25May 2018
16:00 - 17:00

University of Zurich, Institut of Mathematics, Room H25 in Building Y27

BZ Seminar in Analysis: David Jerison (MIT)

Localization of eigenfunctions via an effective potential

We discuss joint work with Douglas Arnold, Guy David, Marcel Filoche and Svitlana Mayboroda. Consider the Neumann boundary value problem for the operator

Lu = -div(A∇u) + Vu

on a Lipschitz domain Ω and, more generally, on a manifold with or without boundary. The eigenfunctions of L are often localized, as a result of disorder of the potential V , the matrix of coefficients A, irregularities of the boundary, or all of the above. In earlier work, Filoche and Mayboroda introduced the function u solving Lu = 1, and showed numerically that it strongly reflects this localization. Here, we deepen the connection between the eigenfunctions and this landscape function u by proving that its reciprocal 1/u acts as an effective potential. The effective potential governs the exponential decay of the eigenfunctions of the system and delivers information on the distribution of eigenvalues near the bottom of the spectrum.


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