Spectral theory of spin substitutions

Frank, Natalie Priebe and Manibo, Neil (2022). Spectral theory of spin substitutions. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 42(11) pp. 5399–5435.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3934/dcds.2022105


We introduce substitutions in Zm which have non-rectangular domains based on an endomorphism Q of Zm and a set D of coset representatives of Zm/QZm, which we call digit substitutions. Using a finite abelian ‘spin’ group we define ‘spin digit substitutions’ and their subshifts (Σ, Zm). Conditions under which the subshift is measure-theoretically isomorphic to a group extension of an m-dimensional odometer are given, inducing a complete decomposition of the function space L2 (Σ, µ). This enables the use of group characters in Ĝ to derive substitutive factors and analyze the spectra of specific subspaces. We provide general sufficient criteria for the existence of pure point, absolutely continuous, and singular continuous spectral measures, together with some bounds on their spectral multiplicity.

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