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Spectral Theory of Differential Operators

   Cardiff School of Mathematics

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  Prof Karl Michael Schmidt  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Research on this theme is characterised by a combination of functional and harmonic analysis with classical real and complex analysis, special functions and the asymptotic analysis of differential equations. Although the main emphasis is on developing the mathematical techniques, the operators studied are typically related to questions of theoretical physics; objects of current interest include Dirac operators, occurring in relativistic quantum mechanics and, without a mass term, in the description of the electronic properties of new materials such as graphene, as well as non-linear variants of the Schrödinger operator.

The questions to be studied concern the position and asymptotic distribution of eigenvalues as well as the properties of continuous spectral measures; in the case of the non-linear operators, even the definition and interpretation of such measures is an open question.


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Funding Notes

We are interested in pursuing this project and welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government sponsorships or your employer.

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