# A new discriminant algebra construction

### Owen Biesel

Mathematisch Instituut### Alberto Gioia

Niels Bohrweg 1 Leiden University The Netherlands

## Abstract

A discriminant algebra operation sends a commutative ring $R$ and an $R$-algebra $A$ of rank $n$ to an $R$-algebra $\Delta$_A/R of rank 2 with the same discriminant bilinear form. Constructions of discriminant algebra operations have been put forward by Rost, Deligne, and Loos. We present a simpler and more explicit construction that does not break down into cases based on the parity of $n$. We then prove properties of this construction, and compute some examples explicitly.

## Cite this article

Owen Biesel, Alberto Gioia, A new discriminant algebra construction. Doc. Math. 21 (2016), pp. 1051–1088

DOI 10.4171/DM/552