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Solutions to some problems in mathematical physics

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Jaksic, Vojkan (1992) Solutions to some problems in mathematical physics. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-09122005-162352

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In Part I, we study the adiabatic limit for Hamiltonians with certain complex-analytic dependence on the time variable. We show that the transition probability from a spectral band that is separated by gaps is exponentially small in the adiabatic parameter. We find sufficient conditions for the Landau-Zener formula, and its generalization to nondiscrete spectrum, to bound the transition probability.

Part II is concerned with eigenvalue asymptotics of a Neumann Laplacian [...] in unbounded regions [...] of [...] with cusps at infinity (a typical example is [...]. We prove that [...], where [...] is the canonical, one-dimensional Schrodinger operator associated with the problem. We also establish a similar formula for manifolds with cusps and derive the eigenvalue asymptotics of a Dirichlet Laplacian [...] for a class of cusp-type regions of infinite volume.

In Part III we study the spectral properties of random discrete Schrodinger operators [...], of the form [...], acting on [...], where [...] are independent random variables uniformly distributed on [0, 1]. We show, for typical [...], that [...], has a discrete spectrum if [...], and we calculate its eigenvalue asymptotics. If [...] for positive integer k, we prove that for typical [...] and non-random strictly decreasing sequence [...], [...]. The large k asymptotic of sequence [...] is studied. We also investigate the continuous analog of the above model.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Simon, Barry M.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:20 June 1991
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-09122005-162352
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd-09122005-162352
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ID Code:3494
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Deposited On:12 Sep 2005
Last Modified:26 Dec 2012 03:00

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