Arkiv för Matematik

Volume 57 (2019)

Number 1

Maximizing Riesz means of anisotropic harmonic oscillators

Pages: 129 – 155



Simon Larson (Department of Mathematics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden)


We consider problems related to the asymptotic minimization of eigenvalues of anisotropic harmonic oscillators in the plane. In particular we study Riesz means of the eigenvalues and the trace of the corresponding heat kernels. The eigenvalue minimization problem can be reformulated as a lattice point problem where one wishes to maximize the number of points of $(\mathbb{N}-\frac{1}{2}) \times (\mathbb{N}-\frac{1}{2})$ inside triangles with vertices $(0, 0), (0, \lambda \sqrt{\beta})$ and $(\lambda / \sqrt{\beta}, 0)$ with respect to $\beta \gt 0$, for fixed $\lambda \geq 0$. This lattice point formulation of the problem naturally leads to a family of generalized problems where one instead considers the shifted lattice $(\mathbb{N} + \sigma) \times (\mathbb{N} + \tau)$, for $\sigma, \tau \gt -1$. We show that the nature of these problems are rather different depending on the shift parameters, and in particular that the problem corresponding to harmonic oscillators, $\sigma = \tau = -\frac{1}{2}$, is a critical case.


spectral optimization, harmonic oscillator, lattice point counting, asymptotics

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

11P21, 52C05, 35P15

Received 11 February 2018

Received revised 11 September 2018

Accepted 8 October 2018

Published 3 May 2019