Eigenspace and Eigenspectrum Values in a Matrix
For a given matrix A the set of all eigenvectors of A associated with an eigenvalue spans a subspace, which is called the Eigenspace of A with respect to and is denoted by . The set of all eigenvalues of A is called Eigenspectrum, or just spectrum, of A.
If is an eigenvalue of A, then the corresponding eigenspace is the solution space of the homogeneous system of linear equations . Geometrically, the eigenvector corresponding to a non – zero eigenvalue points in a direction that is stretched by the linear mapping. The eigenvalue is the factor by which it is stretched. If the eigenvalue is negative, then the direction of the stretching is flipped.
Below are some useful properties of eigenvalues and eigenvectors in addition to the properties which are already listed in the article Mathematics | Eigen Values and Eigen Vectors.
Note: ker stands for Kernel which is another name for null space.
Computing Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors, and Eigenspaces:
Consider given 2 X 2 matrix: Step 1: Characteristic polynomial and Eigenvalues. The characteristic polynomial is given by det() After we factorize the characteristic polynomial, we will get which gives eigenvalues as and Step 2: Eigenvectors and Eigenspaces We find the eigenvectors that correspond to these eigenvalues by looking at vectors x such that For we obtain After solving the above homogeneous system of equations, we will obtain a solution space This eigenspace is one dimensional as it possesses a single basis vector. Similarly, we find eigenvector for by solving the homogeneous system of equations This means any vector , where such as is an eigenvector with eigenvalue 2. This means eigenspace is given as
The two eigenspaces and in the above example are one dimensional as they are each spanned by a single vector. However, in other cases, we may have multiple identical eigenvectors and the eigenspaces may have more than one dimension.