Analysis Seminar

The Maslov index and the spectrum of differential operators

Speaker: Yuri Latushkin, University of Missouri

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11 a.m.


We will review some recent results on connections between the Maslov and
the Morse indices
for differential operators. The Morse index is a spectral quantity defined
as the number of
negative eigenvalues counting multiplicities while the Maslov index is a
characteristic defined as the signed number of intersections of a path in
the space of
Lagrangian planes with the train of a given plane. The problem of relating
these two quantities
is rooted in Sturm's Theory and has a long history going back to the
classical work by Arnold,
Bott and Smale, and has attracted recent attention of several groups of

We will briefly mention how the relation between the two indices helps to
prove the fact
that a pulse in a gradient system of reaction diffusion equations is
We will also discuss a fairly general theorem relating the indices for a
broad class
of multidimensional elliptic selfadjoint operators. Connections of the
Maslov index and
Hadamard-type formulas for the derivative of eigenvalues will be also

This talk is based on a joint work with M. Beck, G. Cox, C. Jones, P.
Howard, R. Marangell,
K. McQuighan, A. Sukhtayev, and S. Sukhtaiev.