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Isomorphism to certain Galois group and cyclic groups

  1. Oct 22, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Let c be a pth root of unit where p is prime. Then the Galois group G(Q(c):Q) is isomorphic to Z_p*. Show that if there is some m that divides p-1, then there is an extension K of Q such that G(K:Q) is isomorphic to Z_q*

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I suspect that K=Q(c^m) is the field extension that we are looking for.

    Then the basis elements for Q(c^m):Q are {1,c^m,c^2m,.....,c^(r)m) where r+1 is the order of <c^m> a subgroup of <c>. In the Galois group of Q(c^m):Q there will exist a unique element g such that g(1)=c^(im)
    for each 0,........,r possible exponents of the basis elements.

    Am I on the right track here? Thanks!
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  3. Oct 22, 2016 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Can you clarify the roles of ##m## and ##q## here? Is is ##m\,\cdot\, q= p-1## or ##m=q##?
    Which theorems have already been proven in this context? It looks like you may use the correspondence between Galois extensions and automorphism groups, but you haven't mentioned it.
    So it is actually a unique element ##g_i## depending on ##i##! Which theorem have you used here?

    See, if you assume the availability of all those theorems, then there will be nothing left to prove.
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