School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Conference: Kent Spectral Theory

Supported by University of Kent Faculty of Sciences, the London Mathematical Society, European Union Marie Curie Action

During the last few decades operator theory and its applications in various fields, such as hydrodynamics, quantum mechanics, quantum optics, and quantum field theory have been a quickly developing branch of mathematics. This area is strongly influenced by modern analysis, including modern real and complex analysis.

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One particular new development is the interaction between classical selfadjoint operator theory and modern non-selfadjoint operator theory, two areas which previously had little overlap. This will be a key area that this conference focuses on.

The idea of the conference is to promote exchange of information between international experts and people in the UK working in different areas of operator theory and analysis. We expect that this will be fruitful for both of these branches of mathematics and will point the way forward to new research questions.

To help the development of young researchers working in the field, we plan to organise a special session for talks by research students.

There is some financial support available for research students.
1 March 2014.


Download the Conference Schedule (PDF, 53 KB).


We propose to focus on the following:

  1. Direct and inverse problems for ordinary differential equations (ODEs) and partial differential equations (PDEs)
  2. Spectral theory of non-selfadjoint operators
  3. Theory of dissipative operators and functional models
  4. Block operator matrices
  5. Periodic and quasiperiodic differential operators
  6. Orthogonal polynomials and spectral theory of Jacobi matrices
  7. Quantum graphs
  8. Toeplitz operators and Riemann-Hilbert problems
  9. Mathematical problems in nano-electronics

Invited Speakers

  • Jussi Behrndt (TU Graz, Austria)
  • B. Malcolm Brown (Cardiff University)
  • Christina Camara (Lisbon, Portugal)
  • E. Brian Davies, FRS (King's College, London)
  • Plamen Djakov (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • W. Desmond Evans (Cardiff University)
  • Daphne Gilbert (Dublin)
  • Gerd Grubb (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Jan Janas (Krakow, Poland)
  • Stanislas Kupin (Bordeaux, France)
  • Pavel Kurasov (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Heinz Langer (Vienna, Austria)
  • Ari Laptev (Imperial College, London)
  • Marco Marletta (Cardiff University)
  • Boris Pavlov (St.Petersburg/Auckland)
  • Michael Plum (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Roman Romanov (St.Petersburg, Russia)
  • Alexander Sobolev (UCL)
  • Christiane Tretter (Bern, Switzerland),

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While we cannot recommend specific accommodation all of the following are within reasonable travelling distance.

The Victoria Hotel
City of Canterbury Guest House
St Stephens Guest House
Yorke Lodge
Acacia Lodge
Anns House
House of Agnes
Black Horse Inn
Pilgrims Hotel
Premier Inn

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Canterbury is a tourist city and there is heavy demand for accommodation at many times of year. Please book accommodation as promptly as possible.

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