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Positive Clifford semigroups on the plane

Author: Reuben W. Farley
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 151 (1970), 353-369
MSC: Primary 22.05
MathSciNet review: 0263966
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Abstract: This work is devoted to a preliminary investigation of positive Clifford semigroups on the plane. A positive semigroup is a semigroup which has a copy of the nonnegative real numbers embedded as a closed subset in such a way that 0 is a zero and 1 is an identity. A positive Clifford semigroup is a positive semigroup which is the union of groups. In this work it is shown that if S is a positive Clifford semigroup on the plane, then each group in S is commutative. Also, a necessary and sufficient condition is given in order that S be commutative, and an example is given of such a semigroup which is, in fact, not commutative. In addition, both the number and the structure of the components of groups in S is determined. Finally, it is shown that S is the continuous isomorphic image of a semilattice of groups.

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Keywords: Real semigroup, positive semigroup, Clifford semigroup, semilattice of groups
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