Small transitive families of subspaces in finite dimensions

M.S. Lambrou, William Longstaff

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    A family F of subspaces of a finite-dimensional Hilbert space H is transitive if every operator leaving every element of F invariant is scalar. If dim H greater than or equal to 3, the minimum cardinality of a transitive family is 4. All 4-element transitive families of subspaces of 3-dimensional space are described. For spaces of dimension greater than 3, necessary, but not sufficient, conditions satisfied by every 4-element transitive family are obtained, showing that (i) either every pair of subspaces intersects in (0) or every pair spans H (but not both), (ii) at least three of the subspaces must have the same dimension (either [dim H/2] or [dim H/2] + 1), the dimension of the remaining subspace differing from this common dimension by at most 1. (C) 2002 Elsevier.Science Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)229-245
    JournalLinear Algebra and Its Applications
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

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