Analysis of the essential spectrum of singular matrix differential operators

O. O. Ibrogimov, P. Siegl, C. Tretter*

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A complete analysis of the essential spectrum of matrix-differential operators A of the form(0.1)(-ddtpddt+q-ddtb*+c*bddt+cD)in L2((α,β))⊕(L2((α,β)))n singular at β∈R∪(∞) is given; the coefficient functions p, q are scalar real-valued with p>0, b, c are vector-valued, and D is Hermitian matrix-valued. The so-called "singular part of the essential spectrum" σesss(A) is investigated systematically. Our main results include an explicit description of σesss(A), criteria for its absence and presence; an analysis of its topological structure and of the essential spectral radius. Our key tools are: the asymptotics of the leading coefficient π(·, λ)=p-b*(D-λ)-1b of the first Schur complement of (0.1), a scalar differential operator but non-linear in λ the Nevanlinna behaviour in λ of certain limits t↗ β of functions formed out of the coefficients in (0.1). The efficacy of our results is demonstrated by several applications; in particular, we prove a conjecture on the essential spectrum of some symmetric stellar equilibrium models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3881-3926
Number of pages46
JournalJournal of Differential Equations
Issue number4
Early online date28 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Essential spectrum
  • Magnetohydrodynamics
  • Operator matrix
  • Schur complement
  • Stellar equilibrium model
  • System of singular differential equations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis


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