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### Is the infimum of Salem numbers > 1?

BACKGROUND
A Salem number is an algebraic integer $\theta$ such that all the Galois conjugates of $\theta$ are $\leq 1$ in absolute value, and at least one of them lies on the unit circle. Their ...

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### Lower bound on class number of binary quadratic forms of discriminant of the form $n^2+4$

While searching for a use for the "sum invariant" of indefinite binary quadratic forms of discriminant $D = n^2 + 4$ (see https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/journals/JIS/VOL17/Smith/smith5.html), I believe I ...

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### What was the relative importance of FLT vs. higher reciprocity laws in Kummer's invention of algebraic number theory?

This question is inspired in part by this answer of Bill Dubuque, in which he remarks that the fairly common belief that Kummer was motivated by FLT to develop his theory of cyclotomic number fields ...

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### Some general properties of arithmetic groups of simplest type

I'm working in the area of arithmetic Kleinian groups (as discrete groups of motions of hyperbolic 3-space). For the more general case of hyperbolic $n$-space, there is a particular class of ...

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### Class field towers

It is known (Golod and Shafarevich) that the class field tower of a finite extension $K$ of $\mathbb{Q}$ may be infinite. But is it always finite for $K=\mathbb{Q}[\zeta]$ where $\zeta$ is a root of ...

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### Surjectivity of trace map

Let $R$ be a closed integral domain with its fraction field $F$. Let $K$ be a finite separable extension field of $F$, and let $A$ be the integral closure of $R$ in $K$.
It is well known that the ...

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### Interactions between (set theory, model theory) and (algebraic geometry, algebraic number theory ,…)

Set theory and model theory have many applications outside of logic, in particular in algebra, topology, analysis, ...
On the other hand model theory, in particular after Hrushovski, found many ...

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### When complex conjugation lies in the center of a Galois group

Let $K \subseteq \mathbb{C}$ be a number field (I'm fixing an embedding), and assume $K/\mathbb{Q}$ is Galois with Galois group $G$. Let $\tau \in G$ denote complex conjugation. This question ...

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### Algebraic Hecke characters with a given infinite part

I'm needing to find out if there exists an algebraic Hecke character for a number field F, $\phi: \mathbb{A}_F \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$, for a fixed infinite part $\phi_\infty$ and a fixed component ...

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### Constructing Ramanujan graphs from elliptic curves

Is there an exposition which explains how to do this step-by-step? (I see stray references and allusions to such a thing being possible but can't locate anything concretely)
Something to do with ...

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### What are some interesting problems in the intersection of Algebraic Number Theory and Algebraic Topology?

I'm a beginning graduate student and while my background is primarily in algebraic number theory, I've found myself a bit smitten with the subject of algebraic topology recently after only having read ...

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### Algebraic integer with conjugates on the unit circle

Let $\alpha$ be an algebraic integer on the unit circle in $\mathbb{C}$ such that all the conjugates of $\alpha$ lie on the unit circle. Does it follow that $\alpha$ is a root of unity?

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### Some Non-Trivial Algebraic(Rational) Number

Every problem about algebraic-ness (rational-ness) of numbers that I have seen is in one of the below types:
The number is algebraic(rational) and proving that it is algebraic(rational) is trivial, ...

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### A natural way of thinking of the definition of an Artin $L$-function?

Emil Artin knew that given a finite extension of $L/\mathbb{Q}$, the local factor of the zeta function $\zeta_{L/\mathbb{Q}}$ at the prime $p$ should be $\displaystyle\prod_{\mathfrak{p}|p}\frac{1}{1 ...

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### Normal basis in cyclotomic number fields

Let $p$ be an odd prime integer and let $\zeta$ be a primitive $2p$-th root of unity. Does $\alpha=1+\zeta+\zeta^{-1}+\dots+\zeta^{\frac{p-1}{2}}+\zeta^{-\frac{p-1}{2}}$ generates a normal basis of ...

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### Extension of a complete discrete valuation ring

My question came when I was reading the famous Tate's paper on $p$-divisible groups. At the beginning of chapter $(2.4)$ he cites this fact as obvious. If you take a complete discrete valuation ring ...

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### divisible by all standard prime numbers

This question is about prime numbers in nonstandard models of Peano Arithmetic. Every such model looks like N+AxZ, where A is a dense linear order without end points.
There are many nonstandard ...

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### How to test if the power of some algebraic number is the rational combination of two specific algebraic numbers?

Suppose we are given three algebraic numbers $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$ by presenting their minimal polynomial (degree less than $m$), the goal is to compute all positive integers $n$ such that $\alpha^n$ ...

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### Normal basis with cyclotomic units

Let p be an odd prime integer and let $\zeta$ be a primitive p-th root of unity.
Let $\alpha$ be a non-trivial cyclotomic unit of $\mathbb Q(\zeta)$, i.e. an element of the form ...

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### A strange condition on containment of special complex numbers in cyclotomic fields

In a recent theorem we have naturally come across this condition, that seems to be important, but rarely satisfied:
$\sqrt{\frac 1 4 + a^m} \in \mathbb Q(\zeta_m, a)$
where $a\in\mathbb C^*$ and ...

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### UFD and fundamental group

Let $C$ be the curve $x^2+y^2-1$, defined over $\mathbb R$. It is easy to see that $\mathbb R[C]$ is not a UFD, as witnessed by the identity $(1-x)(1+x)=y^2$. On the other hand, the real locus ...

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### What is an infinite prime in algebraic topology?

The links between algebraic topology (stable homotopy theory in particular) and number theory are nowadays abundant and fruitful. In one direction, there is chromatic homotopy theory, exploiting the ...

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### Solving the transcendental equation $Li_{3}(e^{-kx}) + x\, Li_{2}(e^{-kx}) = k\, x^3$

I need to solve the following equation:
$Li_{3}(e^{-kx}) + x\, Li_{2}(e^{-kx}) = k\, x^3$
for $x\in\mathbb{R}^{\ast}$ and where $k\in\mathbb{R}^{+}$. Here $Li_{3}$ and $Li_{2}$ are the third and ...

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### How to compute class number of a torus

Let $T$ be an algebraic torus over a number field $K$.
Following notations in Ono's The Arithmetic of Tori,
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### Density of primes of degree one in Bauer's Theorem (Application of Chebotarev Density)

Let $L$ be a Galois extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ and $M$ a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}$, both of degrees $> 1$. A Theorem of Bauer tells that $Spl_1(M)\subset Spl(L)$ up to a finite number of ...

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### Can elliptic integral singular values generate cubic polynomials with integer coefficients?

For the elliptic integral of first kind, $K(m)=\int_0^{\pi/2}\frac{d\theta}{\sqrt{1-m^2sin^2\theta}} $, it is well-known that $K(m)$ can be expressed in what Chowla and Selberg call "finite terms" ...

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### Degree 17 number fields ramified only at 2

The number $17$ is the smallest odd number that occurs as the degree of a number field $K/\mathbb{Q}$ for which the only finite prime that ramifies is $2$. The non-existence for $n < 17$ follows ...

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### Group laws in class field theory

In the case of a quadratic imaginary number field one can construct its maximal abelian extension using torsion points of an elliptic curve with complex multiplication by this field.
In the case of a ...

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### algorithm to find a new point of small height in a number field extension

By the height of an algebraic number $\alpha$, I mean the absolute, logarithmic (additive) Weil height $h(\alpha)$; e.g. $h(2^{1/n}) = (\log 2)/n.$
If $K$ is a number field, let $\delta(K)$ denote ...

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### Unramified extensions of a given degree

Let $K \neq \mathbb{Q} $ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}$. For a given integer $n$, how to construct an unramified extension of $K$ of degree $n$ ?
EDIT: If not then under what conditions on ...

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### A particular argument in the review on expanders by Hoory-Linial-Wigderson

I am thinking about the third bullet point on page 455 here, http://www.ams.org/journals/bull/2006-43-04/S0273-0979-06-01126-8/
Can someone explain what is the argument there which seems to conclude ...

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### Dihedral extension of 2-adic number field

Sorry if the question is too long and maybe elementary.
I am reading a paper by Hirotada Naito on "Dihedral extensions of degree 8 over the rational p-adic fields". To generate dihedral extension ...

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### Cyclotomic integers with given modulus

The following problem was posted to the NMBRTHRY mailing list about a week ago, without eventually getting a satisfactory solution.
Suppose that $p=(n^2+1)/2$ is a prime, with $n\ge 5$ integer. Does ...

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### Degenerate linear recurrence sequences

Let $(u_n)_{n \geq 0}$ be a linear recurrence given by
$$u_n = a_1 u_{n-1} + \cdots + a_k u_{n-k} \quad \forall n \geq k ,$$
where $u_0, \ldots, u_{k-1}, a_1, \ldots, a_k \in \mathbb{Z}$. We recall ...

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### When does the absolute value of a sum of an integer and an algebraic integer equal an integer?

Let's say Z is a sum of n-th roots of unity and thus an algebraic integer, and D is a rational integer. If |z+D| is an integer, what can we conclude regarding Z? Can we say |Z| is an integer?
Another ...

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### separating parameters in generalized quadratic Gauss sum

The normalized generalized quadratic Gauss sum is defined by
$$
G(a,b,c)=\frac{1}{c}\sum_{n=1}^ce\left(\frac{an^2+bn}{c}\right)
$$
where $e(x)=\exp(2\pi ix)$.
Under what conditions on $c$ can we ...

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### Application of Stickelberger's Theorem to Quadratic field

I am trying to understand a proof of the Kronecker-Weber Theorem by Franz Lemmermeyer,[http://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.5671.pdf] in which he uses Stickelberger's Theorem applied to Kummer extensions. I can ...

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### Averages of $L(s,\chi)$

Let $(\frac{m}{n})$ denote the usual quadratic Jacobi symbol.
What is the
abscissa of convergence
of the double Dirichlet series ?
$$
\sum_{\substack{m,n \in \mathbb{N} \\ \gcd(m,n)=1 \\m,n\equiv 1 ...

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### Eigenvalues of nonnegative integer matrices

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I realized that the key piece of information that I need is question 1, and so I'd like to rephrase this post:
What are the possible eigenvalues of nonnegative integer matrices?
Any answer ...

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### Irreducibility of Faulhaber-like Polynomials over $\mathbb Q[x]$

Motivation: Inspired by the famous Faulhaber polynomials $F_k(N)=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^Nn^k,$ I decided to study their alternating versions, $\Phi_k(M)=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^M(-1)^nn^k$.
For ...

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### Square-free grows as $6n/\pi^2$: $k$-th free?

The asymptotic number of
square-free numbers
$\le n$ is $Q(n) = 6n/\pi^2 + O(\sqrt{n})$.
Because
$\zeta(2)=\pi^2/6$,
$Q(n) \approx n/\zeta(2)$.
OEIS A004709
says that cube-free numbers have ...

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### Irreducibility of cyclotomic polynomial over real quadratic number field

Let $n$ and $d$ be positive integers, with $d\ge 2$ square-free. It is well known that $\Phi_n=\Phi_n(x)$, the $n$-th cyclotomic polynomial, is irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}$. However, as the simple ...

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### What is known about primes of the form x^2-2y^2?

David Cox's book Primes of The Form: $x^2+ny^2$ does a great job proving and motivating a lot of results for $n>0$. I was unable to find anything for negative numbers, let alone the case I am ...

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### Fermat's last theorem over larger fields

Fermat's last theorem implies that the number of solutions of $x^5 + y^5 = 1$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ is finite.
Is the number of solutions of $x^5 + y^5 = 1$ over $\mathbb{Q}^{\text{ab}}$ finite?
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### Spectrum of primitive nonnegative integer matrices

Let $P(X) = a_nX^n + \cdots + a_1X + a_0$ with $a_i \in \mathbb Z$.
Question 1. Is there an efficient criterion on the $a_i$ to decide if there exists a primitive nonnegative integer matrix with ...

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### Formal group law over $\mathbb{F}_p$

Let $p$ be a prime. For each $n > 0$ there is a unique 1-dimensional commutative formal group law $F$ over $\mathbf{Z}$, $F(X, Y) = X + Y + \dots \in \mathbf{Z}[[X, Y]]$, whose logarithm function ...

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### Finite Nontrivial Unramified Towers of Number Fields

Let $F$ be a number field and $L=F^{un}$ its maximal unramified extension. By Class Field Theory, $$Gal(L/F)^{ab}\cong Cl(F).$$ It's well-known that we can have $[L:F]=1$ (e.g. $F=\mathbb{Q}$), and ...

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### What is known about the reverse mathematics of algebraic number fields?

I know work on the reverse mathematics of countable algebraic field extensions including Galois theory, notably including Dorais, Hirst, and Shafer http://arxiv.org/pdf/1209.4944v2.pdf. But algebraic ...

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### Can there be arbitrarily many cubic fields unramified outside $\{p,\infty\}$?

Observe, trivially, that since quadratic fields correspond to rational integers modulo squares (viz. discriminants), there are (roughly about, but certainly at most) $2^{|S|+1}$ quadratic fields ...

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### What are the products $\prod_{A\subset{\mathbb F}_p\colon |A|=n} \sum_{a\in A} \zeta^a$ equal to?

This is a somewhat more explicit version of a question I have recently asked.
Let $p$ be an odd prime, and write $\zeta:=\exp(2\pi i/p)$ (any other primitive $p$th root of unity will do as well). For ...