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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Inverse spectral results on line bundles over even dimensional tori

Authors: Carolyn Gordon (Dartmouth College), Pierre Guerini (Universita di Roma I La Sapienza), Thomas Kappeler (University of Zurich), David Webb (Dartmouth College)


Given a Hermitian line bundle L over a flat torus M, a connection on L, and a function Q on M, one associates a Schrodinger operator acting on sections of L. In the case of line bundles of Chern number one over two-dimensional tori for which both the connection and the potential are even, V. Guillemin showed under genericity conditions that the spectrum determines both the connection and the potential. We address the question in higher even dimensions of whether, fixing an ``invariant'' connection, the spectrum determines the potential. With a genericity condition, we show that the spectrum determines the even part of the potential. We also show that if we allow the connection to vary over the invariant connections but keep the potential Q fixed, then the resulting collection of spectra uniquely determine the potential, without any assumption of evenness. This collection of spectra is a natural analog in the case of line bundles to the classical Bloch spectrum of the torus.

We also obtain counterexamples showing that the genericity conditions are needed even in the case of the two-dimensional tori studied by Guillemin.