Linear algebra and its applications vol:422 issue:2-3 pages:664-700
We study in this paper several properties of the eigenvalues function of a Euclidean Jordan algebra, extending several known results in the frarnework of symmetric matrices. In particular, we give a concise form for the directional differential of a single eigenvalue. We especially focus on spectral functions F on Euclidean Jordan algebras, which are the composition of a symmetric real-valued function f with the eigenvalues function. We explore several properties off that are transferred to F, in particular convexity, strong convexity and differentiability. Spectral mappings are also considered, a special case of which is the gradient mapping of a spectral function. Answering a problem proposed by H. Sendov, we give a formula for the Jacobian of these functions. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.