A memorial meeting to mark the life and work of
Professor M.S.P. Eastham

This meeting is a memorial to Michael Eastham FRSE, a distinguished expert in the field of spectral analysis and differential equations who died on 27 October 2012, aged 74.

Michael was a widely acknowledged authority on the spectral theory of differential equations, and was particularly well-known for his analytical skills. He made many significant contributions to such topics as the asymptotics of solutions of linear differential systems, the deficiency index problem, periodic problems, spectral concentration and resonances.

The meeting will focus on the following topics:

  • ordinary differential equations: selfadjoint and non-selfadjoint Sturm-Liouville operators, inverse problems;
    systems of differential equations: Dirac operators and other block operator matrices;
    non-linear differential equations;
    periodic differential operators and the structure of their spectrum.

The meeting will be held at the School of Computer Science & Informatics at Cardiff (Queens Buildings) in the West extension room WX/3.07 on 1-2 July 2013, commencing at 9:55am. The meeting will end at 13:00pm on the 2 July.


Monday 1 July

9.55 Des Evans (Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK) Welcome
10.00 Karl Michael Schmidt (Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK) Asymptotics of the Spectral Density of Dirac Operators with Divergent Potentials
11.00 Coffee
11.30 Hubert Kalf (LMU, Munich, Germany) Dirac-type operators with continuous spectra
12.30 Lunch
14.00 Andrei Shkalikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) Uniform stability for the inverse Sturm-Liouville problem. Recovering of a potential from finite set of spectral data.
15.00 Christer Bennewitz (Lund, Sweden) The spectral problem for the zero dispersion CH equation
16.00 Coffee
16.30 Jussi Behrndt (TU Graz, Austria) Schrödinger operators with delta-interactions on Lipschitz hypersurfaces and chromatic numbers of associated partitions

19.30 Conference dinner

Tuesday 2 July

9.30 Pavel Drabek (Pilsen, Czech Republic) On quasilinear Sturm-Liouville problem with weights
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Bryan Rynne (Heriot-Watt, UK) The spectrum of the periodic p-Laplacian
12.00 E. Brian Davies, (King’s College, London, UK) Singular Schrödinger Operators in one dimension
13:00 Lunch
End of meeting


Registration includes the conference dinner on 1-July, as well as two lunches and tea & coffee during breaks. The cost of registration is £70.

To register your interest, please contact Malcolm Brown (malcolm@cs.cf.ac.uk) by email with the subject MSPE meeting by 1 June, 2013. In the body of your email, please include your name, affiliation and any special dietary requirements.

We shall contact you to arrange payment.


Please book a hotel well in advance. Cardiff is a tourist destination and hotels can fill up. Some Cardiff Hotels can be found at http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/cardiff.html


The School of Computer Science and Informatics at Cardiff is at Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK, 100m from Queen's Street railway station. It takes 20-25 minutes to walk to the School from Cardiff Central railway station.

The meeting is generously supported by the London Mathematical Society and the Welsh Institute of Mathematics and Computational Science.