Absence of reflection as a function of the coupling constant
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Absence of reflection as a function of the coupling constant

  • Author(s): Killip, Rowan
  • Sims, Robert
  • et al.

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https://arxiv.org/pdf/math-ph/0601033.pdf
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Abstract

We consider solutions of the one-dimensional equation $-u'' +(Q+ \lambda V) u = 0$ where $Q: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is locally integrable, $V : \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ is integrable with supp$(V) \subset [0,1]$, and $\lambda \in \mathbb{R}$ is a coupling constant. Given a family of solutions $\{u_{\lambda} \}_{\lambda \in \mathbb{R}}$ which satisfy $u_{\lambda}(x) = u_0(x)$ for all $x<0$, we prove that the zeros of $b(\lambda) := W[u_0, u_{\lambda}]$, the Wronskian of $u_0$ and $u_{\lambda}$, form a discrete set unless $V \equiv 0$. Setting $Q(x) := -E$, one sees that a particular consequence of this result may be stated as: if the fixed energy scattering experiment $-u'' + \lambda V u = Eu$ gives rise to a reflection coefficient which vanishes on a set of couplings with an accumulation point, then $V \equiv 0$.

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