Consider a surface $\Gamma$ in $R^3$. The surface $\Gamma$ is a graph, i.e. $\Gamma = (x,y, h(x,y))$, for $x \in R^2$ and some smooth function $h$, where $h$ and all its derivatives are periodic on [0,1]^2.

I'm trying to estimate the eigenfunctions and eigenvalues of the Laplace-Beltrami operator for this surface. Of course, the laplace beltrami operator can be very easily be expressed in local coordinates on $[0,1]^2$, and so the problem is effectively approximating the spectra of this second order elliptic operator on $L^2[0,1]^2$ with periodic boundary conditions. This is what I am doing, however I still cannot obtain any useful estimates.

Is anyone aware of any references, or has had any experience with this problem?