Transformation Groups

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 41–69 | Cite as




To generalize the notion of Galois closure for separable field extensions, we devise a notion of G-closure for algebras of commutative rings RA, where A is locally free of rank n as an R-module and G is a subgroup of S n . A G-closure datum for A over R is an R-algebra homomorphism φ : (A n ) G R satisfying certain properties, and we associate to a closure datum φ a closure algebra A n \( {\otimes}_{{\left({A}^{\otimes n}\right)}^G} \) R. This construction reproduces the normal closure of a finite separable field extension if G is the corresponding Galois group. We describe G-closure data and algebras of finite étale algebras over a general connected ring R in terms of the corresponding finite sets with continuous actions by the étale fundamental group of R. We show that if 2 is invertible, then A n -closure data for free extensions correspond to square roots of the discriminant, and that D4-closure data for quartic monogenic extensions correspond to roots of the cubic resolvent. This is an updated and revised version of the author's PhD thesis.


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  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA

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