Approximations of Strongly Continuous Families of Unbounded Self-Adjoint Operators
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The problem of approximating the discrete spectra of families of self-adjoint operators that are merely strongly continuous is addressed. It is well-known that the spectrum need not vary continuously (as a set) under strong perturbations. However, it is shown that under an additional compactness assumption the spectrum does vary continuously, and a family of symmetric finite-dimensional approximations is constructed. An important feature of these approximations is that they are valid for the entire family uniformly. An application of this result to the study of plasma instabilities is illustrated.
KeywordsDiscrete Spectrum Essential Spectrum Continuous Family Maxwell System Compact Resolvent
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