School Seminars and Colloquia

Eigenvalue Problems in the Complex Plane

Tuesday Seminar

by Mark Sorrell

Institution: Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne
Date: Tue 25th August 2009
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Room 107, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: I will introduce eigenvalue problems in the complex plane as a natural extension of eigenvalue problems on the real line. I will then work through an example of a particular eigenvalue problem, and the properties of asymptotic forms of its solution. The spectral determinants of these problems obey functional relations, analogous to ones occurring in some integrable systems, hence giving a concrete example of the Ordinary Differential Equation / Integrable Models correspondence (ODE/IM).
If time permits, we may make a short foray into the wacky world of PT-symmetry.

Good reference:
Patrick Dorey, Clare Dunning and Roberto Tateo, "The ODE/IM Correspondence", Journal of Physics A (Mathematical and Theoretical), 40(32):p205-p281, [hep-th/0703066].

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