Quaternionic structure

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In mathematics, a quaternionic structure or Q-structure is an axiomatic system that abstracts the concept of a quaternion algebra over a field.

A quaternionic structure is a triple (G,Q,q) where G is an elementary abelian group of exponent 2 with a distinguished element −1, Q is a pointed set with distinguished element 1, and q is a symmetric surjection G×GQ satisfying axioms

Every field F gives rise to a Q-structure by taking G to be F/F∗2, Q the set of Brauer classes of quaternion algebras in the Brauer group of F with the split quaternion algebra as distinguished element and q(a,b) the quaternion algebra (a,b)F.