Let be an algebraic number field, called the base field, and let be a field extension of finite degree. Let and denote the ring of integers, the group of nonzero fractional ideals and its subgroup of principal fractional ideals of the fields respectively. Then the extension map of fractional ideals is an injective group homomorphism. Since , this map induces the extension homomorphism of ideal class groups.
If there exists a non-principal ideal (i.e. ) whose extension ideal in is principal (i.e. for some and ), then we speak about principalization or capitulation in . In this case, the ideal and its class are said to principalize or capitulate in . This phenomenon is described most conveniently by the principalization kernel or capitulation kernel, that is the kernel of the class extension homomorphism.
More generally, let be a modulus in , where is a nonzero ideal in and is a formal product of pair-wise different real infinite primes of . Then is the ray modulo , where is the group of nonzero fractional ideals in relatively prime to and the condition means and for every real infinite prime dividing . Let , then the group is called a generalized ideal class group for . If and are generalized ideal class groups such that for every and for every , then induces the extension homomorphism of generalized ideal class groups
There exists a unique automorphism such that for all algebraic integers , where is the norm of . The map is called the Frobenius automorphism of . It generates the decomposition group of and its order is equal to the inertia degree of over . (If is ramified then is only defined and generates modulo the inertia subgroup whose order is the ramification index of over ). Any other prime ideal of dividing is of the form with some . Its Frobenius automorphism is given by , since for all , and thus its decomposition group is conjugate to . In this general situation, the Artin symbol is a mapping which associates an entire conjugacy class of automorphisms to any unramified prime ideal , and we have if and only if splits completely in .
When is an intermediate field with relative Galois group , more precise statements about the homomorphisms and are possible because we can construct the factorization of (where is unramified in as above) in from its factorization in as follows.
Prime ideals in lying over are in -equivariant bijection with the -set of left cosets , where corresponds to the coset . For every prime ideal in lying over the Galois group acts transitively on the set of prime ideals in lying over , thus such ideals are in bijection with the orbits of the action of on by left multiplication. Such orbits are in turn in bijection with the double cosets. Let be
a complete system of representatives of these double cosets, thus . Furthermore, let denote the orbit of the coset in the action of on the set of left cosets by left multiplication and let denote the orbit of the coset in the action of on the set of right cosets by right multiplication. Then factorizes in as , where for are the prime ideals lying over in satisfying with the product running over any system of representatives of .
We have . Let be the decomposition group of over . Then is the stabilizer of in the action of on , so by the orbit-stabilizer theorem we have . On the other hand, it's , which together gives
In other words, the inertia degree is equal to the size of the orbit of the coset in the action of on the set of right cosets by right multiplication. By taking inverses, this is equal to the size of the orbit of the coset in the action of on the set of left cosets by left multiplication. Also the prime ideals in lying over correspond to the orbits of this action.
Consequently, the ideal embedding is given by ,
and the class extension by .
Now further assume is an abelian extension, that is, is an abelian group. Then, all conjugate decomposition groups of prime ideals of lying over coincide, thus for every , and the Artin symbol becomes equal to the Frobenius automorphism of any and for all and every .
By class field theory,
the abelian extension uniquely corresponds to an intermediate group between the ray modulo of and , where denotes the relative conductor ( is divisible by the same prime ideals as ). The Artin symbol , which associates the Frobenius automorphism of to each prime ideal of which is unramified in , can be extended by multiplicativity to a surjective homomorphism with kernel (where means ), called Artin map, which induces isomorphism
of the generalized ideal class group to the Galois group . This explicit isomorphism is called the Artin reciprocity law or general reciprocity law.
Figure 1: Commutative diagram connecting the class extension with the Artin transfer.
This reciprocity law allowed Artin to translate the general principalization problem for number fields based on the following scenario from number theory to group theory. Let be a Galois extension of algebraic number fields with automorphism group . Assume that is an intermediate field with relative group and let , be the maximal abelian subextension of , respectively within . Then the corresponding relative groups are the commutator subgroups, resp. . By class field theory, there exist intermediate groups and such that the Artin maps establish isomorphisms
. Here , means and are some moduli divisible by respectively and by all primes dividing respectively.
The ideal extension homomorphism , the induced Artin transfer and these Artin maps are connected by the formula . Since is generated by the prime ideals of which does not divide , it's enough to verify this equality on these generators. Hence suppose that is a prime ideal of which does not divide and let be a prime ideal of lying over . On the one hand, the ideal extension homomorphism maps the ideal of the base field to the extension ideal in the field , and the Artin map of the field maps this product of prime ideals to the product of conjugates of Frobenius automorphisms
where the double coset decomposition and its representatives used here is the same as in the last but one section. On the other hand, the Artin map of the base field maps the ideal to the Frobenius automorphism . The -tuple is a system of representatives of double cosets , which correspond to the orbits of the action of on the set of left cosets by left multiplication, and is equal to the size of the orbit of coset in this action. Hence the induced Artin transfer maps to the product
Since the kernels of the Artin maps and are and respectively, the previous formula implies that . It follows that there is the class extension homomorphism and that and the induced Artin transfer are connected by the commutative diagram in Figure 1 via the isomorphisms induced by the Artin maps, that is, we have equality of two composita
The commutative diagram in the previous section, which connects the number theoretic class extension homomorphism with the group theoretic Artin transfer , enabled Furtwängler to prove the principal ideal theorem by specializing to the situation that is the (first) Hilbert class field of , that is the maximal abelian unramified extension of , and is the second Hilbert class field of , that is the maximal metabelian unramified extension of (and maximal abelian unramified extension of ). Then , , , , and is the commutator subgroup of . More precisely, Furtwängler showed that generally the Artin transfer from a finite metabelian group to its derived subgroup is a trivial homomorphism. In fact this is true even if isn't metabelian because we can reduce to the metabelian case by replacing with . It also holds for infinite groups provided is finitely generated and . It follows that every ideal of extends to a principal ideal of .
However, the commutative diagram comprises the potential for a lot of more sophisticated applications. In the situation that is a prime number,
is the second Hilbert p-class field of , that is the maximal metabelian unramified extension of of degree a power of ,
varies over the intermediate field between and its first Hilbert p-class field ,
and correspondingly varies over the intermediate groups between and ,
computation of all principalization kernels and all p-class groups
translates to information on the kernels and targets of the Artin transfers
and permits the exact specification of the second p-class group of via pattern recognition, and frequently even allows to draw conclusions about the entire p-class field tower of ,
that is the Galois group of the maximal unramified pro-p extension of .
These ideas are explicit in the paper of 1934 by A. Scholz and O. Taussky already.
At these early stages, pattern recognition consisted of specifying the annihilator ideals, or symbolic orders, and the Schreier relations of metabelian p-groups and subsequently using a uniqueness theorem on group extensions by O. Schreier.
Nowadays, we use the p-group generation algorithm of M. F. Newman
and E. A. O'Brien
for constructing descendant trees of p-groups and searching patterns, defined by kernels and targets of Artin transfers, among the vertices of these trees.
In the chapter on cyclic extensions of number fields of prime degree of his number report from 1897, D. Hilbert
proves a series of crucial theorems which culminate in Theorem 94, the original germ of class field theory. Today, these theorems can be viewed as the beginning of what is now called Galois cohomology. Hilbert considers a finite relative extension of algebraic number fields with cyclic Galois group generated by an automorphism such that for the relative degree , which is assumed to be an odd prime.
He investigates two endomorphism of the unit group of the extension field, viewed as a Galois module with respect to the group , briefly a -module. The first endomorphism is the symbolic exponentiation with the difference , and the second endomorphism is the algebraic norm mapping, that is the symbolic exponentiation with the trace . In fact, the image of the algebraic norm map is contained in the unit group of the base field and coincides with the usual arithmetic (field) norm as the product of all conjugates. The composita of the endomorphisms satisfy the relations and .
Two important cohomology groups can be defined by means of the kernels and images of these endomorphisms. The zeroth Tate cohomology group of in is given by the quotient consisting of the norm residues of , and the minus first Tate cohomology group of in is given by the quotient of the group of relative units of modulo the subgroup of symbolic powers of units with formal exponent .
In his Theorem 92 Hilbert proves the existence of a relative unit which cannot be expressed as , for any unit , which means that the minus first cohomology group is non-trivial of order divisible by . However, with the aid of a completely similar construction, the minus first cohomology group of the -module , the multiplicative group of the superfield , can be defined, and Hilbert shows its triviality in his famous Theorem 90.
Eventually, Hilbert is in the position to state his celebrated Theorem 94: If is a cyclic extension of number fields of odd prime degree with trivial relative discriminant , which means it's unramified at finite primes, then there exists a non-principal ideal of the base field which becomes principal in the extension field , that is for some . Furthermore, the th power of this non-principal ideal is principal in the base field , in particular , hence the class number of the base field must be divisible by and the extension field can be called a class field of . The proof goes as follows: Theorem 92 says there exists unit , then Theorem 90 ensures the existence of a (necessarily non-unit) such that , i. e., . By multiplying by proper integer if necessary we may assume that is an algebraic integer. The non-unit is generator of an ambiguous principal ideal of , since . However, the underlying ideal of the subfield cannot be principal. Assume to the contrary that for some . Since is unramified, every ambiguous ideal of is a lift of some ideal in , in particular . Hence and thus for some unit . This would imply the contradiction because . On the other hand, , thus is principal in the base field already.
Theorems 92 and 94 don't hold as stated for , with the fields and being a counterexample (in this particular case is the narrow Hilbert class field of ). The reason is Hilbert only considers ramification at finite primes but not at infinite primes (we say that a real infinite prime of ramifies in if there exists non-real extension of this prime to ). This doesn't make a difference when is odd since the extension is then unramified at infinite primes. However he notes that Theorems 92 and 94 hold for provided we further assume that number of fields conjugate to that are real is twice the number of real fields conjugate to . This condition is equivalent to being unramified at infinite primes, so Theorem 94 holds for all primes if we assume that is unramified everywhere.
Theorem 94 implies the simple inequality for the order of the principalization kernel of the extension . However an exact formula for the order of this kernel can be derived for cyclic unramified (including infinite primes) extension (not necessarily of prime degree) by means of the Herbrand quotient of the -module , which is given by
It can be shown that (without calculating the order of either of the cohomology groups). Since the extension is unramified, it's so . With the aid of K. Iwasawa's isomorphism, specialized to a cyclic extension with periodic cohomology of length , we obtain
This relation increases the lower bound by the factor , the so-called unit norm index.
As mentioned in the lead section, several investigators tried to generalize the Hilbert-Artin-Furtwängler principal ideal theorem of 1930 to questions concerning the principalization in intermediate extensions between the base field and its Hilbert class field. On the one hand, they established general theorems on the principalization over arbitrary number fields, such as Ph. Furtwängler 1932,
O. Taussky 1932,
O. Taussky 1970,
and H. Kisilevsky 1970.
On the other hand, they searched for concrete numerical examples of principalization in unramified cyclic extensions of particular kinds of base fields.
The principalization of -classes of imaginary quadratic fields with -class rank two in unramified cyclic cubic extensions was calculated manually for three discriminants by A. Scholz and O. Taussky
in 1934. Since these calculations require composition of binary quadratic forms and explicit knowledge of fundamental systems of units in cubic number fields, which was a very difficult task in 1934, the investigations stayed at rest for half a century until F.-P. Heider and B. Schmithals
employed the CDC Cyber 76 computer at the University of Cologne to extend the information concerning principalization to the range containing relevant discriminants in 1982,
thereby providing the first analysis of five real quadratic fields.
Two years later, J. R. Brink
computed the principalization types of complex quadratic fields.
Currently, the most extensive computation of principalization data for all quadratic fields with discriminants and -class group of type is due to D. C. Mayer in 2010,
who used his recently discovered connection between transfer kernels and transfer targets for the design of a new principalization algorithm.
The -principalization in unramified quadratic extensions of imaginary quadratic fields with -class group of type was studied by H. Kisilevsky in 1976.
Similar investigations of real quadratic fields were carried out by E. Benjamin and C. Snyder in 1995.
The -principalization in unramified quadratic extensions of cyclic cubic fields with -class group of type was investigated by A. Derhem in 1988.
Seven years later, M. Ayadi studied the -principalization in unramified cyclic cubic extensions of cyclic cubic fields , , with -class group of type and conductor divisible by two or three primes.
In 1992, M. C. Ismaili investigated the -principalization in unramified cyclic cubic extensions of the normal closure of pure cubic fields , in the case that this sextic number field , , has a -class group of type .
In 1993, A. Azizi studied the -principalization in unramified quadratic extensions of biquadratic fields of Dirichlet type with -class group of type .
Most recently, in 2014, A. Zekhnini extended the investigations to Dirichlet fields with -class group of type ,
thus providing the first examples of -principalization in the two layers of unramified quadratic and biquadratic extensions of quartic fields with class groups of -rank three.
Both, the algebraic, group theoretic access to the principalization problem by Hilbert-Artin-Furtwängler and the arithmetic, cohomological access by Hilbert-Herbrand-Iwasawa are also presented in detail in the two bibles of capitulation by J.-F. Jaulent 1988
and by K. Miyake 1989.
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