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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2006, Article ID 29895, 7 pages

The distribution of nonprincipal eigenvalues of singular second-order linear ordinary differential equations

Instituto de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, J. M. Gutierrez 1150, Los Polvorines, Buenos Aires 1613, Argentina

Received 21 February 2005; Accepted 27 July 2006

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We obtain the asymptotic distribution of the nonprincipal eigenvalues associated with the singular problem x+λq(t)x=0 on an infinite interval [a,+). Similar to the regular eigenvalue problem on compact intervals, we can prove a Weyl-type expansion of the eigenvalue counting function, and we derive the asymptotic behavior of the eigenvalues.