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Class numbers of central simple algebras over global function fields

By Fu-Tsun Wei and Chia-Fu Yu


Let $K$ be a global function field together with a place $\infty$, and $A$ the subring of functions regular outside $\infty$. In this paper we present an effective method to evaluate the (locally free) class number of an arbitrary hereditary $A$-order in an arbitrary definite central simple $K$-algebra. We also show that the class number of any non-principal genus for a hereditary order in $D$ can be reduced to that of the principal genus for another hereditary order in $D$.Comment: 37 page

Topics: Mathematics - Number Theory
Year: 2012
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