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Almost periodic factorization of certain
block triangular matrix functions

Authors: Ilya M. Spitkovsky and Darryl Yong
Journal: Math. Comp. 69 (2000), 1053-1070
MSC (1991): Primary 47A68, 47-04, 42A75
Published electronically: August 25, 1999
Supplement: Additional information related to this article.
MathSciNet review: 1659831
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Abstract: Let

\begin{displaymath}G(x)=\left[\begin{matrix}e^{i\lambda x}I_m & 0\\ c_{-1}e^{-i\nu x}+c_0+c_1 e^{i\alpha x} & e^{-i\lambda x}I_m \end{matrix}\right],\end{displaymath}

where $c_j\in\mathbb{C}^{m\times m}$, $\alpha,\nu>0$ and $\alpha+\nu=\lambda$. For rational $\alpha/\nu$ such matrices $G$ are periodic, and their Wiener-Hopf factorization with respect to the real line $\mathbb{R}$ always exists and can be constructed explicitly. For irrational $\alpha/\nu$, a certain modification (called an almost periodic factorization) can be considered instead. The case of invertible $c_0$ and commuting $c_1c_0^{-1}$, $c_{-1}c_0^{-1}$ was disposed of earlier-it was discovered that an almost periodic factorization of such matrices $G$ does not always exist, and a necessary and sufficient condition for its existence was found. This paper is devoted mostly to the situation when $c_0$ is not invertible but the $c_j$ commute pairwise ($j=0,\pm 1$). The complete description is obtained when $m\leq 3$; for an arbitrary $m$, certain conditions are imposed on the Jordan structure of $c_j$. Difficulties arising for $m=4$ are explained, and a classification of both solved and unsolved cases is given. The main result of the paper (existence criterion) is theoretical; however, a significant part of its proof is a constructive factorization of $G$ in numerous particular cases. These factorizations were obtained using Maple; the code is available from the authors upon request.

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Ilya M. Spitkovsky

Darryl Yong

Keywords: Almost periodic matrix functions, factorization, explicit computation
Received by editor(s): March 12, 1997
Received by editor(s) in revised form: September 18, 1998
Published electronically: August 25, 1999
Additional Notes: The first author’s research was partially supported by NSF Grant DMS-9800704
The second author’s research was started during a Research Experience for Undergraduates sponsored by the NSF at the College of William and Mary during the summer of 1995.
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