# Cyclic vector

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 15A Secondary: 47A1693B [MSN][ZBL]

Let $A$ be an endomorphism of a finite-dimensional vector space $V$. A cyclic vector for $A$ is a vector $v$ such that $v,Av,\dots,A^{n-1}v$ form a basis for $V$, i.e. such that the pair $(A,v)$ is completely reachable (see also Pole assignment problem; Majorization ordering; System of subvarieties; Frobenius matrix).

A vector $v$ in an (infinite-dimensional) Banach space or Hilbert space with an operator $A$ on it is said to be cyclic if the linear combinations of the vectors $A^iv$, $i=0,1,\dots$, form a dense subspace, [a1].

More generally, let $\mathcal A$ be a subalgebra of $\mathcal B(H)$, the algebra of bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$. Then $v\in H$ is cyclic if $\mathcal Av$ is dense in $H$, [a2], [a5].

If $\phi$ is a unitary representation of a (locally compact) group $G$ in $H$, then $v\in H$ is called cyclic if the linear combinations of the $\phi(g)v$, $g\in G$, form a dense set, [a3], [a4]. For the connection between positive-definite functions on $G$ and the cyclic representations (i.e., representations that admit a cyclic vector), see Positive-definite function on a group. An irreducible representation is cyclic with respect to every non-zero vector.

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Cyclic vector. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Cyclic_vector&oldid=34882
This article was adapted from an original article by M. Hazewinkel (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article