By J. W. S. Cassels (auth.)

ISBN-10: 3540617884

ISBN-13: 9783540617884

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El~-l have already been chosen and are extensible to a base e~ ..... ••• b n of /\0. Then e; is one of the finite number of vectors with the property that e~ . ; ej is extensible to a base of /\0 and for which / (e;) is as small as possible. Such e; exist but are finite in number. by argument used for e~. • e~: and for any given / (x) there are only a finite number of such bases. • 0 ' (1;;:;'j~n) for the above basis, then / (x) is said to be reduced (in the sense of MINKOWSKI). The above proof shows that every positive definite form is equivalent (in the sense introduced in Chapter I.

Since we may choose any representation (1) and then apply the transformation which reduces g(x). Reduction more or less of this kind was first introduced by HERMITE. and has been further discussed. amongst others. by SIEGEL (1940a). as a tool for investigating the arithmetical properties of quadratic forms. In general a form I (x) is equivalent to infinitely many HERMITE-reduced forms. but SIEGEL shows that it is equivalent to only finitely many if the coefficients of I (x) are all rational. We note here that the relationship between (1) and (2) allows estimates for the minimum of a definite form to be extended to an 30 Reduction indefinite one, since clearly 1/(:r) I~ g (:r) for all real vectors:r.

The following four statements about a number x are eqttivalent, where q;(X) = X~ + ... + X~ - X~+l - ... - X!. ( i) In every lattice A there is a vector A +0 with (ii) In every lattice A of determinant 1 there is a vector A +0 with 1q;(A)1 ~x. 4+0 in d(A)~y'-n/2 there is a vector Iq;(A)1 ~ 1- (iv) For every quadratic form L fii is an integer vector a 0 such that + Xi Xi of signature (r, n-r) there I/(a)1 ~xldet(/;iWI". That (i), (ii) and (iii) are equivalent follows from homogeneity, since q;(tX) =t2q;(X) and since the set tA of all tX (XEA) is a lattice tA of d (A); and we may choose t so that t" d (A) = 1.

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