
A review will be given of some recent work on nonlinear (but homogeneous) generalisations of the SturmLiouville problem involving the pLaplacian.
Many (but not all) of the usual questions are understood when the problem is regular, definite and with separated boundary conditions, but interesting issues arise when these assumptions are dropped, individually or in combination.
This talk will discuss recent joint work with M. Chugunova on the problem of finding the instability index of certain nonselfadjoint fourth order differential operators. The work is motivated by linearizations of coating and rimming flows, where a thin fluid film moves on a horizontal rotating cylinder.
Our main result states that the instability index of such operators is determined by its restriction to a finitedimensional space of trigonometric polynomials, and provides a condition on the dimension of this space. The proof uses Lyapunov's method to associate the differential operator with a quadratic form whose maximal positive subspace has dimension equal to the instability index. The quadratic form is determined by a solution of Lyapunov's equation, which here takes the form of a fourth order linear PDE in two variables. Elliptic estimates for the solution of this PDE play a key role.
The effect of vibration on the stability of liquid films is of primary importance for many industrial applications. Using the model derived by Shklyaev, Alabuzhev, and Khenner, we show that all periodic and solitarywave solutions of this equation are unstable regardless of their parameters. Some of the solitary waves, however, are metastable (i.e., still unstable, but with extremely small growth rates) and, thus, can persist without breaking up for a very long time. We study the dynamics of these waves analytically and numerically.
Joint work with E. Benilov (University of Limerick).
This talk will discuss the spectra of selfadjoint extensions of unbounded simple symmetric operators T with deficiency indices (1,1). Any (1,1)symmetric operator T has a U(1)family of selfadjoint extensions, say T(α), for 0 ≤ α < 2π. If one of selfadjoint extension, say T(0) at α = 0, has a set of discrete spectra with no accumulation point, then each selfadjoint operator T(α) has a set of discrete eigenvalues {t_{n} (α)}_{n=−∞}^{∞}, and together they cover the real line exactly once. Further, given the spectra of T(0) and the corresponding derivatives defined as t′_{n}(α) = [(dt_{n}(α))/(dα)], one can obtain an explicit formula for computing the eigenvalues of all other selfadjoint extensions of T. This provides a computational realization of the abstract Cayley transform. As an application, we will show results on a new generalized sampling theory.
It is well known that Molchanov's criterion for discreteness of spectrum of a linear SturmLiouville operator −d^{2}/dx^{2} + q acting in L^{2} (0,∞) and having semibounded potential q(x) ≥ c can be reformulated in the terms of oscillation: the equation −y"(x) + q(x)y(x) = λy(x) is nonoscillatory for all λ ∈ R if and only if lim_{x→∞} ∫_{x}^{x+ε} q = +∞ for any ε > 0.
It will be shown that this oscillation criterion holds for the equation

The research is partially supported by the PIMS PostDoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary. The talk is based on joint research with Paul Binding.
Suddenly, the era of quantum computers arrives, where noncommutative matrix analysis will play a central role in many concrete applications.
Herein, I will show the hidden truth/myth in some sorts of magical computation, in connections to operator inequalities.
We consider the Hill operator


This is a joint work with Plamen Djakov; see arxiv 0911.3218.
Described by Sir Edmund Whittaker as "a function of royal blood in the family of entire functions, whose distinguished properties separate it from its bourgeois brethren," the Cardinal Whittaker Sinc function, sinc, can serve as the basis of a spectral method for solving differential equations whose solutions are expected to be smooth, providing near exponential convergence.
In this talk, we briefly review properties of the sinc discretization and then discuss two applications to solitary wave problems. For such problems, sinc has proven very effective for two reasons. First, it naturally incorporates the typical boundary conditions of solitary waves (vanishing at infinity). Second, it naturally captures the algebraic structure of the solitary wave equations, allowing us to compute the generalized kernel of the linearized equations. We also highlight questions at the interface of analysis and numerical analysis that arise in the application of this method.
An indefinite SturmLiouville problem may have the eigenvalue infinity. We will present two results on the eigenspace corresponding to this eigenvalue. The first one is important in order to decide on the completeness of root vectors. The second one concerns the negativity index at infinity that appears in connection with the invariant subspace theorem in Pontrjagin space.