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What is the purpose of tangential base-points?

Let $V$ be an affine complex variety. Let $x \in V$ be a closed point. Then a tangential base-point at $x$ is $x$ together with a regular function $t$ on $V$ that is zero exactly on $x$ (to degree ...
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Expressing Galois actions on fundamental groups explicitly

Let $X$ be some variety over $\mathbb{Q}$, and let $\pi_1(X\times_{\mathbb{Q}}\mathbb{C},x)$ denote its (topological) fundamental group. As is well known $Gal(\mathbb{Q})$ acts on this fundamental ...
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In Riemann Existence, what is the interpretation of the space of complex-geometric points?

I've been thinking recently about moduli spaces defined over $\mathbb{Z}$, and this led me to the following question: Question Riemann existence says that if we have a variety over $\mathbb{C}$, ...
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Grothendieck's Galois theory without finiteness hypotheses

This is motivated by the discussion here. The usual definition of the etale fundamental group (as in SGA 1) gives automatic profiniteness: Grothendieck's formulation of Galois theory states that any ...
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On the inverse Galois problem

Q: What is the "simplest" finite group $G$ for which we don't know how to realise it as a Galois group over $\mathbf{Q}$ ? So here the word simplest might be interpreted in a broad sense. If you ...
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Splitting a polynomial with one root

Suppose we have an irreducible polynomial $f\in K[x]$. Is there some way to sometimes tell whether $f$ splits completely after adjoining just one root of $f$ to $K$? I am mostly interested in the ...
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Extensions obtained adding torsion points of an elliptic curve

When adding to the rational the $p$-torsion points $E[p]$ of an elliptic curve we obtain an extension containing the $p$-th roots of the unity, and whose Galois group can be embedded in $GL(2, ...
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Effective Chebotarev density results for arbitrary number fields

So let $f(x)\in\mathbf{Z}[x]$ be a monic polynomial of degree $d$ and let $K$ be the splitting field of $f$. Let us define the "heigt of $f$" $:=||f||$ to be the maximum of the abolute values of the ...
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On the field of invariants of a finite group

So let $G$ be a finite group and let $\iota:G\rightarrow S_n$ be an embedding of $G$ in a symmetric group of degree $n$ for some fixed integer $n$. Let $K$ be a fixed field of characteristic $0$. The ...
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What is a “best” transcendence basis for R/Q ?

It is easy to show, using the axiom of Zorn, that there exists a transcendence basis for $\mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Q}$, i.e. a set $S$, algebraically independent over $\mathbb{Q}$, such that ...
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nth-powers and degree n polynomials with coefficients in field extensions

Hi, Suppose that $E/F$ is a Galois extension. If $P(X)\in E[X]$ is a (EDIT: monic) polynomial of degree $n > 0$, such that $P(X)^n\in F[X]$, does it follow that $P(X)\in F[X]$? Thanks
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Elementary Luroth theorem proof?

Hi, everyone! I'm trying to explain the proof of Luroth theorem (every field $L$, s.t. $K\subset L\subset K(t)$, is isomorphic to $K(t)$) to the high-school audience. I'm not going to use such ...
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Is the Leopoldt conjecture almost always true?

The famous Leopoldt conjecture asserts that for any number field $F$ and any prime $p$, the $p$-adic regulator of $F$ is nonzero. This is known to be equivalent to the vanishing of ...
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Is the etale fundamental group of Spec(Z)\{p_1,…,p_n} finitely presented?

(of course not, it's usually uncountable; I really mean is it the profinite completion of a finitely presented group). By definition, $\pi_1^{\operatorname{et}}(\operatorname{Spec}(\mathbb ...
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Norms in Galois extensions

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic 0, and $\overline k$ be a fixed algebraic closure of $k$. Let $k\subset F\subset E$ be a tower of finite Galois extensions in $\overline k$, where both ...
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Grothendieck-Teichmuller conjecture

(1) In "Esquisse d'un programme", Grothendieck conjectures Grothendieck-Teichmuller conjecture: the morphism $$ G_{\mathbb{Q}} \longrightarrow Aut(\widehat{T}) $$ is an isomorphism. Here ...
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Where is a good place to start learning about the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group?

I've had a desire to get some sort of handle on the Grothendeick-Teichmuller group for years now, but I've always felt that I could never find a source that was introductory and readable. The obvious ...
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Given a branched cover with branch cycle description $(g_1,…,g_r)$, does $g_i$ generate some decomposition group?

Classically: Let $a_1,...,a_r$ be points in $\mathbb{P}^1_{\mathbb{C}}$, and let $\alpha_1,...,\alpha_r$ be simple loops around the $a_i$, all counterclockwise, and none touching (so ...
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Finite topological generation of Galois groups

Let $F/\mathbf{Q}$ be an extension of finite degree, and let $S$ be a finite set of places of $F$. Let $F_S/F$ be the maximal extension unramified outside $S$; what is the most natural way to see ...
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Is there a Galois correspondence for ring extensions?

Given an ring extension of a (commutative with unit) ring, Is it possible to give a "good" notion of "degree of the extension"?. By "good", I am thinking in a degree which allow us, for instance, to ...
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Finitely generated Galois groups

It is well-known that for a given natural number $n$ there is only finite number of extensions of $\mathbb Q_p$ of degree $n$. This result appears in many introductory books on algebraic number ...
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Centralizers of elements in free profinite groups

I believe, although I can't say that I've given a rigorous proof, that for a free group $F_r$, and an element of it $a$, $C_{F_r}(\langle a \rangle)=$ the group generated by the elements $b \in F_r$ ...
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Using higher-order Bring radicals to solve arbitrary polynomials

It is well known that there is no general formula for the solution of the quintic. Of course, what this really means is that there is no general formula that only involves addition, subtraction, ...
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What is the size of the smallest rigid extension field of the complex numbers?

Suppose we consider a rigid extension field $F$, i.e., $\text{Aut}(F) = 1$ over the complex numbers $\mathbb C$. What is the minimal cardinality of $F$? In particular it should hold that in this case ...
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Decomposing anticyclotomic characters

Suppose $K/\mathbf{Q}$ is an imaginary quadratic field and $\chi$ is a finite-order character of $G_K=\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{K}/K)$ which is anticyclotomic, i.e. $\chi^{\sigma}:=\chi(\sigma g ...
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Behaviour of Primes under Regular Coefficient Extensions

Let $K\hookrightarrow K'$ be a regular extension of fields, and $K[x_{1},\cdots,x_{n}]\hookrightarrow K'[x_{1},\cdots,x_{n}]$ the corresponding ring extension. Does every prime ideal of the first ring ...
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Solvability in differential Galois theory

It is well known that the function $f(x) = e^{-x^2}$ has no elementary anti-derivative. The proof I know goes as follows: Let $F = \mathbb{C}(X)$. Let $F \subseteq E$ be the Picard-Vessiot extension ...
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Polynomial with Galois Group $D_{2n}$

How does one construct a polynomial with Galois Group $D_{2n}$? A general method would be preferable or if that's impractical then an example of it being done for any n would be appreciated. Thanks!
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The Galois group of a random polynomial

Intuitively, the Galois group (of a splitting field over $\mathbb Q$ of) a polynomial $f\in\mathbb Q[X]$ taken at random is most probably the full permutation group on the roots of $f$. This intuition ...
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Branch locus of the Galois closure of a Belyi morphism

A morphism of curves is said to be Galois if the corresponding extension of function fields is Galois. Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a finite morphism of smooth projective connected curves over ...
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Involution on sextic polynomials?

The strangeness of $Aut(S_{6})$ suggests the following question: Let $a_{1}, a_{2}, a_{3}, a_{4}, a_{5}, a_{6}$ be the zeros of a 6th degree polynomial $P$ over a field $F$. Let ...
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Image of spliting of short exact sequence of algebraic fundamental groups

If we have a variety X , over a field k, and x is a geometric point of X, and let $\bar x $be a geometric point of $X_{k^s} := X \times_k k^s $above x then we have the following short exact sequence: ...
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Rank of sum of Galois conjugates of a matrix

Given an invertible square matrix $M$ with entries from some number field $K$ which is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$, sum the Galois conjugates of $M$ to form a new matrix $M' = \Sigma_{\sigma \in ...
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Hurewicz theorem related to Galois group (or Tannakian categories)?

Is there a proof of the Hurewicz theorem $\pi_1(X)^{ab} = H_1(X, \mathbf Z)$ ($X$ a connected topological space) expressing $\pi_1(X)$ as the "Galois" group of $X$, i.e., group of deck transformations ...
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Image of norm map for local field

Let $F$ be a finite extension of $Q_2$ (2-adic field) or $F_2((x))$ (function field). Let $E/F$ be a separable extension of degree $2$. What is the image of the norm map $N_{E/F}$? In particular - ...
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Infinite simple Galois groups

Conjecturally, every finite group is the Galois group of some extension of the rationals. This question made me wonder what is known about infinite simple groups occurring as Galois groups. What ...
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Which polynomials arise as formulas for a conjugate

For any integer $r \geq 2$, et $V_r$ be the set of polynomials $Q \in {\mathbb Q}[X]$ of degree $r-1$ such that there is an algebraic number $\alpha$ of degree $r$ , such that $Q(\alpha)$ is a ...
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Is H^2(W_p,C^times) well-known?

Let $W_p$ be the Weil group of $\mathbf{Q}_p$. What is the Galois cohomology group $H^2(W_p,\mathbf{C}^{\times} )$ (with trivial action)? Is it zero, or something huge and complicated? (This group ...
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What are Galois Categories used for?

Galois categories are introduced (for the first time?) in SGA1, but here's an English introduction that's available online: http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~may/VIGRE/VIGRE2009/REUPapers/Lynn.pdf It ...
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What is an example of a regular realization of $C_5$ over $\mathbb{Q}(x)$?

It's known that all abelian groups are regularly realizable over $\mathbb{Q}(x)$, but it occurred to me that I don't even have an example of a cyclic regular extension of $\mathbb{Q}(x)$ handy. So: ...
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Noether-Deuring for injections and surjections?

Noether-Deuring theorem (not in the strongest form, but in the one I usually need): Let $L\diagup K$ be a field extension. Let $A$ be a $K$-algebra which is finite-dimensional as a vector space over ...
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Decomposition group vs Galois group of completed extension for height > 1 primes

Assume Let $R$ be a Noetherian normal excellent domain, $F$ its field of fractions. Let $S$ be a finite $R$-algebra, $L$ its field of fractions. $L/F$ a (finite) Galois extension $S$ normal in $L$ ...
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How many algebraic integers exist with degree $\leq k$ and bounds on the modulus of all Galois conjugates?

The precise question is the following: Question: Can one reasonably bound the number of algebraic integers $\alpha$ of degree at most $k$ - that means there exists a monic integer polynomial $p$ ...
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Cyclotomic extensions with split Galois group

$\newcommand{\Gal}{\mathrm{Gal}} \newcommand{\Q}{\mathbf Q}$ Consider the set of all Galois extensions $E/\Q(\zeta_n)$ of a given cyclotomic field $\Q(\zeta_n)$ such that $$ \Gal(E/\Q) ...
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What do you call an algebraic element with the property that the generated field extension is normal?

Let $L/K$ be a field extension. Let $\alpha \in L$ be algebraic over $K$. Is there an established terminology for the property of $\alpha$ that $K(\alpha)/K$ is a normal field extension? Would you ...
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Are all solvable groups *regularly* realizable over Q(x)?

It is known for Hilbertian fields that all groups that are abelian, solvable, $A_n$ or $S_n$ are realizable over them. $\mathbb{Q}(x)$ is one such field, but it's not obvious that the extensions that ...
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What (permutation) groups can occur as galois groups of irreducible polynomials of degree n

I think the answers for the first few degrees ($n$) are: $n=2$, $S_2$ $n=3$, $S_3,A_3$ $n=4$, $S_4,A_4,D_4,\mathbb{Z}_4,K_4$ ($K_4$ is the Klein four group) $n=5$, $S_5,A_5,D_5,\mathbb{Z}_5,Fr_5$ ...
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How to solve a quadratic equation in characteristic 2 ?

What do I do if I have to solve the usual quadratic equation $X^2+bX+c=0$ where $b,c$ are in a field of characteristic 2? As pointed in the comments, it can be reduced to $X^2+X+c=0$ with $c\neq 0$. ...
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Is it possible to recover the degree of a field extension from a list of elements and the ground field?

I'm interested to know if there is anything known about recovering the degree of a field extension, $E/k$, given $E=k(\alpha_1,\ldots, \alpha_n)$ (here I'm assuming that the extension is of finite ...
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$A_5$-extension of number fields unramified everywhere

So I was having tea with a colleague immensely more talented than myself and we were discussing his teaching algebraic number theory. He told me that he had given a few examples of abelian and ...