# Tagged Questions

Questions related to the algebraic structure of algebraic integers

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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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### 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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### $CL(O_S) \cong \mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z}$.

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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### 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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### How to check whether an ideal is a prime (or maximal) ideal?

I have a ring $R$ which is known to be a Dedekind domain, but not necessarily a Euclidian domain, and a nonzero ideal generated by one or two elements in this ring. How can I check if this ideal is a ...
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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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### 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 a maximal abelian extension of a number field and what does its Galois group look like?

How does one know that a number field $K$ has a maximal abelian extension (unique up to isomorphism) $K^{\text{ab}}$? I've read proofs involving Zorn's lemma that it has an algebraic closure (And ...
### 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 ...
### Why $p$-adically interpolate?
I'm studying $p$-adic analysis now and particularly $p$-adic interpolation; for example, constructions like $p$-adic $L$-functions (Kubota-Leopoldt style). I'm having some difficulty though, and I'd ...