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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 of Type F4

Quadratic Forms of Type F4

(p.79) Chapter Nine Quadratic Forms of Type F4
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 of type F₄. The Moufang quadrangles of type F₄ were discovered in the course of carrying out the classification of Moufang polygons and gave rise to the notion of a quadratic form of type F₄. The chapter begins with the notation stating that a quadratic space Λ‎ = (K, L, q) is of type F₄ if char(K) = 2, q is anisotropic and: for some separable quadratic extension E/K with norm N; for some subfield F of K containing K² viewed as a vector space over K with respect to the scalar multiplication (t, s) ↦ t²s for all (t, s) ∈ K x F; and for some α‎ ∈ F* and some β‎ ∈ K*. The chapter also considers a number of propositions regarding quadratic spaces and discrete valuations.

Keywords:   quadratic form, Moufang quadrangle, Moufang polygon, quadratic space, separable quadratic extension, vector space, scalar multiplication, discrete valuation

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