Division algebras of degree 4 and 8 with involution

S. A. Amitsur, L. H. Rowen, J. P. Tignol

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We develop necessary and sufficient conditions for central simple algebras to have involutions of the first kind, and to be tensor products of quaternion subalgebras. The theory is then applied to give an example of a division algebra of degree 8 with involution (of the first kind), without quaternion subalgebras, answering an old question of Albert; another example is a division algebra of degree 4 with involution (*) has no (*)-invariant quaternion subalgebras.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-148
Number of pages16
JournalIsrael Journal of Mathematics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1979
Externally publishedYes


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