Analysis and Geometric Analysis Seminar

Ashley ZhangUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Convergence of non-linear Fourier transform via spectral problems for canonical systems

Monday, December 12, 2022 - 2:40pm
Malott 406

This talk will be about connections between spectral problems for canonical systems and non-linear Fourier transforms (NLFTs). Non-linear Fourier transform is closely connected to Dirac systems, which form a subclass of canonical systems of differential equations. This connection allows one to find analogs of results on inverse spectral problems for canonical systems in the area of NLFT. In particular, NLFTs of discrete sequences, discussed in the lecture notes by Tao and Thiele, are related to spectral problems for periodic measures and the theory of orthogonal polynomials.

I will start the talk with the basics of non-linear Fourier transforms, then connect NLFTs to canonical systems. Then I will present an explicit algorithm for inverse spectral problems developed by Makarov and Poltoratski for locally-finite periodic spectral measures, as well as an extension of their work to certain classes of non-periodic spectral measures. Finally I will return to NLFT and translate the results for inverse spectral problems to results for NLFT.