Elliptic operators on infinite graphs

Research paper by J. Dodziuk

Indexed on: 08 Sep '05Published on: 08 Sep '05Published in: Mathematics - Spectral Theory


We present some applications of ideas from partial differential equations and differential geometry to the study of difference equations on infinite graphs. All operators that we consider are examples of "elliptic operators" as defined by Y. Colin de Verdiere. For such operators, we discuss analogs of inequalities of Cheeger and Harnack and of the maximum principle (in both elliptic and parabolic versions), and apply them to study spectral theory, the ground state and the heat semigroup associated to these operators.