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

Math Physics Seminar
Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 1:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles Room 005
Ilya Kachkovskiy – Michigan State University –
Michael Loss

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 local- ization). 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)ψ)n =ε(∆ψ)n +f(x+n·ω)ψn, n∈Zd,

where ∆ is the discrete Laplacian, ω is a vector with rationally independent components, and f is a 1-periodic function on 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 (per- turbative methods) and S. Jitomirskaya (non-perturbative methods).