## The Artin-Whaples approximation theoremOctober 6, 2009

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The Artin-Whaples approximation theorem is a nice extension of the Chinese remainder theorem to absolute values, to which it reduces when the absolute values are discrete.

So fix pairwise nonequivalent absolute values ${\left|\cdot\right|_1, \dots, \left|\cdot\right|_n}$ on the field ${K}$; this means that they induce different topologies, so are not powers of each other

Theorem 1 (Artin-Whaples)

Hypotheses as above, given ${a_1, \dots, a_n \in K}$ and ${\epsilon>0}$, there exists ${a \in K}$ with

$\displaystyle \left|a - a_i\right|_i < \epsilon, \quad 1 \leq i \leq n.$

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## Topologies determine the absolute valueOctober 5, 2009

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Time to go back to basic algebraic number theory (which we’ll need for two of my future aims here: class field theory and modular representation theory), and to throw in a few more facts about absolute values and completions—as we’ll see, extensions in the complete case are always unique, so this simplifies dealing with things like ramification. Since ramification isn’t affected by completion, we can often reduce to the complete case.

Absolute Values

Henceforth, all absolute values are nontrivial—we don’t really care about the absolute value that takes the value one everywhere except at zero.

I mentioned a while back that absolute values on fields determine a topology. As it turns out, there is essentially a converse.

Theorem 1 Let ${\left|\cdot\right|_1}$, ${\left|\cdot\right|_2}$ be absolute values on ${K}$ inducing the same topology. Then ${\left|\cdot\right|_2}$ is a power of ${\left|\cdot\right|_1}$  (more…)

## Extensions of discrete valuationsSeptember 5, 2009

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With the school year starting, I can’t keep up with the one-post-a-day frequency anymore. Still, I want to keep plowing ahead towards class field theory.

Today’s main goal is to show that under certain conditions, we can always extend valuations to bigger fields. I’m not aiming for maximum generality here though.

Dedekind Domains and Extensions

One of the reasons Dedekind domains are so important is

Theorem 1 Let ${A}$ be a Dedekind domain with quotient field ${K}$, ${L}$ a finite separable extension of ${K}$, and ${B}$ the integral closure of ${A}$ in ${L}$. Then ${B}$ is Dedekind. (more…)

## Completions of fieldsSeptember 1, 2009

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So again, we’re back to completions, though we’re going to go through it quickly. Except this time we have a field ${F}$ with an absolute value ${\left \lvert . \right \rvert}$ like the rationals with the usual absolute value.

Completions

Definition 1 The completion ${\hat{F}}$ of ${F}$ is defined as the set of equivalence classes of Cauchy sequences:  (more…)

## Discrete valuation rings and absolute valuesAugust 28, 2009

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Actually, it is perhaps more logical to introduce discrete valuations as a special case of absolute values, which in turn generalize the standard absolute value on ${\mathbb{R}}$(more…)