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What's so cool about local compactness?

As I study more algebraic number theory, I hear more and more often about local compactness: locally compact fields, locally compact topological groups, Stone-Čech compactification of locally compact ...
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What are some strong algebraic number theory PhD programs?

I am currently applying for PhD programs in the US. My main interests are number theory and algebra. More specifically, I am interested in algebraic number theory (number fields, Galois groups, ...
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Homogeneous forms of degree $n$ in $n$ indeterminates over $\mathbb{Z}$: which ones come from the norm of a number field?

Is there a characterization of the homogeneous forms of degree $n$ in $n$ indeterminates over $\mathbb{Z}$ which occur as the norm of some algebraic number ring with a suitable $\mathbb{Z}$-basis? ...
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How does a Class group measure the failure of Unique factorization?

I have been stuck with a severe problem from last few days. I have developed some intuition for my-self in understanding the class group, but I lost the track of it in my brain. So I am now facing a ...
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Beginner's text for Algebraic Number Theory

What's good book for learning Algebraic Number Theory with minimum prerequisites? Assume that the reader has done an basic abstract algebra course.
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How are the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group supposed to be cognates?

How can one consider the Tate-Shafarevich group and class group of a field to be analogues? I have heard many authors and even many expository papers saying so, class group as far as I know is ...
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Are there Groups of Strictly Primes

Motivation Since Euclid's proof of the infinitude of the primes, the structure and properties of primes has always fascinated mathematicians. This lead to great work in their properties and ...
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Galois Properties of the Values of Modular Forms

Let $f \in S_0(N)$ be a normalized Hecke eigenform. It is well known that its coefficients are algebraic integers, and $f^\sigma$ lies in $S_0(N)$ for $\sigma \in G_{\mathbb{Q}}$. At CM points $z \in ...
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Introduction to the trace formula for people outside number theory

I am looking for references on the trace formula, by which I mean the Selberg trace formula and its successor the Arthur-Selberg trace formula. I am aware that there are "standard references" on the ...
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A weak converse of $AB=BA\implies e^Ae^B=e^Be^A$ from “Topics in Matrix Analysis” for matrices of algebraic numbers.

It is a well known fact that if $A,B\in M_{n\times n}(\mathbb C)$ and $AB=BA$, then $e^Ae^B=e^Be^A.$ The converse does not hold. Horn and Johnson give the following example in their Topics in Matrix ...
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When is a number in $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{a_1},\ldots,\sqrt{a_n})$?

Given an algebraic number $\alpha$ with minimal polynomial $P(x)$ of degree $2^n$, how can I decide if there are integers $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ such that ...
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primes represented integrally by a homogeneous cubic form

Expired by this question Show determinant of matrix is non-zero I am moved to ask: Given integers $a,b,c,$ and cubic form $$ f(a,b,c) = a^3+2 b^3-6 a b c+4 c^3 = \left|\begin{bmatrix} a & 2c ...
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Are there applications of noncommutative geometry to number theory?

The marriage of algebraic geometry and number theory was celebrated in the twentieth century by the school of Grothendieck. As a consequence, number theory has been completely transformed. On the ...
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Can a Mersenne number ever be a Carmichael number?

Can a Mersenne number ever be a Carmichael number? More specifically, can a composite number $m$ of the form $2^n-1$ ever pass the test: $a^{m-1} \equiv 1 \mod m$ for all intergers $a >1$ ...
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How to tell if a Fibonacci number has an even or odd index

Given only $F_n$, that is the $n$th term of the Fibonacci sequence, how can you tell if $n \equiv 1 \mod 2$ or $n \equiv 0 \mod 2$? I know you can use the Pisano period, however if $n \equiv 1$ or ...
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What is the quotient $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{3}]/(1+2\sqrt{3})$?

I am currently doing a past paper and it asks the following: Prove that for $I=(1+2\sqrt{3})$ we have $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{3}]/I$ a field with $11$ elements. If I assume standard algebraic number ...
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What are the units of cyclotomic integers?

This question made me realize I had a misconception about the cyclotomic integers: I thought the units were exactly the roots of unity. There are only finitely many units but infinitely many integers ...
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If $u=\frac{1+\sqrt5}{2}$, then $u^3=2+\sqrt5$, but $u^2=\frac{3+\sqrt5}{2}$. What is the group that measures the power that makes units look nice?

For $A=\mathbb{Z}[x]/(f)$ with quotient field $K$ and ring of integers $B$, does $U(B)/U(A)$ have a name? For instance $u = \tfrac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ is a unit in $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{5}]$, but neither ...
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How many elements in a number field of a given norm?

Let $K$ be a number field, with ring of integers $\mathcal{O}_k$. For $x\in \mathcal{O}_K$, let $f(x) = |N_{K/\mathbb{Q}}(x)|$, the (usual) absolute value of the norm of $x$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. ...
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Factoring a number of complex integers?

Say you are given a number (ex: $377$) and you express it in a form that allows you to factor it over the complex integers: Notice, $377 = 16^2 + 11^2$ Thus: $(16 + 11i) $ and $(16 - 11i)$ Are ...
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Ring of integers is a PID but not a Euclidean domain

I have noticed that to prove fields like $\mathbb{Q}(i)$ and $\mathbb{Q}(e^{\frac{2\pi i}{3}})$ have class number one, we show they are Euclidean domains by tessalating the complex plane with the ...
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Relationship between Cyclotomic and Quadratic fields

Since $\varphi(p)=p-1$ is even the p'th cyclotomic field contains some quadratic field. Hecke says that in fact every quadratic field is contained by some cyclotomic field. What is this theorem ...
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What is so special about negative numbers $m$, $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{m}]$?

This question is based on a homework exercise: "Let $m$ be a negative, square-free integer with at least two prime factors. Show that $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{m}]$ is not a PID." In an aside comment in the ...
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Suppose $a \in \mathbb{R}$, and $\exists n \in \mathbb{N}$, that $a^n \in \mathbb{Q}$, and $(a + 1)^n \in \mathbb{Q}$

1) Suppose $a \in \mathbb{R}$, and $\exists n \in \mathbb{N}$, that $a^n \in \mathbb{Q}$, and $(a + 1)^n \in \mathbb{Q}$. Prove: Is it true that $a \in \mathbb{Q}$? 2) Suppose $a \in \mathbb{C}$, ...
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What does the German word “Zerlegungsautomorphismus” translate to?

I would like to know if any of our German friends can translate that word for me? Zerlegung is factorisation isn't it? So what is factorisation automorphism? This is taken from Deuring's paper “Die ...
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Ideal class group of a one-dimensional Noetherian domain

Let $A$ be a one-dimensional Noetherian domain. Let $K$ be its field of fractions. Let $B$ be the integral closure of $A$ in $K$. Suppose $B$ is finitely generated $A$-module. It is well-known that B ...
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Tate's Thesis: in what sense is Tate's Theorem 4.2.1 the Riemann-Roch theorem for curves?

I am reading Tate's Thesis. Tate derives a theorem which he calls "the number-theoretic analogue of the Riemann-Roch theorem" from an abstract Poisson summation formula. I am accustomed to thinking of ...
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Does $\mathbb{F}_p((X))$ has only finitely many extension of a given degree?

We know that $\mathbb{Q}_p$ has only finitely many extensions of a given degree in its algebraic closure. Is it the same for $\mathbb{F}_p((X))$?
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What does Tate mean when he wrote “Higher dimensional class field theory” in the new preface to the Artin-Tate book and another question?

This is probably well-known to the experts or many number theory students, but since I am just starting to learn class field theory (with some basic knowledge of algebraic numbers, e.g. the 3 basic ...
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Classifying splittings of primes?

I was wondering what general strategies are available to figure out if a prime splits? I know for quadratic extensions there aren't too many possibilities for how a prime can split, so we essentially ...
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Elementary proof that $\mathfrak{p}$ unramified in $L,L'$ implies unramified in $LL'$?

Let $K$ be a number field, let $\mathfrak{p}$ be a prime of $K$, and let $L,L'$ be extensions of $K$. Suppose $\mathfrak{p}$ doesn't ramify in either $L$ or $L'$. Is there a simple proof that ...
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Eisenstein and Quadratic Reciprocity as a consequence of Artin Reciprocity, and Composition of Reciprocity Laws

Question 1: I've heard that Eisenstein and Quadratic Reciprocity can be derived from the Artin Reciprocity by applying it to certain field extensions. But I haven't seen on any reference an explicit ...
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How to determine all valuations of the field $\mathbb{Q(\sqrt[n]{2})}$?

This is an exercise from the book Algebraic Number Theory by Jurgen Neukirch, on page 166. And, after solving several previous exercises, I found this to be particularly difficult to solve. I am ...
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Is the number of irreducibles in any number field infinite?

Are there infinitely many irreducibles in the ring of integers of any algebraic number field ? I tried to follow the same argument as we usually do for integers. Suppose there are finitely many ...
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Galois representations and normal bases

I am not very familiar with the theory of Galois representations, but I do know a bit about both Galois theory and representation theory. Recently I learned about the notion of a normal basis for a ...
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Cubic polynomials that generate the same extension?

For quadratic extensions we can easily determine when $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{a})=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{b})$ by checking if $a/b$ is a square and this is easy to prove. I was wondering if there are any good ...
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Connection between ramification in number fields and Clifford theory

Consider algebraic number fields $\mathbb{Q} \subseteq K \subseteq L$ with rings of integers $\mathbb{Z}\subseteq \mathcal{O}_K \subseteq \mathcal{O}_L$. If $0 \neq \mathfrak{p} \trianglelefteq ...
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What are the branches of the $p$-adic zeta function?

I'm reading the book $p$-adic Numbers, $p$-adic Analysis, and Zeta-Functions by Neal Koblitz. In it, Koblitz wants to iterpolate the Riemann Zeta function for the values $\zeta_p(1-k)$ with $k \in ...
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CFT via Brauer groups vs via ideles

I am interested in the relationship between the following two versions of CFT: Version 1: (Brauer Group Version) Let $K$ be a number field. One constructs, for every finite place $v$ of $K$, a map ...
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extension of Euler's totient function to number fields

It is well known that the Euler totient function $\varphi$ satisfies the formula $n = \sum_{d | n}\varphi(d)$. This follows for example from the fact that $\mathbb Z / n \mathbb Z$ can be written (as ...
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Motivation behind the definition of ideal class group

Let $O$ be a Dedekind domain and $K$ its field of fractions. The set of all fractional ideals of $K$ form a group, the ideal group $J_K$ of K. The fractional principal ideals $(a) = aO, a \in K^*$, ...
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Are numbers of the form $n^2+n+17$ always prime

Someone claimed that a number, multiplied by the number after it plus 17 is always prime, and showed several cases. I'm not a complete amateur in Number Theory, and I know that $17*18+17=17*19$, so it ...
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Why is $(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})^{2008}$ so close to an integer?

Using 5000-digit precision in PARI/GP, I discovered that the fractional part of $(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})^{2008}$ is extremely small, less than $10^{-999}$. Is there a simple explanation for this fact ? ...
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Groups of units of $\mathbb{Z}\left[\frac{1+\sqrt{-3}}{2}\right]$

On page 230 of Dummit and Foote's Abstract Algebra, they say: the units of $\mathbb{Z}\left[\frac{1+\sqrt{-3}}{2}\right]$ are determined by the integers $a,b$ with $a^2+ab+b^2=\pm1$ i.e. with ...
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(Simple?) applications of Class Field Theory?

Does anyone know any simple/nice applications of class field theory? I would really like to find one related to diophantine equations, but anything you got would be good. Thanks
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In what senses are archimedean places infinite?

According to Bjorn Poonen's notes here (§2.6), we should add the archimedean places of a number field $K$ to $\operatorname{Spec} \mathscr{O}_K$ in order to get a good analogy with smooth projective ...
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Euler's remarkable prime-producing polynomial and quadratic UFDs

Good example of a polynomial which produces a finite number of primes is: $$x^{2}+x+41$$ which produces primes for every integer $ 0 \leq x \leq 39$. In a paper H. Stark proves the following result: ...
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Ramification in a tower of extensions

I'm trying to make sense of all these theorems related to ramification. I was hoping someone would summarize these results. Assume we have: An extension $L/K$ and a some subextensions ...
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Are rational numbers + numbers constructed with a root = algebraic numbers?

I'm a math newbie, so an intuitive explanation is the most helpful for me, but don't pull your punches with the formulas, if you feel like it. We can construct the rational numbers using the division ...
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Primes dividing the values of integer polynomials

Problem: Let $n$ be an integer and $p$ a prime dividing $5(n^2-n+\frac{3}{2})^2-\frac{1}{4}$. Prove that $p \equiv 1 \pmod{10}$. The polynomial can be re-written as ...