Linkage of quadratic Pfister forms

Adam Chapman, Shira Gilat, Uzi Vishne

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We study the necessary conditions for sets of quadratic n-fold Pfister forms to have a common (n−1)-fold Pfister factor. For any set S of n-fold Pfister forms generating a subgroup of In qF/In+1 qF of order 2s in which every element has an n-fold Pfister representative, we associate an invariant in In+1 qF which lives inside In+s−1 qF when the forms in S have a common (n−1)-fold Pfister factor. We study the properties of this invariant and compute it explicitly in a few interesting cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5212-5226
Number of pages15
JournalCommunications in Algebra
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2017

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  • Linkage
  • Pfister forms
  • quadratic forms
  • quaternion algebras


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