mass becomes large in some regions. If the mass jumps along a smooth interface, then it appears that the (low-lying) discrete spectrum of such an operator converges to the (low-lying) discrete spectrum of an effective operator acting either on or in the interior of the interface. The effective operators admit a simple geometric interpretation in terms of the spin geometry, and the results can be extended to a class of spin manifolds as well. Most questions remain open if the jump interface is non-smooth. Based on joint works with Brice Flamencourt, Markus Holzmann, Andrei Moroianu, and Thomas Ourmieres-Bonafos.

November 10, 16:30-17:30

D. Borisov, Bashkir State Pedagogical University and Institute o Mathematics UFRC RAS

Accumulation of resonances and eigenvalues for operators with distant perturbations

We consider a model one-dimensional problem with distant perturbations, for which we study a phenomenon of emerging of infinitely many eigenvalues and resonances near the bottom of the essential spectrum. We show that they accumulate to a certain segment of the essential spectrum. Then we discuss possible generalization of this result to multi-dimensional models and various situations of resonances and eigenvalues distributions. 

November 3, 17:30-18:30

P. Exner, Doppler Institute for Mathematical Physics and Applied Mathematics

Spectral properties of spiral quantum waveguides

We discuss properties of a particle confined to a spiral-shaped region with Dirichlet boundary. As a case study we analyze in detail the Archimedean spiral for which the spectrum above the continuum threshold is absolutely continuous away from the thresholds. The subtle difference between the radial and perpendicular width implies, however, that in contrast to ‘less curved’ waveguides, the discrete spectrum is empty in this case. We also discuss modifications such a multi-arm Archimedean spirals and spiral waveguides with a central cavity; in the latter case bound state already exist if the cavity exceeds a critical size. For more general spiral regions the spectral nature depends on whether they are ‘expanding’ or ‘shrinking’. The most interesting situation occurs in the asymptotically Archimedean case where the existence of bound states depends on the direction from which the asymptotics is reached.

October 27, 17:30-18:30

I. Vergara, EIMI

Positive definite radial kernels on trees and products

A classical result in harmonic analysis on trees characterises positive definite radial kernels on a q-homogeneous tree (3\leq q < \infty) as integrals on the interval [-1,1] of a certain family of polynomials related to the Laplace operator on the tree. This gives a one-to-one correspondence between such kernels and finite Borel measures on [-1,1]. I will present an extension of this result to finite products of homogeneous trees. The main tools used in the proof come from the theory of Schur multipliers and the Hamburger moment problem.

October 20, 17:30-18:30

D. Papathanasiou, EIMI

Weighted shifts on directed trees

Weighted backward shifts (unilateral or bilateral) on sequence spaces have been extensively studied and their dynamical properties are well known. We will extend this class of operators by substituting the set of natural numbers or integers by a directed tree and letting the underlying space to be a sequence space on that tree. Motivated by the work of Jablonski, Jung and Stochel, we will define weighted shifts on such spaces and we will discuss when they are hypercyclic or chaotic. We will be interested in relating the corresponding dynamical property to the family of weights of the shift, and the geometry of the tree.

October 13, 17:30-18:30

M. Lukic, Rice University

Stahl-Totik regularity for continuum Schrödinger operators

This talk describes joint work with Benjamin Eichinger: a theory of regularity for one-dimensional continuum Schrödinger operators. For any half-line Schrödinger operator with a bounded potential V, we obtain universal thickness statements for the essential spectrum, in the language of potential theory and Martin functions (which will be defined in the talk). Namely, we prove that the essential spectrum is not polar, it obeys the Akhiezer-Levin condition, and moreover, the Martin function at infinity obeys the two-term asymptotic expansion \sqrt{-z} + \frac{a}{2\sqrt{-z}} + o(\frac 1{\sqrt{-z}}) as z \to -\infty. The constant a in its asymptotic expansion plays the role of a renormalized Robin constant and enters a universal inequality a \le \liminf_{x\to\infty} \frac 1x\int_0^x V(t) dt. This leads to a notion of regularity, with connections to the exponential growth rate of Dirichlet solutions and limiting eigenvalue distributions for finite restrictions of the operator, and applications to decaying and ergodic potentials.

October 6, 17:30-18:30

Ch. Berg, University of Copenhagen

Indeterminate Hamburger moment problems

A Hamburger moment sequence is of the form

    \[ s_n=\int_{-\infty}^\infty x^n\,d\mu(x),\quad n=0,1,\ldots,\quad (*)\]

where \mu is a positive measure on \mathbb R. It can be characterized by positive semidefiniteness of the infinite Hankel matrix \mathcal H=\{s_{m+n}\}. The sequence (s_n) can be determinate or indeterminate depending if there is exactly one or several measures \mu on the real line such that (*) holds.

In the talk I will focus on various problems related to the indeterminate case:

  • The behaviour of the smallest eigenvalue of \mathcal H.
  • The order and type of the functions of the Nevanlinna matrix.
  • Behaviour of the infinite matrix \mathcal A=\{a_{k,l}\} of coefficients in the reproducing kernel for the moment problem.

In certain indeterminate cases—but not all—the following infinite matrix equations hold: \mathcal A\mathcal H=\mathcal H\mathcal A=I.

Some of the results presented are joint work with Ryszard Szwarc, Wrocław.

September 22, 17:30-18:30

E. Liflyand, Bar Ilan University

Wiener algebras and trigonometric series in a coordinated fashion

Let W_0(\mathbb R) be the Wiener Banach algebra of functions representable by the Fourier integrals of Lebesgue integrable functions. It is proven in the paper that, in particular, a trigonometric series \sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^{\infty} c_k e^{ikt} is the Fourier series of an integrable function if and only if there exists a \phi\in W_0(\mathbb R) such that \phi(k)=c_k, k\in\mathbb Z. If f\in W_0(\mathbb R), then the piecewise linear continuous function \ell_f defined by \ell_f(k)=f(k), k\in\mathbb Z, belongs to W_0(\mathbb R) as well. Moreover, \|\ell_f\|_{W_0}\le  \|f\|_{W_0}. Similar relations are established for more advanced Wiener algebras. These results are supplemented by numerous applications. In particular, new necessary and sufficient conditions are proved for a trigonometric series to be a Fourier series and new properties of W_0 are established. This is a joint work with R. Trigub.

September 15, 17:30-18:30

I. Baibulov, EIMI

Eigenfunction expansion for three-body one-dimensional scattering problem

We consider a Schrödinger operator for three particles with pairwise interaction. In the case of d-dimensional particles for d>1 the scattering theory (description of continuous spectrum eigenfunctions or wave operators) is well known, first results are famously due to Faddeev. However, for the case of d=1 the description of generalized eigenfunctions was not complete. We will investigate the one-dimensional case and show how to modify the higher-dimensional results of Faddeev for d=1. At the end of the talk we will address how that approach naturally arises from a microlocal standpoint.

September 8, 17:30-18:30

V. Kapustin, St.Petersburg Department of Steklov Mathematical Institute

The Riemann zeta function and kernels of Toeplitz operators

We modify the Riemann zeta function so that the resulting function becomes an element of the Hardy space H^2 in the half-plane where the real part is greater than 1/2. Then we construct the Toeplitz operator, whose kernel contains this function. For the kernel we show how one can construct the Hitt–Sarason representation from their theorem about nearly invariant subspaces.

September 1 , 17:30-18:30

A. Pushnitski, King’s College London

The spectrum of some Hardy kernel matrices

A Hardy kernel is an integral kernel k(x,y) in two variables x>0 and y>0 which is homogeneous in (x,y) of degree -1. Integral operators on the positive semi-axis with Hardy kernels are explicitly diagonalisable by the Mellin transform. It is however by no means clear how to diagonalise the infinite matrix \{k(n,m)\} which is obtained by restricting a Hardy kernel onto natural numbers n,m. In the talk, I will describe one specific explicit one-parametric family of Hardy kernels k when the spectral analysis of \{k(n,m)\} can be carried out. This matrix appears in the analysis of composition operators on the Hardy space of Dirichlet series; I will explain this connection at the end of the talk. This is joint work with Ole Brevig (Trondheim) and Kalle Perfekt (Reading).

July 7, 15:30-16:30

G. Rozenblum, Chalmers University of Technology and SPbU

Eigenvalue properties of zero order pseudodifferential operators and an application to a 3D elasticity problem.

We consider a zero order pseudodifferential operator on a compact manifold. Suppose that the operator is polynomially compact. Then there may exist sequences of eigenvalues converging to the points of the essential spectrum. We find their asymptotics, by means of reduction to some negative order operators. The motivating example is the Neumann-Poincare (double layer) operator in 3D elastostatics, where the properties of eigenvlues converging to the points of the essential spectrum are studued.  The general results enable us to separate the contribution of the elastic properties and of the geometry of the body to the eigenvalue asymptotics. Details can be found in

June 30, 16:30-17:30

A. Kostenko, University of Vienna

Kirchhoff Laplacians on metric graphs

Laplacians on metric graphs (often called Quantum Graphs) play an important role as an intermediate setting between Laplacians on Riemannian manifolds and Laplacians on graphs and share properties with both. In this talk, we plan to discuss basic spectral properties of Laplacians on metric graphs. The main emphasis will be on graphs with infinitely many vertices and edges, the case which is much less understood.


June 23, 17:30-18:30

R. Romanov, St.Petersburg State University

Discreteness of the spectrum of singular canonical systems.

We are going to provide a criterion for discreteness of the spectrum of canonical systems with one singular end. This criterion simultaneously answers the question of L. de Branges on description of canonical systems corresponding to arbitrary Hermite–Biehler functions. This is a joint work with Harald Woracek (Vienna).


June 16, 15:30-16:30

M. Mitkovski, Clemson University

Uncertainty principles of Paneah-Logvinenko-Sereda type

I will present several new forms of the harmonic analysis uncertainty principle. These new forms can be viewed as a sharpening of the classical Paneah-Logvinenko-Sereda uncertainty principle, in a sense that we impose similar restrictions (sometimes more, sometimes less) on the Fourier support and deduce similar kind of sampling inequalities. I will also present applications of our uncertainty principles to some control and damping problems in linear PDE’s. This is a joint work with W. Green and B. Jaye.

June 9, 17:30-18:30

M. Dorodnyi, EIMI

Operator error estimates for homogenization of the nonstationary Schrödinger-type equations: sharpness of the results.

In L_2 (\mathbb{R}^d; \mathbb{C}^n), we consider a selfadjoint matrix strongly elliptic second order differential operator \mathcal{A}_\varepsilon, with periodic coefficients depending on \mathbf{x}/\varepsilon. We study the behavior of the operator \exp(-i \tau \mathcal{A}_\varepsilon) for small \varepsilon. It is proved that, as \varepsilon \to 0, this operator converges to \exp(-i \tau \mathcal{A}^0) in the norm of operators acting from the Sobolev space H^s(\mathbb{R}^d;\mathbb{C}^n) (with a suitable s) to L_2(\mathbb{R}^d;\mathbb{C}^n). Here \mathcal{A}^0 is the effective operator with constant coefficients. We prove sharp-order error estimates and study the question about the sharpness of the results with respect to the norm type, as well as to the dependence of estimates on \tau. The results are applied to study the behavior of the solution \mathbf{u}_\varepsilon of the Cauchy problem for the Schrödinger-type equation i\partial_{\tau} \mathbf{u}_\varepsilon = \mathcal{A}_\varepsilon \mathbf{u}_\varepsilon + \mathbf{F}.


June 2, 17:30-18:30

V. Peller, St.Petersburg State University

Двойные операторные интегралы и формула следов Лифшица – Крейна

В докладе будут определены двойные операторные интегралы и будут обсуждаться их свойства. Затем мы перейдём к формуле следов Лифшица—Крейна и обсудим, как её можно получить с помощью двойных операторных интегралов. При этом важную роль играет теорема Сёкефальви-Надя и Фойаша об унитарных дилатациях сжатий.


May 26, 17:30-18:30

P. Gubkin, St.Petersburg State University

Asymptotic behavior of Krein system solutions

Krein system is the following system of differential equations:

    \begin{align*}\begin{cases} \frac{\partial}{\partial r}P(r,\lambda) = i\lambda P(r,\lambda) - \ol{a(r)}P_*(r,\lambda), &\quad P(0,\lambda) = 1,\\ \frac{\partial}{\partial r}P_*(r,\lambda) = - a(r) P(r, \lambda), & \quad P_*(0,\lambda) = 1.\end{cases}\end{align*}

We will discuss why functions P, P_* are usually called continuous analogues of orthogonal polynomials on the unit circle and consider some of their properties mostly related to behavior of P_*(r,\lambda) as r\to\infty.

May 19, 17:30-18:30

V. Sloushch, St.Petersburg State University

Asymptotics of the discrete spectrum appearing in spectral gaps of the discrete Schrodinger operator under decaying sign-definite perturbation

We consider a periodic Schrodinger operator H on discrete periodic graph \Gamma in \mathbb{R}^{d}. The operator H is perturbed by a sign-definite decaying potential V on the graph \Gamma; V(x)\sim\vartheta (x/|x|)|x|^{-d/p}, |x|\to\infty, p>0. The asymptotics with the large coupling constant of a discrete spectrum of the perturbed operator H_{\pm}(t):=H\pm tV, t>0 is investigated.

May 12, 17:30-18:30

T. Weinmann, St.Petersburg State University

Spectral averaging for rank-one perturbations of self-adjoint operators

Let A be a self-adjoint operator on a Hilbert space H and \varphi\in H. We study the properties of the family of rank-one perturbations of A given by A_\alpha=A+\alpha (\varphi, \cdot)\varphi, where \alpha\in\mathbb{R}In particular, we prove that if f\in L^2(dx), then f\in L^2(d\mu^{\varphi}_\alpha) for almost every \alpha (here \mu^{\varphi}_\alpha denotes (\varphi, E_{A_\alpha}(\cdot)\varphi)) and that in this case the spectral averaging formula holds:

    \[\iint f(x) d\mu^{\varphi}_{\alpha}(x)d\alpha = \int f(x) dx.\]

May 5, 17:30-18:30

Yu. Belov, St.Petersburg State University

Localization of zeroes for Cauchy transforms and canonical systems

If discrete measure \sum_n\mu_n\delta_{t_n} is sufficiently small, then the zeroes of Cauchy transform are localized near the \supp\mu. Moreover, it may happen that this holds for any \nu such that |\nu|<\mu. We have found a description of such measures and attraction sets (i.e. subsets of \supp\mu which attract zeroes). We have proved that all attraction sets are ordered by inclusion. 

Such measures appear naturaly in the theory of canonical systems of differential equations. They correspond to the canonical systems whose Hamiltonian consists of indivisible intervals accumulating only to the left. Moreover, this correspondence is one-to-one under some additional assumptions. This topic is connected to the problem of density of polynomials and other classical problems in harmonic analysis. 

This is joint work with A. Baranov and E. Abakumov.

April 28, 17:30-18:30

E. Korotyaev, St.Petersburg State University

Inverse scattering on half line, new results

We solve inverse scattering problem for Schrödinger operators with compactly supported potentials on the half line. We discretize S-matrix: we take the value of the  S-matrix on some infinite sequence of positive real numbers. Using this sequence obtained from S-matrix we recover uniquely the potential by a new explicit formula, without the Gelfand-Levitan-Marchenko equation.