On an algorithm of Billevich for finding units in algebraic fields

Authors:
Ray Steiner and Ronald Rudman

Journal:
Math. Comp. **30** (1976), 598-609

MSC:
Primary 12A45

MathSciNet review:
0404204

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Abstract: The well-known algorithm of Billevich for finding units in algebraic number fields is derived by algebraic methods. Some tables of units in cubic and quartic fields are given.

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DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1976-0404204-8

Keywords:
Algebraic number field,
units,
Billevich's algorithm,
multiplicative lattices,
Cramer's rule,
fundamental units

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© Copyright 1976
American Mathematical Society