On the lengths of irreducible pairs of complex matrices

Authors:
W. E. Longstaff and Peter Rosenthal

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **139** (2011), 3769-3777

MSC (2010):
Primary 15A30; Secondary 47L05

Published electronically:
June 13, 2011

MathSciNet review:
2823023

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Abstract: The length of a pair of matrices is the smallest integer such that words in the matrices with at most factors span the unital algebra generated by the pair. Upper bounds for lengths have been much studied. If is a rank one (complex) matrix, the length of the irreducible pair is and the subwords of form a basis for . New examples are given of irreducible pairs of matrices of length . There exists an irreducible pair of matrices of length . We begin the study of determining lower bounds for lengths.

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**W. E. Longstaff**

Affiliation:
School of Mathematics & Statistics, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia

Email:
longstaf@maths.uwa.edu.au

**Peter Rosenthal**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E4, Canada

Email:
rosent@math.toronto.edu

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-2011-11149-3

Keywords:
Length,
words

Received by editor(s):
March 1, 2010

Published electronically:
June 13, 2011

Communicated by:
Marius Junge

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American Mathematical Society

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