Applied left-definite theory : the Jacobi polynomials, their Sobolev orthogonality, and self-adjoint operators.

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dc.contributor.advisor Littlejohn, Lance L. Bruder, Andrea S.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Dept. of Mathematics. en 2009-05
dc.description.abstract It is well known that, for –α, –β, –α – β – 1 ∉ ℕ, the Jacobi polynomials {Pn(α,β)(x)} ∞ n=0 are orthogonal on ℝ with respect to a bilinear form of the type(f,g)μ = ∫ℝfgdμ, for some measure μ. However, for negative integer parameters α and β, an application of Favard's theorem shows that the Jacobi polynomials cannot be orthogonal on the real line with respect to a bilinear form of this type for any positive or signed measure. But it is known that they are orthogonal with respect to a Sobolev inner product. In this work, we first consider the special case where α = β = –1. We shall discuss the Sobolev orthogonality of the Jacobi polynomials and construct a self-adjoint operator in a certain Hilbert-Sobolev space having the entire sequence of Jacobi polynomials as eigenfunctions. The key to this construction is the left-definite theory associated with the Jacobi differential equation, and the left-definite spaces and operators will be constructed explicitly. The results will then be generalized to the case where α > –1, β = –1. en
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dc.subject Jacobi polynomials. en
dc.subject Sobolev spaces. en
dc.subject Selfadjoint operators. en
dc.subject Eigenfunctions. en
dc.title Applied left-definite theory : the Jacobi polynomials, their Sobolev orthogonality, and self-adjoint operators. en
dc.type Thesis en Ph.D. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Mathematics. en

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