Siberian Mathematical Journal

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 891–907 | Cite as

The Inverse Spectral Problem for the Sturm-Liouville Operators with Discontinuous Coefficients

  • A. I. Shestakov


We study the inverse spectral problem for the Sturm–Liouville operator whose piecewise constant coefficient A(x) has discontinuity points x k , k=1,...,n, and jumps A k =A(x k +0)/A(x k -0). We show that if the discontinuity points x1,...,x n are noncommensurable, i.e., none of their linear combinations with integer coefficients vanishes; then the spectral function of the operator determines all discontinuity points x k and jumps A k uniquely. We give an algorithm for finding x k and A k in finitely many steps.

inverse problem discontinuous coefficient Sturm–Liouville operator spectral function 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. I. Shestakov
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  1. 1.Sobolev Institute of MathematicsNovosibirsk

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