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Closed-Form Expressions for the Matrix Exponential
AbstractWe discuss a method to obtain closed-form expressions of f(A), where f is an analytic function and A a square, diagonalizable matrix. The method exploits the Cayley–Hamilton theorem and has been previously reported using tools that are perhaps not sufficiently appealing to physicists. Here, we derive the results on which the method is based by using tools most commonly employed by physicists. We show the advantages of the method in comparison with standard approaches, especially when dealing with the exponential of low-dimensional matrices. In contrast to other approaches that require, e.g., solving differential equations, the present method only requires the construction of the inverse of the Vandermonde matrix. We show the advantages of the method by applying it to different cases, mostly restricting the calculational effort to the handling of two-by-two matrices.
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De Zela, F. Closed-Form Expressions for the Matrix Exponential. Symmetry 2014, 6, 329-344.View more citation formats
De Zela F. Closed-Form Expressions for the Matrix Exponential. Symmetry. 2014; 6(2):329-344.Chicago/Turabian Style
De Zela, F. 2014. "Closed-Form Expressions for the Matrix Exponential." Symmetry 6, no. 2: 329-344.