# Cayley-Hamilton theorem

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Let be the set of complex -matrices and . Let

be the characteristic polynomial of , where is the identity matrix. The Cayley–Hamilton theorem says [a2], [a9] that every square matrix satisfies its own characteristic equation, i.e.

where is the zero-matrix.

The classical Cayley–Hamilton theorem can be extended to rectangle matrices. A matrix for may be written as , , . Let

Then the matrix () satisfies the equation [a8]

A matrix () may be written as

Let

Then the matrix () satisfies the equation [a8]

The Cayley–Hamilton theorem can be also extended to block matrices ([a4], [a13], [a15]). Let

 (a1)

where are commutative, i.e. for all . Let

be the matrix characteristic polynomial and let be the matrix (block) eigenvalue of , where denotes the Kronecker product. The matrix is obtained by developing the determinant of , considering its commuting blocks as elements [a15].

The block matrix (a1) satisfies the equation [a15]

Consider now a rectangular block matrix , where has the form (a1) and (). The matrix satisfies the equation [a4]

If , where has the form (a1) and , then

A pair of matrices is called regular if for some [a10], [a11], [a12]. The pair is called standard if there exist scalars such that . If the pair is regular, then the pair

 (a2)

is standard. If the pair is standard, then it is also commutative (). Let a pair be standard (commutative) and

Then the pair satisfies the equation [a1]

In a particular case, with , it follows that .

Let be the set of -order square complex matrices that commute in pairs and let be the set of square matrices partitioned in blocks belonging to .

Consider a standard pair of block matrices and let the matrix polynomial

be its matrix characteristic polynomial. The pair is called the block-eigenvalue pair of the pair .

Then [a6]

The Cayley–Hamilton theorem can be also extended to singular two-dimensional linear systems described by Roesser-type or Fomasini–Marchesini-type models [a3], [a14]. The singular two-dimensional Roesser model is given by

Here, is the set of non-negative integers; , respectively , are the horizontal, respectively vertical, semi-state vector at the point ; is the input vector; , () and () have dimensions compatible with and ; and

may be singular. The characteristic polynomial has the form

and the transition matrices , , are defined by

If , (the standard Roesser model), then the transition matrices may be computed recursively, using the formula , where ,

The matrices satisfy the equation [a3]

The singular two-dimensional Fornasini–Marchesini model is given by

where is the local semi-vector at the point , is the input vector, and is possibly singular. The characteristic polynomial has the form

and the transition matrices , , are defined by

The matrices satisfy the equation

The theorems may be also extended to two-dimensional continuous-discrete linear systems [a5].

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This article was adapted from an original article by T. Kaczorek (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article