Cross product

crossed product, of a group $G$ and a ring $K$

of a vector $a$ by a vector $b$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$, see Vector product.

An associative ring defined as follows. Suppose one is given a mapping $\sigma$ of a group $G$ into the isomorphism group of an associative ring $K$ with identity, and a family

$$\rho = \{ \rho_{g,h} | g,h \in G\}$$

of invertible elements of $K$, satisfying the conditions

$$\rho_{g_1,g_2}\rho_{g_1g_2,g_3} = \rho^{\sigma(g_1)}_{g_2,g_3}\rho_{g_1,g_2g_3}$$ $$\alpha^{\sigma(g_2)\sigma(g_1)} = \rho_{g_1,g_2}\alpha^{\sigma(g_1g_2)}\rho^{-1}_{g_1,g_2}$$

for all $\alpha\in K$ and $g_1,g_2,g_3\in G$. The family $\rho$ is called a factor system. Then the cross product of $G$ and $K$ with respect to the factor system $\rho$ and the mapping $\sigma$ is the set of all formal finite sums of the form

$$\sum_{g\in G} \alpha_g t_g$$

where $\alpha_g \in K$ and the $t_g$ are symbols uniquely assigned to every element $g\in G$, with binary operations defined by

$$\sum_{g\in G} \alpha_g t_g + \sum_{g\in G} \beta_g t_g = \sum_{g\in G} (\alpha_g+\beta_g)t_g,$$ $$\left(\sum_{g\in G}\alpha_gt_g\right) \left(\sum_{g\in G}\beta_gt_g\right) = \sum_{g\in G} \left(\sum_{h_1h_2=g}\alpha_{h_1}\beta^{\sigma(h_1)}_{h_2}\rho_{h_1,h_2}\right) t_g$$

This ring is denoted by $K(G, \rho, \sigma)$; the elements $t_g$ form a $K$-basis for the ring.

If $\sigma$ maps $G$ onto the identity automorphism of $K$, then $K(G, \rho)$ is called a twisted or crossed group ring, and if, in addition, $\rho_{g,h}=1$ for all $g,h\in G$, then $K(G,\rho,\sigma)$ is the group ring of $G$ over $K$ (see Group algebra).

Let $K$ be a field and $\sigma$ a monomorphism. Then $K(G,\rho,\sigma)$ is a simple ring, being the cross product of the field with its Galois group.

References

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