04-47 David Damanik and Rowan Killip
Ergodic Potentials With a Discontinuous Sampling Function Are Non-Deterministic (19K, LaTeX) Feb 25, 04
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Abstract. We prove absence of absolutely continuous spectrum for discrete one-dimensional Schr\"odinger operators on the whole line with certain ergodic potentials, $V_\omega(n) = f(T^n(\omega))$, where $T$ is an ergodic transformation acting on a space $\Omega$ and $f: \Omega \to \R$. The key hypothesis, however, is that $f$ is discontinuous. In particular, we are able to settle a conjecture of Aubry and Jitomirskaya--Mandel'shtam regarding potentials generated by irrational rotations on the torus. The proof relies on a theorem of Kotani, which shows that non-deterministic potentials give rise to operators that have no absolutely continuous spectrum.

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