Quotients of finite-dimensional operators by symmetry representations Academic Article uri icon


  • A finite dimensional operator that commutes with some symmetry group admits quotient operators, which are determined by the choice of associated representation. Taking the quotient isolates the part of the spectrum supporting the chosen representation and reduces the complexity of the problem, however it is not uniquely defined. Here we present a computationally simple way of choosing a special basis for the space of intertwiners, allowing us to construct a quotient that reflects the structure of the original operator. This quotient construction generalizes previous definitions for discrete graphs, which either dealt with restricted group actions or only with the trivial representation. We also extend the method to quantum graphs, which simplifies previous constructions within this context, answers an open question regarding self-adjointness and offers alternative viewpoints in terms of a scattering approach. Applications to isospectrality are discussed, together with numerous examples and comparisons with previous results.

author list (cited authors)

  • Band, R., Berkolaiko, G., Joyner, C. H., & Liu, W.

complete list of authors

  • Band, Ram||Berkolaiko, Gregory||Joyner, Christopher H||Liu, Wen

publication date

  • November 2017