# Tagged Questions

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### Detecting invertible elements in group rings by their images for finite quotients of the group

Let $G$ be a "nice" infinite group: at least finitely presented and residually finite, maybe also linear and right-orderable (or even bi-orderable, or residually free nilpotent).
Consider an element ...

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### A generalization of real characters on a group

Yesterday I understood that I can't live without this construction:
Let $G$ be a group, $A$ an associative algebra over $\mathbb R$ and $n\in{\mathbb N}$. We consider a sequence of maps ...

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### Kaplansky Idempotent conjecture and Extension theory

We consider the Idempotent Kaplansky conjecture with $\mathbb{C}$- coefficients, that is the problem of nontrivial idempotents for group algebra $\mathbb{C}\Gamma$ where $\Gamma$ is a torsion free ...

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### Intersection of Maximal Left Ideals with Finite Dimensional Quotient

Let $\Gamma$ be a finitely generated group and let $A=\mathbb{C}[\Gamma]$ be the corresponding group algebra over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $X$ be the set of all maximal left ideals of $A$ and let $X_0=\{I ...

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### Kaplansky's unit conjecture and unique products

There are three conjectures on group rings that bear the name of Kaplansky (see for example this question). The 'unit conjecture' in the title of the present question is the strongest of them, and ...

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### Modules “projective in a subcategory”

In my research I have come up with the following notion which I would like to learn more about. It may be very naive.
Let $R$ be a ring, $M$ an $R$-module and $S$ a class or $R$-modules closed under ...

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### Does GL_n(Z) have a noetherian group ring?

Has the (left, right, 2-sided) noetherian property of the integral group ring of arithmetic groups like $GL_n(Z)$ been considered in the literature?
Motivation: a recent trend has been to study ...

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### On generating Euler Square of index q, q-1 (where q is any prime power)

Can somebody help me in generating Euler Square of index q, q-1 (where q is any prime power). Also, kidly tell me if there is any code availeble for generating the stated Euler Square. The details of ...

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### Potentially identity elements in an Abelian group

I didn't see this problem before. I motivated by the questions
Is every commutative group structure underlying at least one (unitary, commutative) ring structure
A basic question about rings
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### A question in ring theory

Is there an example of two groups $G_{1}, G_{2}$ such that there are
two non isomorphic ring $R_{1}$ and $R_{2}$ such that the additive group of both rings is isomorphic to $G_{1}$ and their unit ...

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### A basic question about rings

Perhaps this is a trivial question, but I have no idea how to justify it.
Call a pair of groups $(G_1, G_2)$ ring-compatible if $G_1$ is abelian and there exists a ring $R$ with addition and ...

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### Monoids and groups of fractions

Let $G$ be a group containing a monoid $M$ that spans $G$ as a group. Is it possible to have a proper quotient $\varphi \colon G \to Q$ of $G$ such that the restriction of $\varphi$ to $M$ is ...

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### Origin of the Socle of a module

Where does the notation $\mbox{Soc}(M)$ (the sum of all simple submodules of a module $M$) first appear?

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### Rings with group of units cyclic of prime order

For what prime numbers $p$ there exists a ring with identity and exactly $p$ invertible elements ?
REMARK It can be shown that for $p=5$ there is no such ring, so I am wondering for what values of ...

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### Why is $(\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z})^3$ not a class group of an imaginary quadratic number field ?

In general, it seems not known which finite abelian groups are class groups of quadratic number fields.
For imaginary quadratic number fileds, I read that $(\mathbb{Z}/3\mathbb{Z})^3$ is the smallest ...

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### Amenable group rings embeddable in skew fields

I've made this question on math.stackexchange.com (also offering a bounty) but I did not receive any answer:
I'm looking for a reference of the following fact:
given a (countable?) amenable group ...

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### “Inverse problem” for Brauer groups

This question is just a curiosity, but I'm really interested in the answer. It was originally posted on math.stackexchange ...

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### Is there an almost-direct product decomposition for disconnected reductive algebraic groups?

$\textbf{Some definitions:}$
Let $G$ be an algebraic group (for me that is the complex points of an affine algebraic group). We say $G$ is reductive if its unipotent radical (maximal connected normal ...

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### Are there any nontrivial ring homomorphisms $M_{n+1}(R)\rightarrow M_n(R)$?

Let $R$ be a finitely generated ring with identity, $M_n(R)$ the set of $n\times n$ matrices. Are there any nontrivial ring homomorphisms $M_{n+1}(R)\rightarrow M_n(R)$? This should be an elementary ...

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### Minimal prime ideals of a group ring

Let $R$ be a left Noetherian ring (if you prefer you can just think to $R$ as a skew field, I'll be happy with an answer under that hypothesis) and $G$ be a polycyclic-by-finite (or, if you prefer ...

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### Simple groups analogous to fields

I recently realized for the first time (while teaching my undergraduate abstract algebra course) that simple groups and fields share the analogous property that neither has (nontrivial) factor ...

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### Semiring naturally associated to any monoid?

For any monoid $M$, we can naturally construct a semiring $S$ as follows:
Let the additive monoid of $S$ be the free commutative monoid on $M$
Let the multiplicative monoid of $S$ be $M$
Then, if ...

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### A version of the group ring using direct product rather than direct sum?

Let $G$ be an infinite group. It's (integral) group ring $\mathbb{Z}[G]$ has as its elements the finite formal linear combinations
$$
m_1g_1 + m_2g_2 + \cdots + m_ng_n,\qquad n\in\mathbb{N},\quad ...

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### The set of orders of elements in a group

Let $A$ be a subset of natural numbers. Consider the following problem:
Is there a group $G$ such that $\lbrace O(x) \; | \; x \in G \rbrace = A\cup\lbrace 1\rbrace$ ? (where $O(x)$ is the order of ...

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### Why/when classification of simple objects is “simple” ? E.g. (unknown) classification of simple Lie algebras in char =2,3…

Classification of simple finite-dim Lie algebras for char >=5 has been accomplished not so long time ago, and char p=2,3 is open problem.
I wonder what is known/expected for char p=2,3 ?
More vague ...

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### How to distinguish projective involutions?

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic not $2$ and $R$ a continuous von Neumann regular ring with centre $Z=Z(R)$ isomorphic to $K$. For an example one may assume $R$ is a matrix ring of $n\times ...

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### fixed point scheme in caracteristic p

Let X\rightarrow A^{n} a smooth affine scheme over an affine space. Everything is defined over a field k.
Let G a finite group acting on X and suppose that his order is divisible by the caracteristic ...

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### Elementary polynomial-free proofs of fundamental theorem of Galois theory?

I am looking for simple proofs that show the correspondence between intermediate fields in a field extension and subgroups of the Galois group. I'm happy for everything to be subfields of ...

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### Reference request (or otherwise): Adjoint action

I am interested in clearing up a confusion of mine. I will try to make my question as clear as I can but I apologize in advance if this is not the case.
Given a unitary group of some unital ...

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### Why are ring actions much harder to find than group actions?

I admit freely that the following question is a bit of a fishing expedition inspired by this lovely "definition" of a module as found on Wikipedia:
A module is a ring action on an abelian group.
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### Heisenberg-type groups over rings with involution

Hello everyone!
In a paper "Coverings of twisted Chevalley groups over commutative rings" Eiichi Abe intoroduced the following construction:
Let $R$ be a commutative ring and $x\mapsto\overline{x}$ ...

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### “Lie algebra” for a general group ?

Is there analog of Lie algebra for the case of topological groups which are not necessarily differentiable manifolds, and in particular for finite groups? here by "analog" i mean that it should have ...

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### integral equivalence classes of quadratic forms

Let $A$ and $B$ two symmetric matrices definite positive over $\mathbb{R}$. Then we say that $A$ and $B$ are integrally equivalent if there exists $Q\in GL_n(\mathbb{Z})$ such that
$A=Q.B.Q^t$ (1)
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### Why do elementary matrices generate the special linear group over polynomial rings?

Let $R$ be a ring. An elementary matrix over $R$ is a matrix with $1$s along the diagonal and at most one other nonzero entry. Let $\text{EL}_n(R)$ denote the subgroup of $\text{GL}_n(R)$ generated by ...

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### Restrictions of Modules and Dimensions

Let K be a finite field and let R,P be groups (with R a subgroup of P). I know that the irreducible KP-modules have dimensions 1,4 and 16 over K. I have a KP-module M, and I know that M has dimension ...

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### inverse limits of group algebras and profinite groups

For an inverse system {$G_i$} of finite groups, and a fixed field $\mathbb{k}$, one can consider the corresponding group algebras $\mathbb{k}[G_i]$. The latter form an inverse system of ...

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### When is $\mathbb{G}_m(R)$ enough to determine $R$?

Say I have a ring, $R$, with 1 which I consider my universe, and I know its group of units $G=\mathbb{G}_m(R)$. Then given a subgroup, $H\le G$, can I determine if there is there a subring $S_H$ such ...

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### What is the current status of the Kaplansky zero-divisor conjecture for group rings?

Let $K$ be a field and $G$ a group. The so called zero-divisor conjecture for group rings asserts that the group ring $K[G]$ is a domain if and only if $G$ is a torsion-free group.
A couple of good ...

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### Can any group be realized as the multiplicative group of a ring? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate:
Ring with Z as its group of units?
Given a group $G$, does there always exist a ring $R$ such that $R^\times \cong G$? I feel like this isn't true but that's just a hunch. ...

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### Can we make a useful ring on an Elliptic curve? [closed]

I know that given an elliptic curve $E$ we can define an addition $+$ over the set of points on the curve to make in an abelian group. However
Can we define multiplication on $E$ in a natural way so ...

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### Hall's treatment of algebraic operations

Marshall Hall, in his famous book Theory of Groups, does not always require a binary operation be "well-defined", i.e. an operation is a relation instead of a function (there might be more than one ...

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### Ring with Z as its group of units?

Is there a ring with $\mathbb{Z}$ as its group of units?
More generally, does anyone know of a sufficient condition for a group to be the group of units for some ring?

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### Automorphisms of a matrix in Smith normal form?

Added: Amritanshu Prasad's answer makes it clear that I am really asking for a description of the group of integer unimodular matrices $P$ such that $D^{-1}PD$ is also integer. These matrices are ...

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### Group ring and left zero divisor II

Let $K$ be a finite field and $G$ be a discrete group.
Is it true that for every $a=e+a_1+\ldots+a_n,b=e+b_1+\ldots+b_m\in K[G]$ with $b_i\neq e,a_j\neq e$ the condition $ab=0$ implies $ba=0$?
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### Zero divisor conjecture for finite fields

I believe that the most attractive "zero-divisor" conjecture is the existence of non-trivial zero-divisors in a group ring $\mathbb{C}[G]$ for a torsion free group $G$. For the sake of knowledge let ...

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### What do Multilinear Forms tell us about Representations?

The last few days I have been calculating whether certain group representations are real, complex, or quaternionic. It is well-known that the type of the representation corresponds to what type of ...

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### Does $\mathbb{K}[G]\simeq\mathbb{K}[H]$ for some field $\mathbb{K}$ of characteristic $p$, imply $\mathbb{F}_p[G]\simeq\mathbb{F}_p[H]$?

Due to the first (and very helpful) answer I received, I've reformulated the question a little: $G$ and $H$ are now assumed to be $p$-groups.
Let $\{p}$ be a prime, and let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be the ...

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### Strong group ring isomorphisms

Background/Motivation
Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unit. If $G$ is a finite (or in general, discrete) group, let $R[G]$ be the group $R$-algebra associated to $G$. The isomorphism problem for ...

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### For which rings R is SL_n(R) generated by transvections?

Let $R$ be a commutative ring $R$ with $1$, and $n \geq 2$ an integer.
Under which conditions is the group $SL_n(R)$ generated by transvections?
(A transvection is a matrix with $1$ everywhere ...

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### Group ring and left zero divisor.

Let $K$ be a finite field and $G$ be a discrete group.
Is it true that for every $a,b\in K[G]$ the condition $ab=0$ implies $ba=0$?
It does not seem to be related to zero divisor problem, any ...