Institute for applied mathematics

Graduate Seminar (S4B2-GS PDE)

Random Schödinger operators and localization.

Prof. M. Disertori, Dr. Rojas-Molina


Time and place.

All talks will take place on Tuesdays 16 (c.t)-18 in room 2.040.

The first talk will be exceptionally on Friday November 4, 10(c.t.)-12 in room 2.040.


Preliminary schedule:


Talk 0,  4.11.2016

Talk 1,  8.11.2016

Talk 2,  15.11.2016

Talk 3,  22.11.2016

Talk 4,  6.12.2016

Talk 5,  13.12.2016

Talk 6,  10.1.2017

Talk 7,  16.1.2017 (* exeptionally on Monday, room N 0.007)

Talk 8,  31.1.2017





 It is a well known fact that in certain materials, such as alloys and amorphous media, the presence of disorder may destroy the conductivity properties and induce a transition between a conducting phase (at weak disorder) and an insulating  phase (at strong disorder). This  phenomenon  is called the Anderson localization. 

Mathematically, the problem can be modeled by solutions of the following

(stochastic) PDE

                      i∂t u= Hu    where  (Hu)(x)= -(Δu)(x)+ Vx u(x)

where ∆ is the Laplacian operator (may be on Zd or Rd ) and {Vx}x  is a family of random variables. Much useful and precise information can be gained using relatively elementary, but mathematically rigorous, methods. These rely on the study of the resolvant  GE (x,y)= (E id -H)-1(x,y). More precisely one considers the average E[|GE (x, y)|α ], for certain values of α. In this seminar we plan to learn some of the most famous tools in this context.


Functional analysis. Some basic knowledge in probability may be useful but not necessary.



Reading material:


  •  "Self-adjoint operators and solving the Schroedinger equation" , Günter Stolz, lectures given at NSF/CBMS Conference on Quantum Spin Systems June 16-20, 2014 University of Alabama at Birmingham, pdf file available here     
  •  ''An Introduction to the Mathematics of Anderson Localization” , Günter Stolz,  in ”Contemporary Mathematics Vol. 552  2011”, preprint: arXiv:1104.2317  
  •  "A short introduction to Anderson localization" ,  Dirk Hundertmark, in  proceedings of the LMS Meeting on Analysis and Stochastics of Growth Processes and Interface Models, Bath, September 2006. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 2008, 194-218, preprint available on his webpage here 
  • "An invitation to Random Schroedinger Operators",    Werner Kirsch, in: Panor. Synthèses 25, 1-119 (2008), preprint available here
  • "How large is large? Estimating the critical disorder for the Anderson model" , Jeffrey Schenker Lett. Math. Phys., 105 (2015), 1-9, preprint:  arXiv:1305.6987   
  • "Finite volume fractional moment criteria for Anderson localization", M. Aizenman, J. Schenker, R. Friedrich and D. Hundertmark Comm. Math. Phys. 224 (2001), 219–253, preprint available here

  • "Localization at large disorder and at extreme energies: an elementary derivation",  M. Aizenman and S. Molchanov,  Comm. Math. Phys. 157 (1993), 245–278


Prof. Dr. S. Müller erhält den diesjährigen Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn (07.07.17).

Prof. Dr. Michael Ortiz kommt als Bonn Research Chair ans IAM (Pressemitteilung, 29.7.2016).

Prof. Dr. S. Conti erhält den diesjährigen Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn (05.07.2016).

Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm, Koordinator des Hausdorff Zentrums für Mathematik an der Universität Bonn, erhält für seine eigene Forschung einen begehrten Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats (ERC). (Pressemitteilung 21.04.2016)


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Chief Administrator: Dr. B. Doerffel

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