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Noncommutative discriminants and Poisson primes Yakimov, Milen


Discriminants play a key role in the study of PI algebras (PIAs): orders in central simple algebras, Azumaya loci of PIAs, the isomorphism and automorphism problems for PIAs. Previously, they were computed for very few PI algebras. We will present a general method for computing discriminants of PIAs which is applicable to algebras obtained by specialization from families, such as quantum algebras at roots of unity. It relies on a connection with Poisson geometry. From a different perspective the technique builds a bridge to the theory of discriminants of number fields, where factorizations into primes are replaced by factorizations into Poisson primes. This is a joint work with Jesse Levitt, Bach Nguyen and Kurt Trampel.

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