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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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Something screwy going on in $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{51}]$

In $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{6}]$, I can readily find that $(-1)(2 - \sqrt{6})(2 + \sqrt{6}) = 2$ and $(3 - \sqrt{6})(3 + \sqrt{6}) = 3$. It looks strange but it checks out. But when I try the same thing for ...
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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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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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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 are the integers $n$ such that $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{n}]$ is integrally closed?

I was recently reading about integral ring extensions. One of the first examples given is that $\mathbb{Z}$ is integrally closed in its quotient field $\mathbb{Q}$. Another is that ...
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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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What's a BETTER way to see the Gauss's composition law for binary quadratic forms?

There is a group structure of binary quadratic forms of given discriminant $d$: Let $[f]=[(a,b,c)], [f']=[(a',b',c')],$ where $d=b^2-4 a c=b'^2-4 a' c'.$ The composition of two binary quadratic ...
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Is $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{-3}]$ Euclidean under some other norm?

I know that $\mathbb Z[\sqrt{-3}]$ is not a Euclidean domain under the usual norm $N(x + y\sqrt{-3}) = x^2 + 3y^2$, but that does not necessarily mean that it can't be a Euclidean domain. Is it ...
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Value of cyclotomic polynomial evaluated at 1

Let $\Phi_n(x)$ be the usual cyclotomic polynomial (minimal polynomial over the rationals for a primitive nth root of unity). There are many well-known properties, such as $x^n-1 = ...
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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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Primes of ramification index 1 with inseparable residue field extension

I've been reading through Neukirch's Algebraic Number Theory, and I'm a little puzzled about a possibility with ramification of primes. As usual, let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be a Dedekind domain with field ...
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Quadratic field, $O_K/\mathfrak{p} = \mathbb{F}_p$, $O_K/pO_K$ is a finite field of order $p^2$.

Let $K$ be a quadratic field $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{m})$ where $m$ is a square free integer, and let $p$ be a prime number which does not divide $2m$. Where can I find a reference to a proof of the ...
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likely open number theory problem: finite sum of $\zeta(2)$ equal to a square of rationals

Which $n$ can let $S=1+\frac14+\frac19+\cdots+\frac1{n^2}$ be a square of a rational number? Obviously, $1$ and $3$ work, but how to prove they are the only ones? I think this problem is really hard. ...
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L-function for Dirichlet characters vs Hecke character

For a Dirichlet character $\chi: \left(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}\right)^{\times} \to \mathbb{C}$, the Dirichlet L function is $$\prod_{q \neq p} (1 - \chi(q)q^{-s})^{-1}$$ If we lift this character to ...
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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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Proving that the number of integer solutions of $x^2-Ny^2=1$ is infinite

I am trying to prove that the number of integer solutions of $x^2-Ny^2=1$ is infinite whenever N is a squarefree integer. For this I define norm of $a+b\sqrt N=a^2-Nb^2$. Now I prove that $a+b \sqrt ...
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Sets of Prime Numbers Generated By an Irreducible Monic Polynomial

Given a non-constant integral irreducible monic polynomial $f(x)$, the prime factors of its value at integers $x\in\mathbb{N}$ forms a set $\mathcal{P}(f)$. Is it possible that ...
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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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Diophantine equation $x^2 + 6(y+1)^2 = (y+2)^3$

I'm revising for exams and I've got stuck on an algebraic number theory question. The equation I'm trying to solve is $$ x^2 -2 = y^3, $$ and I was told to rewrite it as $$ x^2 + 6(y+1)^2 = (y+2)^3. ...
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Prime ideals in the ring of algebraic integers

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be the ring of all algebraic integers: elements of $\mathbb{C}$ which occur as zeros of monic polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}$. It is known that $\mathcal{O}$ is a ...
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Show that $\mathcal{O}_K$ is not UFD with $K = \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-13})$

Let $K = \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-13})$. Show that its ring of integers $\mathcal{O}_K$ is not an UFD. $-13 \equiv 3 \bmod{4}$, so $\mathcal{O}_K = \mathbb{Z}\bigl[\sqrt{-13}\bigr]$. We will use the ...
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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 ...
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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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Must an irreducible element in $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{D}]$ have a prime norm?

Let $D\in \mathbb{Z}$ where $D$ is not a perfect square. Prove that if $\alpha\in \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{D}]$, and $\alpha= a+b\sqrt{D}$ with: $|a^2-Db^2| = p$, a rational prime, ...
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Every ideal of an algebraic number field can be principal in a suitable finite extension field

Let $K$ be an algebraic number field. Let $I$ be a non-zero ideal of the ring of integers $\mathcal{O}_K$ in $K$. By class field theory, there exists a finite extension(the Hilbert class field) $L$ of ...
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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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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 ...
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Why does the equation $x^2-82y^2=\pm2$ have solutions in every $\mathbb{Z}_p$ but not in $\mathbb{Z}$?

I have been working on an exercise in H. P. F. Swinnerton-Dyer's book, A Brief Guide to Algebraic Number Theory. The question is like this: Show that $x^2-82y^2=\pm2$ has solutions in every ...
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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 ...
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$\arctan$ of a square root as a rational multiple of $\pi$

I know that if $x$ is a rational multiple of $\pi$, then $\tan(x)$ is algebraic. Is there a fairly simple way to express $x$ as $\pi\frac{m}{n}$, if $\tan(x)$ is given as a square root of a rational? ...
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Finding the norm in the cyclotomic field $\mathbb{Q}(e^{2\pi i / 5})$

I'm doing one of the exercises of Stewart and Tall's book on Algebraic Number Theory. The problem concerns finding an expression for the norm in the cyclotomic field $K = \mathbb{Q}(e^{2\pi i / 5})$. ...
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What is the relationship between non-Archimedean places of infinite extensions of number fields and primes in the ring of integers?

Let $K$ be a number field and $L$ an infinite algebraic extension of $K$. Fix a non-trivial absolute value $v$ on $K$ (so $v$ is induced either by an embedding into the complex numbers or by a prime ...
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How does (21) factor into prime ideals in the ring $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}]$?

The text of the exercise is the following: Show that $\mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{-5}]$ is a Dedekind domain, and that the identities $21 = (4+\sqrt{−5})\cdot(4 − \sqrt{−5})$ and $21 = 3 · 7$ represent two ...
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Relationship between different L-functions

What's the relationship between between Artin $L$-functions and Dirichlet or Hecke $L$-functions if $L/K$ is an abelian extension? I've been told that one can interpret the Artin $L$-functions as ...
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Given a group $G$, does there exist a domain $D$ with $G$ as its ideal class group?

I have only recently encountered algebraic number theory and was wondering if this is the case. If the answer to the question is yes, then can we explicitly construct the domain $D$ ? Since the ...
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Reference book for Artin-Schreier Theory

The aim of the question is very simple, I would like to study Artin-Schreier Theory, but I have had embarassing difficulties in finding a book which could help me in doing that. In specific I'm ...