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Mar7-12, 02:26 PM
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That seems to agree with what I got, namely

(u,v) goes to (1/2)tens(u+vbar) - (i/2)tens(u-vbar)i.

The idea I used (of yours) was that since the map from C[x] to CxC which induces the isomorphism, takes a polynomial to its pair of values at i and -i, to invert it we are trying, as you say, to find a polynomial in C[x]/(x^2+1) whose value at i and -i gives us u and v. But there is a standard trick for this, using euclid's algorithm for gcd's.

I.e. to invert the chinese remainder map Z/(mn)-->Z/m x Z/n we solve an+bm = 1, and then an goes to (1,0) and bm goes to (0,1).

Since (x-i) - (x+i) = 2/i, we get (i/2) (x-i) - (i/2) (x+i) = 1, hence the

polynomials (i/2)(x-i) and (-i/2)(x+i) having the values (0,1) and (1,0) at i and -i.

But this was apparently off by a conjugate, so I fudged it at the end, adding bar to the v's.