Annales Henri Poincaré

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 1123–1144 | Cite as

Continuum Schrödinger Operators Associated With Aperiodic Subshifts

  • David DamanikEmail author
  • Jake Fillman
  • Anton Gorodetski


We study Schrödinger operators on the real line whose potentials are generated by an underlying ergodic subshift over a finite alphabet and a rule that replaces symbols by compactly supported potential pieces. We first develop the standard theory that shows that the spectrum and the spectral type are almost surely constant and that identifies the almost sure absolutely continuous spectrum with the essential closure of the set of energies with vanishing Lyapunov exponent. Using results of Damanik–Lenz and Klassert–Lenz–Stollmann, we also show that the spectrum is a Cantor set of zero Lebesgue measure if the subshift satisfies the Boshernitzan condition and the potentials are aperiodic and irreducible. We then study the case of the Fibonacci subshift in detail and prove results for the local Hausdorff dimension of the spectrum at a given energy in terms of the value of the associated Fricke–Vogt invariant. These results are elucidated for some simple choices of the local potential pieces, such as piecewise constant ones and local point interactions. In the latter special case, our results explain the occurrence of so-called pseudo bands, which have been pointed out in the physics literature.


Lyapunov Exponent Ergodic Measure Unique Ergodicity Operator Associate Mathieu Operator 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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