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Topics in Material Science: Mathematics of Resonance
Math 73841
Louisiana State University
Spring Semester, 2014
Prof. Stephen Shipman
Place: Lockett 111
Time: 11:3012:20 Mon., Wed., and Fri.
Office: Room 314 of Lockett Hall
Telephone: 225/5781674
Email: shipman@math.lsu.edu
Office Hours: By appointment
Course Description
Resonance occurs when waves in a spatially extended system excite the vibrational modes of an oscillator. This results in field amplification in the oscillator at critical frequencies and wave scattering that is hypersensitive to frequency detuning. A precise analysis of resonance centers on the complex poles of the resolvent of an underlying operator, or, equivalently, the poles of a "scattering matrix". When a pole is on the real axis and is embedded in the continuous spectrum of the operator, delicate resonance phenomena are revealed through perturbation analysis of the scattering matrix. The mathematics of resonance intimately connects complex analysis, spectral theory, Fourier analysis, and perturbation of linear operators.
Prerequisite
The prerequisites are real and complex analysis. Spectral theory and some PDEs will also be useful.
Course Topics
 The simplest oscillators in excessive detail
 complex firstorder harmonic oscillator
 real secondorder harmonic oscillator
 the free Schrödinger equation on the line
 the wave equation on the line
 Lamb model
 physical approach
 in theoretical context
 the Schrödinger version
 Elaborated Lamb model with embedded eigenvalue
 full theorySchrödinger and wave versions
 questions concerning time dynamics and small parameters
 Resonance in a discrete modeldiscrete version of Zworski's notes
 analytic continuation of the resolvent
 expansions in normal modes
 Resonance according to Zworski's notes
 analytic continuation of the resolvent
 expansions in normal modes
 Perturbation of systems with embedded eigenvalues
 theory of scattering resonances and anomalies according to Shipman/Venakides/Welters
 various applications, Fano resonance, etc.
 Extension to higher dimension; the Helmholtz resonator
 Periodic structures with defects
 Floquet theory
 bound states at a defect and embedded eigenvalues
 Lossy systems
 Extensions of lossy systems to conservative systems
 The Naimark theorem
 The uniqueextension theorem of Figotin and Schenker
Literature
We will not use any one source as a text book. My lectures will draw from my notes and several references.
There is a bibliography of relevant works below, with links to some PDF files of excerpts.
Assignments
I may assign problems periodically.
Evaluation
Evaluation of performance in the course is based on any assignments or other activities such as presentations.
Lecture Notes
Notes on Resonance
Bibliography

David Bindel, Resonance Sensitivity for Schrödinger, Notes, 2006.

David Bindel and Maciej Zworski, Theory and Computation of Resonances in 1D Scattering (website).

Maciej Zworski, Resonances in Physics and Geometry, Notices of the AMS, 1999.

Maciej Zworski, Lectures on Scattering Resonances Lecture notes, Version 0.01, 2011.

Michael Reed and Barry Simon,
Methods of Modern Mathematics:
Vol. I Functional Analysis,
Vol. II Fourier Analysis and SelfAdjointness,
Vol. III Scattering Theory,
Vol. IV Analysis of Operators,
excerpts from Vol. I (spectral theorem),
Vol. II (selfadjoint extensions),
Academic Press, 1980.

Stephen P. Shipman and Aaron T. Welters,
Resonant electromagnetic scattering in anisotropic layered media,
J. Math. Phys. 54(10) 103511140 (2013).
pdf

N. I. Akhiezer and I. M. Glazman,
Theory of Linear Operators in Hilbert Space,
Dover, 1993, replication of the edition of F. Ungar Publishing, NY, 1961, 1963.

A. N. Kolmogorov and S. V. Fomin,
Introductory Real Analysis, §36: The Stieljes integral, 1968 (translation by Silverman, Dover 1975).
