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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2003, Issue 3, Pages 115-140

Perturbed spectra of defective matrices

1Department of Automatics, University of Architecture and Civil Engineering, 1 Christo Smirnenski Blvd., Sofia 1046, Bulgaria
2Institut für Mathematik, MA 4–5, Technische Universitfät Berlin, Strasse des 17.Juni 136, Berlin D-10623, Germany
3Department of Systems and Control, Faculty of Automatics, Technical University of Sofia, Sofia 1756, Bulgaria

Received 22 May 2002; Revised 7 October 2002

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This paper is devoted to the perturbation theory for defective matrices. We consider the asymptotic expansions of the perturbed spectrum when a matrix A is changed to A+tE, where E0 and t>0 is a small parameter. In particular, we analyse the rational exponents that may occur when the matrix E varies over the sphere E=ρ>0. We partially characterize the leading exponents noting that the description of the set of all leading exponents remains an open problem.