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Hausdorff dimension of the spectrum of the almost Mathieu operator

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CATW02 - Complex analysis in mathematical physics and applications

We will discuss the well-known quasiperiodic operator: the almost Mathieu operator in the critical case. We give a new and elementary proof (the first proof was completed in 2006 by Avila and Krikorian by a different method) of the fact that its spectrum is a zero measure Cantor set. We furthermore prove a conjecture going back to the work of David Thouless in 1980s, that the Hausdorff dimension of the spectrum is not larger than 1/2. This is a joint work with Svetlana Jitomirskaya.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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