01282nas a2200121 4500008004100000245007500041210006900116260001000185520086400195100002901059700002101088856005101109 2015 en d00aStability of closed gaps for the alternating Kronig-Penney Hamiltonian0 aStability of closed gaps for the alternating KronigPenney Hamilt bSISSA3 aWe consider the Kronig-Penney model for a quantum crystal with equispaced periodic delta-interactions of alternating strength. For this model all spectral gaps at the centre of the Brillouin zone are known to vanish, although so far this noticeable property has only been proved through a very delicate analysis of the discriminant of the corresponding
ODE and the associated monodromy matrix. We provide a new, alternative proof by showing that this model can be approximated, in the norm resolvent sense, by a model of regular periodic interactions with finite range for which all gaps at the centre of the Brillouin zone are still vanishing. In particular this shows that the vanishing gap property
is stable in the sense that it is present also for the "physical" approximants and is not only a feature of the idealised model of zero-range interactions.1 aMichelangeli, Alessandro1 aMonaco, Domenico uhttp://urania.sissa.it/xmlui/handle/1963/34460