On the product of two skew-Hamiltonian or two skew-symmetric matrices
We show that the product C of two skew-Hamiltonian matrices obeys the Stenzel conditions. If at least one of the factors is nonsingular, then the Stenzel conditions amount to the requirement that every elementary divisor corresponding to a nonzero eigenvalue of C occurs an even number of times. The same properties are valid for the product of two skew-pseudosymmetric matrices. We observe that the method proposed by Van Loan for computing the eigenvalues of real Hamiltonian and skew-Hamiltonian matrices can be extended to complex skew-Hamiltonian matrices. Finally, we show that the computation of the eigenvalues of a product of two skew-symmetric matrices reduces to the computation of the eigenvalues of a similar skew-Hamiltonian matrix. Bibliography: 8 titles.
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