Separable algebra
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 16-XX [MSN][ZBL]
Separable algebra over a field
A finite-dimensional semi-simple associative algebra $A$ over a field $k$ that remains semi-simple under any extension $K$ of $k$ (that is, the algebra $K \otimes_k A$ is semi-simple for any field $K \supseteq k$, cf. Semi-simple algebra). An algebra $A$ is separable if and only if the centres of the simple components of this algebra (see Associative rings and algebras) are separable field extensions of $k$ (cf. Separable extension).
Separable algebra over a ring
An algebra $A$ over a commutative ring $R$ is separable if $A$ is projective as a left $A \otimes_R A^\textrm{o} = A^e$-module (cf. Projective module). Here, $A^\textrm{o}$ is the opposite algebra of $A$.
An algebra that is separable over its centre is called an Azumaya algebra. These algebras are important in the theory of the Brauer group of a commutative ring or scheme.
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