Scattering zippers and their spectral theory

  • Laurent Marin

    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Hermann Schulz-Baldes

    Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


A scattering zipper is a system obtained by concatenation of scattering events with equal even number of incoming and out going channels. The associated scattering zipper operator is the unitary equivalent of Jacobi matrices with matrix entries and generalizes Blatter–Browne and Chalker–Coddington models and CMV matrices. Weyl discs are analyzed and used to prove a bijection between the set of semi-infinite scattering zipper operators and matrix valued probability measures on the unit circle. Sturm–Liouville oscillation theory is developed as a tool to calculate the spectra of finite and periodic scattering zipper operators.

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Laurent Marin, Hermann Schulz-Baldes, Scattering zippers and their spectral theory. J. Spectr. Theory 3 (2013), no. 1, pp. 47–82

DOI 10.4171/JST/37