JournalsggdVol. 14, No. 1pp. 213–242

On units in orders in 2-by-2 matrices over quaternion algebras with rational center

  • Ann Kiefer

    Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
On units in orders in 2-by-2 matrices over quaternion algebras with rational center cover

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Abstract

We generalize an algorithm established in earlier work [21] to compute finitely many generators for a subgroup of finite index of an arithmetic group acting properly discontinuously on hyperbolic space of dimension 2 and 3, to hyperbolic space of higher dimensions using Clifford algebras. We hence get an algorithm which gives a finite set of generators of finite index subgroups of a discrete subgroup of Vahlen’s group, i.e. a group of 2-by-2 matrices with entries in the Clifford algebra satisfying certain conditions. The motivation comes from units in integral group rings and this new algorithm allows to handle unit groups of orders in 2-by-2 matrices over rational quaternion algebras. The rings investigated are part of the so-called exceptional components of a rational group algebra.

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Ann Kiefer, On units in orders in 2-by-2 matrices over quaternion algebras with rational center. Groups Geom. Dyn. 14 (2020), no. 1, pp. 213–242

DOI 10.4171/GGD/541