Spectral Collocation Solutions to Second Order Singular Sturm-Liouville Eigenproblems

Calin-Ioan Gheorghiu

We comparatively use some classical spectral collocation methods as well as highly performing Chebfun algorithms in order to compute the eigenpairs of second order singular Sturm-Liouville problems with separated self-adjoint boundary conditions. For both the limit-circle non oscillatory and oscillatory cases we pay a particular attention. Some "hard" benchmark problems, for which usual numerical methods (f. d., f. e. m., etc.) fail, are analysed. For the very challenging Bessel eigenproblem we will try to find out the source and the meaning of the singularity in the origin. For a double singular eigenproblem due to Dunford and Schwartz we we try to find out the precise meaning of the notion of continuous spectrum. For some singular problems only a tandem approach of the two classes of methods produces credible results.

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