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Self-adjoint Extensions, Point Potentials, and Pinned Polymers

Michael Cranston
University of California

In this talk we discuss closed self adjoint extensions of the Laplacian and fractional Laplacian on L^2 of Euclidean space minus the origin. In many cases there is a one parameter family of these operators that behave like the original operator plus a potential at the origin. Using these operators, we can construct polymer measures which exhibit interesting phase transitions from an extended state to a bound state where the pinning at the origin due to the potential takes over. The talk is based on joint works with Koralov, Molchanov, Squartini and Vainberg.

Earlier Event: May 17