Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 649–669 | Cite as

Resonance Tongues and Spectral Gaps in Quasi-Periodic Schrödinger Operators with One or More Frequencies. A Numerical Exploration

  • Joaquim PuigEmail author
  • Carles Simó


In this article we investigate numerically the spectrum of some representative examples of discrete one-dimensional Schrödinger operators with quasi-periodic potential in terms of a perturbative constant b and the spectral parameter a. Our examples include the well-known Almost Mathieu model, other trigonometric potentials with a single quasi-periodic frequency and generalisations with two and three frequencies. We computed numerically the rotation number and the Lyapunov exponent to detect open and collapsed gaps, resonance tongues and the measure of the spectrum. We found that the case with one frequency was significantly different from the case of several frequencies because the latter has all gaps collapsed for a sufficiently large value of the perturbative constant and thus the spectrum is a single spectral band with positive Lyapunov exponent. In contrast, in the cases with one frequency considered, gaps are always dense in the spectrum, although some gaps may collapse either for a single value of the perturbative constant or for a range of values. In all cases we found that there is a curve in the (a, b)-plane which separates the regions where the Lyapunov exponent is zero in the spectrum and where it is positive. Along this curve, which is b = 2 in the Almost Mathieu case, the measure of the spectrum is zero.


Quasi-periodic Schrödinger operators Quasi-periodic cocycles and skew-products Spectral gaps Resonance tongues Rotation number Lyapunov exponent Numerical explorations 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary: 37B55 35J10 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada IUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Departament de Matemàtica Aplicada i AnàlisiUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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