Completeness of Eigenfunctions

1. May 11, 2009

dave4000

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

What is meant by the completeness of eigenfunctions?

3. The attempt at a solution

I understand the AX(x)=BX(x) where A is the operator, B is the eigenvalue and X(x) the eigenfunction.

I cannot find anywhere anything on what is meant by the completeness of eigenfunctions. Any idea?

2. May 11, 2009

HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
A "complete" set of eigenvectors (called eigenfunctions if you vector space is a space of functions) is a set of eigenvectors that forms a basis for the vector space. In particular, "self adjoint" operators always have a complete set of eigenvectors.