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International Journal of Differential Equations
Volume 2015, Article ID 647396, 4 pages
Research Article

An Inverse Spectral Problem for the Matrix Sturm-Liouville Operator with a Bessel-Type Singularity

Department of Mechanics and Mathematics, Saratov State University, Astrakhanskaya 83, Saratov 410012, Russia

Received 21 September 2014; Accepted 10 May 2015

Academic Editor: Salim Messaoudi

Copyright © 2015 Natalia Bondarenko. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The inverse problem by the Weyl matrix is studied for the matrix Sturm-Liouville equation on a finite interval with a Bessel-type singularity in the end of the interval. We construct special fundamental systems of solutions for this equation and prove the uniqueness theorem of the inverse problem.

1. Introduction

Inverse problems of the spectral analysis for systems of differential equations with Bessel-type singularities arise in quantum mechanics (e.g., in the theory of the deuteron [1]). Although inverse problems for scalar operators with singularities have been studied for a long time [24], there are no general results for matrix operators. In the monograph [1], the inverse scattering problem is studied for some particular cases of matrix Sturm-Liouville equations with singularities. In this paper, we start a research on inverse spectral problems for systems with Bessel-type singularities. We suggest an approach, based on the method of spectral mappings [5]. One of the main ingredients of our method is special fundamental systems of solutions (FSS): Bessel-type solutions with the prescribed asymptotic behavior at the singular point and Birkhoff-type solutions with the known asymptotic representations, as the spectral parameter tends to infinity. The connection between these two FSS plays the most important role in the investigation. In this paper, we formulate an inverse problem by the Weyl matrix for the matrix Sturm-Liouville operator with a singularity and prove the uniqueness theorem.

Consider the matrix Sturm-Liouville equation on a finite interval with a Bessel-type singularity in the end of the intervalHere is a vector function, is the spectral parameter, and and are matrices.

We assume that the matrix is diagonal; that is, , , . If is an arbitrary Hermitian matrix, one can apply the standard unitary transform, in order to fulfill this condition. For definiteness, let , , , . Let the matrix function be integrable on .

2. Bessel-Type Solutions

Let , . If we put , (1) splits into scalar equations, which have Bessel solutions [6]: whereClearly, the matrix functions satisfy (1).

Let and , , be the matrix solutions of the following integral equations:where .

Along with (1), consider the following equation:where is a row vector.

Denote the unit matrix by , its th column by , and its th row by . The column vectors , , , form a fundamental system of solutions (FSS) of (1). Similarly the row vectors form an FSS of (5). Clearly, for each fixed , the matrix functions ,   are entire in the -plane. Using integral equations (4) and the integrability of the matrix function , one obtains the following asymptotic formulas as , , and :

Denote . It is easy to show that if the vector functions and satisfy (1) and (5), respectively, then does not depend on . Note that , , are the matrix solutions of (5) for . Moreover, , , where is the Kronecker delta. Using this fact together with asymptotic formulas (6), we obtain the relation

3. Birkhoff-Type Solutions

Following ideas of [3], we construct the solutions ,  , whose columns form an FSS of (1) and have the following properties.

() For each fixed , the matrix functions , , , are analytic in the set and continuous in .

() For , , , and , the following asymptotic formulas are valid:where , .

() The solutions and are connected by the relationsand the Stokes multipliers have the following asymptotic behavior:where and are constant Stokes multipliers for solutions of the scalar equations (see [3]).

Expansion (9) and asymptotic formula (10) play a crucial role in the study of the inverse problem. Using (9) and (10), we derive asymptotic formulas for :for , , , and . Similarly, Birkhoff-type solutions can be constructed for (5), and the asymptotic formulas for the solutions can be obtained.

4. Inverse Problem

Introduce the linear forms , . In view of (7), we have . Note that for the classical matrix Sturm-Liouville equation we have , .

Consider the boundary value problem for (1) with the boundary conditionswhere and are matrices. One can also take the Dirichlet-type boundary condition at . If , it is equivalent to the standard Dirichlet boundary condition . Similarly, one can investigate the matrix Sturm-Liouville equation with Bessel-type singularities at both ends of the interval. Then both boundary conditions take the form similar to (12).

Let be the matrix solution of (1), satisfying the conditions , . The matrix function is called the Weyl matrix of the problem . The Weyl matrix generalizes the notion of the Weyl function for the scalar case (see [5, 7]).

Let be the matrix solution of (1) under initial conditions , . Obviously,

Introduce the linear forms , and consider the boundary value problem for (5) with the boundary conditions Similarly one can define the problem . Let and be matrix solutions of (5), satisfying the conditions , , , and . Put . Similarly to (14), one can easily deriveNote that the expressions , do not depend on . Using relations (14), (16), and (7), we obtain In addition,Hence .

We study the following inverse problem: given the Weyl matrix , find , , and .

Consider the boundary value problem in the same form as , but with other coefficients. We agree that if a certain symbol denotes an object related to , then the corresponding symbol with tilde denotes the analogous object related to .

Theorem 1. If , then a.e. on , , and . Thus, the boundary value problem can be determined by its Weyl matrix uniquely.

Proof. Define the block matrix by the formulaIt follows from (14), (16), and (7) that Consequently,Using (14) and (11) we obtainIn order to study the asymptotic behavior of , introduce the matrix solution of (1) under the initial conditions at the regular end: , . Then . Using the standard asymptotic representation for , one can expand this solution by the system , , and then calculate asymptotic for , applying (9) and (10). Finally, one gets the following result:Similarly one can obtain the asymptotic formulas for and . Substituting all these asymptotic relations into (21), we getIt follows from (21), (14), and (16) thatSince , the matrix functions and are entire with respect to . Taking asymptotic formulas (24) into account, we conclude that , . By virtue of (19), , , and therefore .

Conflict of Interests

The author declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


This work was supported by Grant 1.1436.2014K of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and by Grants 13-01-00134, 14-01-31042, and 15-01-04864 of Russian Foundation for Basic Research.


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