Cover (algebra)

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In abstract algebra, a cover is one instance of some mathematical structure mapping onto another instance, such as a group (trivially) covering a subgroup. This should not be confused with the concept of a cover in topology.

When some object X is said to cover another object Y, the cover is given by some surjective and structure-preserving map f : XY. The precise meaning of "structure-preserving" depends on the kind of mathematical structure of which X and Y are instances. In order to be interesting, the cover is usually endowed with additional properties, which are highly dependent on the context.

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A classic result in semigroup theory due to D. B. McAlister states that every inverse semigroup has an E-unitary cover; besides being surjective, the homomorphism in this case is also idempotent separating, meaning that in its kernel an idempotent and non-idempotent never belong to the same equivalence class.; something slightly stronger has actually be shown for inverse semigroups: every inverse semigroup admits an F-inverse cover.[1] McAlister's covering theorem generalizes to orthodox semigroups: every orthodox semigroup has a unitary cover.[2]

Examples from other areas of algebra include the Frattini cover of a profinite group[3] and the universal cover of a Lie group.

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  1. ^ Lawson p. 230
  2. ^ Grilett p. 360
  3. ^ Fried, Michael D.; Jarden, Moshe (2008). Field arithmetic. Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete. 3. Folge 11 (3rd revised ed.). Springer-Verlag. p. 508. ISBN 978-3-540-77269-9. Zbl 1145.12001. 

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