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Exchange elements in rings, and the equation $XA-BX=I$

Authors: Dinesh Khurana, T. Y. Lam and Pace P. Nielsen
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 369 (2017), 495-516
MSC (2010): Primary 16E50, 16U99
Published electronically: March 2, 2016
MathSciNet review: 3557782
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Abstract: The equation $XA-BX=I$ has been well studied in ring theory, operator theory, linear algebra, and other branches of mathematics. In this paper, we show that, in the case where $B^2=B$, the study of $XA-BX=I$ in a noncommutative ring $R$ leads to several new ways to view and to work with the exchange (or “suitable”) elements in $R$ in the sense of Nicholson. For any exchange element $A\in R$, we show that the set of idempotents $E\in R$ such that $E\in R A$ and $I-E\in R (I-A)$ is naturally parametrized by the roots of a certain left-right symmetric “exchange polynomial” associated with $A$. From the new viewpoints on exchange elements developed in this paper, the classes of clean and strongly clean elements in rings can also be better understood.

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Dinesh Khurana
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Panjab University, Chandigarh 160 014, India
MR Author ID: 658568

T. Y. Lam
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720
MR Author ID: 109495

Pace P. Nielsen
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602
MR Author ID: 709329

Keywords: Idempotents, exchange elements, suitable elements, regular elements, clean elements, linear and quadratic equations, suitable rings
Received by editor(s): October 22, 2014
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 8, 2015
Published electronically: March 2, 2016
Article copyright: © Copyright 2016 by the authors