A Course In Algebraic Number Theory by Ash R.B.

By Ash R.B.

It is a textual content for a uncomplicated direction in algebraic quantity idea.

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8), a UFD. If the Minkowski bound is greater than 2 but less than 3, we must examine ideals whose norm is 2. 9), I divides (2). Thus the prime factorization of (2) will give useful information about the class number. In the exercises, we will look at several explicit examples. 3 1. Calculate the Minkowski bound on ideal norms for an imaginary quadratic field, in √ terms of the field discriminant d. Use the result to show that Q( m) has class number 1 for m = −1, −3, −7. 2. Calculate the Minkowski bound on ideal norms or a real √ quadratic field, in terms of the field discriminant d.

If P (R) is the subset of I(R) consisting of all nonzero principal fractional ideals Rx, x ∈ K, then P (R) is a subgroup of I(R). To see this, note that (Rx)(Ry)−1 = (Rx)(Ry −1 ) = Rxy −1 , which belongs to P (R). The quotient group C(R) = I(R)/P (R) is called the ideal class group of R. Since R is commutative, C(R) is abelian, and we will show later that C(R) is finite. 4. SOME ARITHMETIC IN DEDEKIND DOMAINS 9 Let us verify that C(R) is trivial if and only if R is a PID. If C(R) is trivial, then every integral ideal I of R is a principal fractional ideal Rx, x ∈ K.

4 We will now go through the factorization of an ideal in a number field. In the next chapter, we will begin to develop the necessary background, but some of the manipulations are accessible to us √ √ now. 11), the ring B of algebraic integers of the number field Q( −5) is Z[ −5]. ) If we wish to factor the ideal (2) = 2B of B, the idea is to√factor x2 + 5 mod 2, and the result √ is x2 + 5 ≡ (x + 1)2 mod 2. Identifying x with −5, we form the ideal P2 = (2, 1 + −5), which turns out to be prime. The desired factorization is (2) = P22 .

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