# Volume 184. Alternative Loop Rings

## 1st Edition

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Editors:

- Print ISBN 9780444824387
- Electronic ISBN 9780080527062

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Editors:

- Print ISBN 9780444824387
- Electronic ISBN 9780080527062

For the past ten years, alternative loop rings have intrigued mathematicians from a wide cross-section of modern algebra. As a consequence, the theory of alternative loop rings has grown tremendously.

One of the main developments is the complete characterization of loops which have an alternative but not associative, loop ring. Furthermore, there is a very close relationship between the algebraic structures of loop rings and of group rings over 2-groups.

Another major topic of research is the study of the unit loop of the integral loop ring. Here the interaction between loop rings and group rings is of immense interest.

This is the first survey of the theory of alternative loop rings and related issues. Due to the strong interaction between loop rings and certain group rings, many results on group rings have been included, some of which are published for the first time. The authors often provide a new viewpoint and novel, elementary proofs in cases where results are already known.

The authors assume only that the reader is familiar with basic ring-theoretic and group-theoretic concepts. They present a work which is very much self-contained. It is thus a valuable reference to the student as well as the research mathematician. An extensive bibliography of references which are either directly relevant to the text or which offer supplementary material of interest, are also included.

Contents. Preface. Introduction. I. Alternative Rings. Fundamentals. The real quaternions and the
Cayley numbers. Generalized quaternion and Cayley-Dickson algebras. Composition algebras. Tensor
products. II. An Introduction to Loop Theory and to Moufang Loops. What is a loop? Inverse
property loops. Moufang loops. Hamiltonian loops. Examples of Moufang loops. III. Nonassociative
Loop Rings. Loop rings. Alternative loop rings. The LC property. The nucleus and centre. The norm
and trace. IV. RA Loops. Basic properties of RA loops. RA loops have LC. A description of an RA
loop. V. The Classification of Finite RA loops. Reduction to indecomposables. Finite indecomposable
groups. Finite indecomposable RA loops. Finite RA loops of small order. VI. The Jacobson and
Prime Radicals. Augmentation ideals. Radicals of abelian group rings. Radicals of loop rings. The
structure of a semisimple alternative algebra. VII. Loop Algebras of Finite Indecomposable RA
Loops. Primitive idempotents of commutative rational group algebras. Rational loop algebras of finite
RA loops. VIII. Units in Integral Loop Rings. Trivial torsion units. Bicyclic and Bass cyclic units.
Trivial units. Trivial central units. Free subgroups. IX. Isomorphisms of Integral Alternative Loop
Rings. The isomorphism theorem. Inner automorphisms of alternative algebras. Automorphisms of
alternative loop algebras. Some conjectures of H.J. Zassenhaus. X. Isomorphisms of Commutative
Group Algebras. Some results on tensor products of fields. Semisimple abelian group algebras.
Modular group algebras of abelian groups. The equivalence problem. XI. Isomorphisms of Loop
Algebras of Finite RA Loops. Semisimple loop algebras. Rational loop algebras. The equivalence
problem. XII. Loops of Units. Reduction to torsion loops. Group ide

- No. of pages:
- 386

- Language:
- English

- Copyright:
- © 1996

- Published:
- 24th October 1996

- Imprint:
- North Holland

- Print ISBN:
- 9780444824387

- Electronic ISBN:
- 9780080527062

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto de Mathemática e Estatística, Sao Paulo, Brazil