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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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On the ring of integers of a compositum of number fields

This is Daniel A. Marcus, Number Fields, Exercise 2.29 If anyone can help with this problem, I'd greatly appreciate it. Let $K$ be the biquadratic field $\mathbb Q[\sqrt{m}, \sqrt{n}] = \{a + b\sqrt{...
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What do ideles and adeles look like?

I see the ideals of an algebraic number field as lattices and prime ideals are the ones which you can't refine. How can we form a picture of ideles and adeles?
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What does the ideal norm of matrix elements really mean?

Say we have a number field $K$ (specifically, an imaginary quadratic field) and a $2\times2$ matrix $\sigma=\pmatrix{a&c\\b&d}$ with elements $a,b,c,d\in\mathcal O_k$, the ring of integers of $...
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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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Finite abelian groups as class groups

Is it known whether every finite abelian group is isomorphic to the ideal class group of the ring of integers in some number field? If so, is it still true if we consider only imaginary quadratic ...
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What is the intuition behind Gauss sums?

Let $ \chi $ be a character on the field $ F_p $, and fix some $a \in F_p $. We define a Gauss sum to be: $g_a (\chi) = \sum_{t\in F_p}\chi(t)\zeta^{at}$ where $\zeta$ is a primitive $p^{th}$ root of ...
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Primes of form $a^2 + 24b^2$

For a prime number $p \neq 2$, $3$, is it necessarily the case the prime number can be written in the form $a^2 + 24b^2$ if and only if $p \equiv 1 \text{ mod }24$? I think this has to be true based ...
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Understanding proof by infinite descent, Fermat's Last Theorem.

See here. The question is as follows. How do we see that there do not exist nonconstant, relatively prime, polynomials $a(t)$, $b(t)$, and $c(t) \in \mathbb{C}[t]$ such that$$a(t)^3 + b(t)^3 = c(t)...
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Explicit automorphisms of the field of algebraic numbers

The field $\overline {\bf {Q}} $ of algebraic numbers admits many automorphisms other than conjugation. This follows from Galois theory: the field $\overline {\bf {Q}}$ can be realized as the union ...
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what is a “dévissage” argument?

In Serre's "Local Fields" (Chapter 2, section 2, proposition 3) he proves something about field extensions which he breaks into parts: first he dealt with the separable case, and then with the ...
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Formula for number of solutions to $x^4+y^4=1$, from Ireland and Rosen #8.18.

There is a sequence of three exercise in Ireland and Rosen's Introduction to Modern Number Theory, Chapter 8, page 106. I can do the first two, but can't finish the third. I can include the proofs to ...
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Decomposition of an algebraic number into a sum or product of algebraic numbers with smaller degree

An algebraic number can be identified by its minimal polynomial together with isolating intervals with rational bounds for its real and imaginary parts. The degree of an algebraic number is the degree ...
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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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What is Riemann-Roch in arithmetic all about?

I learn number theory recently and I could not understand what Riemann-Roch was all about in arithmetic; could someone give me a bit hint? What is the advantage of viewing all this stuff geometrically ...
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Smallest Subset of $\mathbb{R}_{>0}$ Closed under Typical Operations

Let $S$ denote the smallest subset of $\mathbb{R}_{>0}$ which includes $1$, and is closed under addition, multiplication, reciprocation, and the function $x,y \in \mathbb{R}_{>0} \mapsto x^y.$ ...
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Is 'Algebraic Number Theory' the study of the theory of algebraic numbers, or is it the study of the theory of numbers from an algebraic viewpoint?

Asked differently: Is Algebraic Number Theory the study of the theory of algebraic numbers? Or is it Number Theory from an algebraic viewpoint? Or is it both? I know I can just find a wiki article ...
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An 'obvious' property of algebraic integers?

I am looking at the book A Brief Guide to Algebraic Number Theory by H. P. F. Swinnerton-Dyer. I like the section on page 1 'the ring of integers' as it gives a motivation for choosing which elements ...
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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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Why is $\tau(n) \equiv \sigma_{11}(n) \pmod{691}$?

If $n$ is a natural number, let $\displaystyle \sigma_{11}(n) = \sum_{d \mid n} d^{11}$. The modular form $\Delta$ is defined by $\displaystyle \Delta(q) = q \prod_{n=1}^{\infty}(1 - q^n)^{24}$. ...
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Given $d \equiv 5 \pmod {10}$, prove $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})}$ never has unique factorization

With the exception of $d = 5$, which gives $\mathbb{Z}[\phi]$, of course (as was explained to me in another question). I'm not concerned about $d$ negative here, though that might provide a clue I ...
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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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Modular interpretation of modular curves

Let $\Gamma$ be a congruence subgroup of level $N$. What is the modular interpretation of $\Gamma\backslash \mathcal{H}^*$, by that I mean what are the elliptic curves + additional structure it ...
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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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Enlightening proof that the algebraic numbers form a field

The proof I'm familiar with that the algebraic numbers $\mathbb A$ form a field uses the fact that the resultant of two polynomials $p,q\in\mathbb Q[x]$ satisfies the following properties: It is $0$ ...
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What does the discriminant of an algebraic number field mean intuitively?

If $E/F$ is a finite extension of fields and $\alpha_1,\ldots, \alpha_n$ is a basis of $E/F$, the discriminant of $\{\alpha_1,\ldots, \alpha_n\}$ is $$\det(\operatorname{Tr}_{E/F}(\alpha_i\alpha_j))$$ ...
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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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Different formulations of Class Field Theory

I was reading up on class field theory, and I have a question. On wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artin_reciprocity), one formulation is that there's some modulus for which $I^c_K/i(K_{c,1})Nm_{L/K}...
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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 the ...
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Proof that $26$ is the one and only number between square and cube

$x^2 + 1 = z = y^3 - 1$ Why $z = 26 $ and only $26$ ? Is there an elementary proof of that ?
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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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Conceptual reason why a quadratic field has $-1$ as a norm if and only if it is a subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$ extension?

I have convinced myself in a computation-heavy, ad-hoc way that a quadratic extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ occurs as the unique quadratic subfield of a $\mathbb{Z}/4$-extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ if and ...
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Consequences of the Langlands program

I have been reading the book Fearless Symmetry by Ash and Gross.It talks about Langlands program, which it says is the conjecture that there is a correspondence between any Galois representation ...
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Find a composite number $n$ satisfies $(2+3I)^n≡2-3I\pmod{n}$

As we know if $p$ is an odd prime number then $$(a+bI)^p\equiv a+(-1)^\frac{p-1}2bI\pmod{p},$$ where $I=\sqrt{-1}$. However, is there any composite number $n$ that satisfies $$(2+3I)^n≡2-3I\pmod{n}\...
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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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2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the (...
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$CL(O_S) \cong \mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z}$.

Let $F = \mathbb{Q}(T)$ and let $X$ be the set of all places of $F$, and let $S = \{w\} \subset X$ where $w$ is the place of $F$ corresponding to the maximal ideal $(T^3 - 2)$ of $\mathbb{Q}[T]$. Let $...
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What is the correct analogue of $\mathbb N$ in a ring of integers?

Question: Let $K$ be a number field. The proper intuitive motivation for the ring of integers $\mathcal O_K$ is that $\mathbb Z$ is to $\mathbb Q$ as $\mathcal O_K$ is to $K$. But what plays the role ...
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$y^2 = x^3 - 26$, exist ideal satisfying conditions?

For the solution $(x, y) = (3, 1)$ of $y^2 = x^3 - 26$, does there necessarily exist an ideal $I$ of the integer ring $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-26}]$ of $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-26})$ such that $(y + \sqrt{-...
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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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Sum of Reciprocals of Primes in Imaginary Quadratic Field Diverges (2014 Miklós Schweitzer)

Problem 5 of the 2014 Miklós Schweitzer states: Let $\alpha$ be a non-real algebraic integer of degree two, and let $P$ be the set of irreducible elements of the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\alpha]$. Prove that $...
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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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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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Is $\sum\frac1{p^{1+ 1/p}}$ divergent?

Is $\displaystyle\sum\frac1{p^{1+ 1/p}}$ divergent? How can we prove that it is divergent or convergent in analytic number theory? I know what bound of the n-th prime number is, and that its order is $...
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The units of $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{2}]$

How can I show that the units $u$ of $R=\mathbb Z[\sqrt{2}]$ with $u>1$ are $(1+ \sqrt{2})^{n}$ ? I have proved that the right ones are units because their module is one, and it is said to me to ...
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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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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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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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How does one graduate from Hecke Operators to Hecke Correspondences?

I've read (skimmed heartily) basic books on the topic of modular forms. (The last being Silverman's Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves.) I strive for an understanding which is as ...
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$p = x^2 + xy + y^2$ if and only if $p \equiv 1 \text{ mod }3$?

For a prime number $p \neq 3$, do we have that$$p = x^2 + xy + y^2$$for some $x$, $y \in \mathbb{Z}$ if and only if$$p \equiv 1 \text{ mod }3?$$I suspect this is true from looking at the example$$7 = ...