Algebraic torus

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An algebraic group that is isomorphic over some extension of the ground field to the direct product of a finite number of multiplicative groups . The group of all algebraic homomorphisms of an algebraic torus in is known as the character group of ; it is a free Abelian group of a rank equal to the dimension of . If the algebraic torus is defined over a field , then has a -module structure, where is the Galois group of the separable closure of . The functor defines a duality between the category of algebraic tori over and the category of -free -modules of finite rank. An algebraic torus over that is isomorphic to a product of groups over its ground field is called split over ; any algebraic torus over splits over a finite separable extension of . The role played by algebraic tori in the theory of algebraic groups greatly resembles the role played by tori in the theory of Lie groups. The study of algebraic tori defined over algebraic number fields and other fields, such as finite fields, occupies an important place in problems of arithmetic and in the classification of algebraic groups. Cf. Linear algebraic group; Tamagawa number.


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[3] T. Ono, "On the Tamagawa number of algebraic tori" Ann. of Math. (2) , 78 : 1 (1963) pp. 47–73
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This article was adapted from an original article by V.E. Voskresenskii (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article