Show that a diagonalizable matrix having only one eigenvalue is a scalar matrix.

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- July 26th 2009, 04:55 PMbmixonDiagonalizable matrix
Show that a diagonalizable matrix having only one eigenvalue is a scalar matrix.

- July 26th 2009, 05:57 PMRandom Variable
Let be a diagonalizable matrix having only one eigenvalue .

By the defintion of diagonalizability, there exists an nonsingular matrix such that (where B is a diagonal matrix).

The diagonal entries of are the eigenvalues of ; therefore, (which is a scalar matrix).

This means that A is similar to . But the only matrix similar to a scalar matrix is itself. So A is a scalar matrix.

I coincidentally just proved the last part in another thread about 20 minutes ago.