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Fields of algebraic numbers with bounded local degrees and their properties

Author: Sara Checcoli
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 365 (2013), 2223-2240
MSC (2010): Primary 11S15, 11R32
Published electronically: September 19, 2012
MathSciNet review: 3009657
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Abstract: We provide a characterization of infinite algebraic Galois extensions of the rationals with uniformly bounded local degrees, giving a detailed proof of all the results in Checcoli and Zannier's paper (2011) and obtaining relevant generalizations for them. In particular we show that for an infinite Galois extension of the rationals the following three properties are equivalent: having uniformly bounded local degrees at every prime; having uniformly bounded local degrees at all but finitely many primes; having Galois group of finite exponent. The proof of this result enlightens interesting connections with Zelmanov's work on the Restricted Burnside Problem. We give a formula to explicitly compute bounds for the local degrees of an infinite extension in some special cases. We relate the uniform boundedness of the local degrees to other properties: being a subfield of $ \mathbb{Q}^{(d)}$, which is defined as the compositum of all number fields of degree at most $ d$ over $ \mathbb{Q}$; being generated by elements of uniformly bounded degree. We prove that the above properties are equivalent for abelian extensions, but not in general; we provide counterexamples based on group-theoretical constructions with extraspecial groups and their modules, for which we give explicit realizations.

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Sara Checcoli
Affiliation: Mathematisches Institut, University of Basel, Rheinsprung 21, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

Received by editor(s): December 21, 2010
Received by editor(s) in revised form: March 14, 2011, March 29, 2011, April 7, 2011, July 15, 2011, August 31, 2011, and September 18, 2011
Published electronically: September 19, 2012
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