Algebraic algebra

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An algebra with associative powers (in particular, an associative algebra) over a field all elements of which are algebraic (an element is called algebraic if the subalgebra generated by it is finite-dimensional or, equivalently, if the element has an annihilating polynomial with coefficients from the ground field ). An algebra is called an algebraic algebra of bounded degree if it is algebraic and if the set of degrees of the minimal annihilating polynomials of its elements is bounded. Subalgebras and homomorphic images of an algebraic algebra (of bounded degree) are algebraic algebras (of bounded degree).

Examples: locally finite algebras (in particular, finite-dimensional ones), nil-algebras and associative skew-fields with a countable set of generators over an uncountable field.

The algebras considered below are associative. The Jacobson radical of an algebraic algebra is a nil-ideal. A primitive algebraic algebra is isomorphic to a dense algebra of linear transformations of a vector space over a skew-field; if, in addition, is of bounded degree, then is isomorphic to a ring of matrices over a skew-field. An algebraic algebra without non-zero nilpotent elements (in particular, a skew-field) over a finite field is commutative. It follows that finite skew-fields are commutative. An algebraic algebra of bounded degree satisfies a polynomial identity (cf. PI-algebra). An algebraic PI-algebra is locally finite. If the ground field is uncountable, then the algebras obtained from an algebraic algebra by extension of the ground field, and the tensor product of algebraic algebras, are algebraic algebras.


[1] N. Jacobson, "Structure of rings" , Amer. Math. Soc. (1956)
[2] I.N. Herstein, "Noncommutative rings" , Math. Assoc. Amer. (1968)
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This article was adapted from an original article by V.N. Latyshev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article