A subgroup of the general linear group over a ring with the following property: There exists a non-zero two-sided ideal of such that , where
that is, contains all matrices in that are congruent to the unit matrix modulo . More generally, a subgroup of a linear group of degree over is said to be a congruence subgroup if
for some non-zero two-sided ideal .
is said to be the principal congruence subgroup corresponding to . The concept of a congruence subgroup arose first for . It is particularly effective and important from the point of view of applications for a Dedekind ring in the case , where is an algebraic group defined over the field of fractions of .
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