# Exponential of matrices

• March 15th 2010, 05:05 PM
EinStone
Exponential of matrices
Let T be a square matrix and I be the corresponding Identity Matrix.

Show that if $\| T-I \|$ is sufficiently small, there exists a linear Operator S such that $e^S = T$.

Hint: expand log(1+x) in a Taylor series.
• March 17th 2010, 12:59 PM
Opalg
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Originally Posted by EinStone
Let T be a square matrix and I be the corresponding Identity Matrix.

Show that if $\| T-I \|$ is sufficiently small, there exists a linear Operator S such that $e^S = T$.

Hint: expand log(1+x) in a Taylor series.

Let $V = T-I$, and suppose that $\|V\|<1$. Then define $S = \log(I+V) = V - \frac{V^2}2 + \frac{V^3}3 -\frac{V^4}4 + \ldots$. The series converges absolutely, because $\sum\frac{\|V^n\|}n \leqslant\sum\frac{\|V\|^n}n$ and that series has radius of convergence 1. Then $e^S = \exp\log(I+V) = I+V = T$.