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Colloquium: Anderson localization for quasiperiodic operators with monotone potentials: perturbative and non-perturbative methods

Ilya Kachkovskiy (Michigan State University)
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
4:00-5:00 PM
1360 East Hall Map
The general subject of the talk is spectral theory of discrete (tight-binding) Schrodinger operators on $d$-dimensional lattices. For operators with periodic potentials, it is known that the spectra of such operators are purely absolutely continuous. For random i.i.d. potentials, such as the Anderson model, it is expected and can be proved in many cases that the spectra are almost surely purely point with exponentially decaying eigenfunctions (Anderson localization). Quasiperiodic operators can be placed somewhere in between: depending on the potential sampling function and the Diophantine properties of the frequency and the phase, one can have a large variety of spectral types. We will consider quasiperiodic operators
(H(x)\psi)_n=\epsilon(\Delta\psi)_n+f(x+n\cdot\omega)\psi_n,\quad n\in \mathbb Z^d,
where $\Delta$ is the discrete Laplacian, $\omega$ is a vector with rationally independent components, and $f$ is a $1$-periodic function on $\mathbb R$, monotone on $(0,1)$ with a positive lower bound on the derivative and some additional regularity properties. We will focus on two methods of proving Anderson localization for such operators: a perturbative method based on direct analysis of cancellations in the Rayleigh—Schr\”odinger perturbation series for arbitrary $d$, and a non—perturbative method based on the analysis of Green’s functions for $d=1$, originally developed by S. Jitomirskaya for the almost Mathieu operator.

The talk is based on joint works with S. Krymskii, L. Parnovski, and R. Shterenberg (perturbative methods) and S. Jitomirskaya (non-perturbative methods).
Building: East Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Mathematics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Mathematics, Colloquium Series - Department of Mathematics