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Nodal sets and growth exponents of Laplace eigenfunctions on surfaces

Guillaume Roy-Fortin

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We prove a result, announced by F. Nazarov, L. Polterovich and M. Sodin, that exhibits a relation between the average local growth of a Laplace eigenfunction on a closed surface and the global size of its nodal set. More precisely, we provide a lower and an upper bound to the Hausdorff measure of the nodal set in terms of the expected value of the growth exponent of an eigenfunction on disks of wavelength-like radius. Combined with Yau’s conjecture, the result implies that the average local growth of an eigenfunction on such disks is bounded by constants in the semiclassical limit. We also obtain results that link the size of the nodal set to the growth of solutions of planar Schrödinger equations with small potential.

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Anal. PDE, Volume 8, Number 1 (2015), 223-255.

Received: 6 September 2014
Accepted: 26 November 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 28 November 2017

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Primary: 58J50: Spectral problems; spectral geometry; scattering theory [See also 35Pxx]

spectral geometry Laplace eigenfunctions nodal sets growth of eigenfunctions


Roy-Fortin, Guillaume. Nodal sets and growth exponents of Laplace eigenfunctions on surfaces. Anal. PDE 8 (2015), no. 1, 223--255. doi:10.2140/apde.2015.8.223.

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