Numerical Eigenvalues for a 11x11 matrix

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg57071] Numerical Eigenvalues for a 11x11 matrix*From*: Fabian Bodoky <fabian.bodoky at stud.unibas.ch>*Date*: Sat, 14 May 2005 04:58:09 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Hi all, as I am new to the MathGroup, I encountered some technical problems in posting my question, especially in posting the notebook with my problem. I was notified, that my first attempt to put it on mathematica-users.org did not work, but now the link should be up and working, so I am looking forward to helpful solutions! Here the link: http://www.mathematica-users.org/mediawiki/images/c/cb/fabMatrix.nb For the problem description see my earlier message included at the end and the comments in the notebook itself. Thank you very much! Regards, Fabian ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- Subject: [mg57071] Numerical Eigenvalues for a 11x11 matrix From: Fabian Bodoky <fabian.bodoky at stud.unibas.ch> To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Hi everyone, I am using MAthematica to perform some physical simulations, i. e. solving master equations for the smallest eigenvalue, and I encounter a problem. I have a 11x11 matrix and should find numerically it's smallest eigenvalue and plot it as a function of x. The entries of the matrix are sums of Fermi functions [f(x) = 1 / (1-exp(x))]. Now there occurs always an overflow error ("General::ovfl: Overflow occurred in computation"). I can bypass this error by not using the normal plot function, but rather ListPlot and calculate the the matrix and its eigenvalue using a higher precision. The precision I have to use varies between 500 and 1000, or even more for some settings, which slows down my calculations very badly. Since an 11x11 matrix is not so huge and there are quite good procedures for numerically finding roots, I am somewhat puzzled by this behaviour of my calculations, and it seems to me (after discussion with some other physicis even more) that there should be some way to do such calculations without using such enormous precision. I am very thankful for any suggestions and help! Regards and cheers, Fabian -------------------------------------------------------