I have number fields $\mathbb{Q}\subset K\subset H$ where $K\subset H$ is Galois. I want to show that is is impossible for a rational prime $p\in\mathbb{Z}$ to remain first inert in $K$ but then for $p\mathcal{O}_K$ to split in $H$.

My lecturer advised me to use:

  1. The theorem that in an extension of number fields $K\subset L=K(\alpha)$, $f=\text{min}(\alpha,K)\in K[X]$: the set of primes over a fixed prime $P$ in $K$ bijects with the set of irreducible factors of $f$ as an element of $K_P[X]$. (Possibly a more detailed version of this.)

together with

  1. Hensel's Lemma.

However I haven't been able to make progress with this at all. Any help greatly appreciated. I think this is very related: Ramification in a tower of extensions, since the result the accepted answer quotes is used in the proof of 1.

  • $\begingroup$ I'm not sure this is true as stated. For example, $7$ is inert in $K=\mathbb Q(i)$, but $7\mathbb Z[i]$ splits in $K(\sqrt {-6})$ since $7=(1+\sqrt{-6})(1-\sqrt{-6})$. Have I misunderstood something? $\endgroup$ – Mathmo123 May 24 '16 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ You will need the assumption that K/{\mathbb Q}$ be cyclic, not just Galois. $\endgroup$ – franz lemmermeyer May 26 '16 at 7:41

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.