A trace formula for the nodal count sequence
Towards counting the shape of separable drums
Department of Physics of Complex Systems, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel
2 Fachbereich Physik, Freie Universität Berlin, Arnimallee 14, 14195 Berlin, Germany
3 School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
4 School of Mathematics, Bristol University, Bristol, BS8 1TW, UK
The sequence of nodal count is considered for separable drums. A recently derived trace formula for this sequence stores geometrical information of the drum. This statement is demonstrated in detail for the Laplace-Beltrami operator on simple tori and surfaces of revolution. The trace formula expresses the cumulative sum of nodal counts This sequence is expressed as a sum of two parts: a smooth (Weyl like) part which depends on global geometrical parameters, and a fluctuating part which involves the classical periodic orbits on the torus and their actions (lengths). The geometrical context of the nodal sequence is thus explicitly revealed.
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