Boosted Simon-Wolff Spectral Criterion and Resonant Delocalization

Michael Aizenman, Simone Warzel

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Discussed here are criteria for the existence of continuous components in the spectra of operators with random potential. First, the essential condition for the Simon-Wolff criterion is shown to be measurable at infinity. By implication, for the i.i.d. case and more generally potentials with the K-property, the criterion is boosted by a zero-one law. The boosted criterion, combined with tunneling estimates, is then applied for sufficiency conditions for the presence of continuous spectrum for random Schrödinger operators. The general proof strategy that this yields is modeled on the resonant delocalization arguments by which continuous spectrum in the presence of disorder was previously established for random operators on tree graphs. In another application of the Simon-Wolff rank-one analysis we prove the almost sure simplicity of the pure point spectrum for operators with random potentials of conditionally continuous distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2195-2218
Number of pages24
JournalCommunications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2016


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