By Jacques Tits, Richard M. Weiss (auth.)
Spherical constructions are sure combinatorial simplicial complexes intro duced, first and foremost within the language of "incidence geometries," to supply a sys tematic geometric interpretation of the outstanding complicated Lie teams. (The definition of a construction when it comes to chamber structures and definitions of many of the comparable notions utilized in this advent akin to "thick," "residue," "rank," "spherical," and so on. are given in bankruptcy 39. ) through the thought of a BN-pair, the idea grew to become out to use to uncomplicated algebraic teams over an arbitrary box. extra accurately, to any completely uncomplicated algebraic workforce of optimistic rela tive rank £ is linked a thick irreducible round development of an analogous rank (these are the algebraic round structures) and the most results of constructions of round sort and Finite BN-Pairs  is that the speak, for £ ::::: three, is sort of real: (1. 1) Theorem. each thick irreducible round development of rank not less than 3 is classical, algebraic' or combined. Classical constructions are these outlined by way of the geometry of a classical team (e. g. unitary, orthogonal, and so on. of finite Witt index or linear of finite measurement) over an arbitrary box or skew-field. (These aren't algebraic if, for example, the skew-field is of endless measurement over its middle. ) combined structures are extra unique; they're with regards to teams that are in a few feel algebraic teams outlined over a couple of fields ok and okay of attribute p, the place KP eke okay and p is 2 or (in one case) three.
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The maps T and N are uniquely determined by these properties. Since u = u - T( u) for all u E Q*, the function u ~ fl is uniquely determined as well. The maps N, T and u ~ fl will be called the norm, trace and standard involution of A. 11) Definition. A Cayley-Dickson algebra (or octonion algebra) is any algebra isomorphic to A = (Q, /,) for some quaternion algebra Q with center K and some /' E K*. 9), a Cayley-Dickson algebra (Q, /,) is an alternative division ring if and only if Q is a division algebra and /' rt.
If (h E N(E), then we can assume that (3 = ,N(t) for some t E E*; it follows that a + e2b ~ a + fztb is an isomorphism from Q to Q' which is linear over K. Now suppose that Q and Q' are isomorphic over K. 5), it follows that M(2, K) 09K (E/ K, (3,) ~ Q 09K Q' ~ Q 09K Q ~ M(2,K) 09K (E/K,(32) ~ M(4,K). 3), we will show that the quaternion division algebras are the only central division algebras of degree two. 8) Cayley-Dickson algebras. 2). Choose, E K* and let A = (Q,,) be the set of 2 x 2 matrices for all u, v E Q.
Thus bop,(an)m E K and hence Kanm = Kbop,(an)com = Kbop,(an)mc(f = Kc(f C KU~. 4) K normalizes U I . Proof. The group H normalizes U I . By M I , Un centralizes Un-I. By M therefore, Uo = U;:: centralizes UI . I 3, 36 8 A Construction Let an E U~. Since Ur(a n) = Un - I =I- UI and Uo normalizes U I , it follows that an =I- 1. The map an f---+ an from Un to Un is thus an isomorphism. 5) K n Un = 1 and Km n Ka n = 0 for all an E Un. Proof. Let al E Ui and an E Un. 4) and M 3 , Ufm = Un- I for each 9 E K.
Moufang Polygons by Jacques Tits, Richard M. Weiss (auth.)