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Universality Limits of a Reproducing Kernel for a Half-Line Schrödinger Operator and Clock Behavior of Eigenvalues


Maltsev, Anna Victoria (2010) Universality Limits of a Reproducing Kernel for a Half-Line Schrödinger Operator and Clock Behavior of Eigenvalues. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/QQGJ-1A69.


We extend some recent results of Lubinsky, Levin, Simon, and Totik from measures with compact support to spectral measures of Schrödinger operators on the half-line. In particular, we define a reproducing kernel $S_L$ for Schrödinger operators and we use it to study the fine spacing of eigenvalues in a box of the half-line Schrödinger operator with perturbed periodic potential. We show that if solutions $u(\xi, x)$ are bounded in $x$ by $e^{\epsilon x}$ uniformly for $\xi$ near the spectrum in an average sense and the spectral measure is positive and absolutely continuous in a bounded interval $I$ in the interior of the spectrum with $\xi_0\in I$, then uniformly in $I$ $$\frac{S_L(\xi_0 + a/L, \xi_0 + b/L)}{S_L(\xi_0, \xi_0)} \rightarrow \frac{\sin(\pi\rho(\xi_0)(a - b))}{\pi\rho(\xi_0)(a - b)},$$ where $\rho(\xi)d\xi$ is the density of states. We deduce that the eigenvalues near $\xi_0$ in a large box of size $L$ are spaced asymptotically as $\frac{1}{L\rho}$. We adapt the methods used to show similar results for orthogonal polynomials.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:universality limits, spectral theory, Schrodinger operators, eigenvalues in a box
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Major Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Simon, Barry M.
Thesis Committee:
  • Simon, Barry M. (chair)
  • Borodin, Alexei
  • Rains, Eric M.
  • Ryckman, Eric
Defense Date:10 May 2010
Non-Caltech Author Email:annavmaltsev (AT)
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:05262010-023753573
Persistent URL:
Maltsev, Anna Victoria0000-0003-4139-1004
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:5840
Deposited By: Anna Maltsev
Deposited On:04 Jun 2010 18:05
Last Modified:08 Nov 2019 18:10

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