Differential Operators on Graphs and Photonic Crystals Academic Article uri icon


  • Studying classical wave propagation in periodic high contrast photonic and acoustic media naturally leads to the following spectral problem: -Δu = λεu, where ε(x) (the dielectric constant) is a periodic function that assumes a large value ε near a periodic graph Σ in ℝ2 and is equal to 1 otherwise. High contrast regimes lead to appearence of pseudo-differential operators of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann type on graphs. The paper contains a technique of approximating these pseudo-differential spectral problems by much simpler differential ones that can sometimes be resolved analytically. Numerical experiments show amazing agreement between the spectra of the pseudo-differential and differential problems.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Kuchment, P., & Kunyansky, L.

citation count

  • 28

publication date

  • April 2002