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Bernhard Mühlherr, Holger P. Petersson, and Richard M. Weiss

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166902

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166902.001.0001

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Quadratic Forms over a ∈ Local Field

Quadratic Forms over a ∈ Local Field

(p.57) Chapter Seven Quadratic Forms over a ∈‎ Local Field
Descent in Buildings (AM-190)

Bernhard M¨uhlherr

Holger P. Petersson

Richard M. Weiss

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents various results about quadratic forms over a field complete with respect to a discrete valuation. The discussion is based on the assumption that K is a field of arbitrary characteristic which is complete with respect to a discrete valuation ν‎ and uses the usual convention that ν‎(0) = infinity. The chapter starts with a notation regarding the ring of integers of K and the natural map from it to the residue field, followed by a number of propositions regarding an anisotropic quadratic space. These include an anisotropic quadratic space with residual quadratic spaces, an unramified quadratic space of finite dimension, unramified finite-dimensional anisotropic quadratic forms over K, unramified anisotropic quadratic forms and a bilinear form, and a round quadratic space over K. The chapter concludes with a theorem that there exists an anisotropic quadratic form over K, unique up to isometry, and is non-singular.

Keywords:   quadratic form, discrete valuation, anisotropic quadratic space, residual quadratic spaces, finite dimension, bilinear form, unramified quadratic space, round quadratic space

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