THE GRASSMANN ALGEBRA OVER ARBITRARY RINGS AND MINUS SIGN IN ARBITRARY CHARACTERISTIC

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Abstract

An analog in characteristic 2 for the Grassmann algebra G was essential in a counterexample to the long standing Specht conjecture. We define a generalization G of the Grassmann algebra, which is well-behaved over arbitrary commutative rings C, even when 2 is not invertible. This lays the foundation for a supertheory over arbitrary base ring, allowing one to consider general deformations of superalgebras. The construction is based on a generalized sign function. It enables us to provide a basis of the non-graded multilinear identities of the free superalgebra with supertrace, valid over any ring. We also show that all identities of G follow from the Grassmann identity, and explicitly give its co-modules, which turn out to be generalizations of the sign representation. In particular, we show that the nth co-module is a free C-module of rank 2n−1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-253
Number of pages27
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society Series B
Volume7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Generalized Grassmann algebra
  • Generalized sign
  • Polynomial identities
  • Superalgebra
  • Trace identities

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)

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