The essential spectrum of two-dimensional Schrödinger operators with perturbed constant magnetic fields. (English) Zbl 0564.35021

The author considers the Schrödinger operator \(L:=((1/i)\nabla -a)^ 2\upharpoonright C_ 0^{\infty}({\mathbb{R}}^ 2)\) when the vector potential a is smooth and the vector field \(curl a\) tends to a positive number \(B_ 0\) at infinity. He shows that the essential spectrum of the closure of L consists of the odd multiples of \(B_ 0\) by establishing the following interesting result about commutators.
Theorem. Let P and Q be symmetric operators in a Hilbert space which are defined on a dense domain \(\Omega\) which is left invariant of P and Q. Suppose that \(P^ 2+Q^ 2\) is essentially self-adjoint and \(i(PQ- QP)u=(1+K)u\) (u\(\in \Omega)\) for some K which is relatively compact with respect to \(P^ 2+Q^ 2\). Then \(\sigma_ e(\overline{P^ 2+Q^ 2})\) is either empty or consists of the positive odd integers.
\(\{\) Reviewer’s remark. The spectrum of [may be totally different when curl a tends to zero at infinity. See K. Miller and B. Simon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 44, 1706-1707 (1980)\(\}\).
Reviewer: H.Kalf


35J10 Schrödinger operator, Schrödinger equation
35P05 General topics in linear spectral theory for PDEs
47A10 Spectrum, resolvent
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