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In linear algebra, the Dieudonné determinant is a generalization of the determinant of a matrix to matrices over division rings and local rings. It was introduced by Dieudonné (1943).

If K is a division ring, then the Dieudonné determinant is a homomorphism of groups from the group GLn(K) of invertible n by n matrices over K onto the abelianization K*/[K*, K*] of the multiplicative group K* of K.

For example, the Dieudonné determinant for a 2-by-2 matrix is

\( \det \left({\begin{array}{*{20}c} a & b \\ c & d \end{array}}\right) = \left\lbrace{\begin{array}{*{20}c} -cb & \text{if } a = 0 \\ ad - aca^{-1}b & \text{if } a \ne 0 \end{array}}\right. . \)


Let R be a local ring. There is a determinant map from the matrix ring GL(R) to the abelianised unit group Rab with the following properties:[1]

Tannaka–Artin problem

Assume that K is finite over its centre F. The reduced norm gives a homomorphism Nn from GLn(K) to F*. We also have a homomorphism from GLn(K) to F* obtained by composing the Dieudonné determinant from GLn(K) to K*/[K*, K*] with the reduced norm N1 from GL1(K) = K* to F* via the abelianization.

The Tannaka–Artin problem is whether these two maps have the same kernel SLn(K). This is true when F is locally compact[2] but false in general.[3]

See also

Moore determinant over a division algebra


Rosenberg (1994) p.64
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Platonov, V.P. (1976). "The Tannaka-Artin problem and reduced K-theory". Izv. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Ser. Mat. (in Russian) 40: 227–261. Zbl 0338.16005.

Dieudonné, Jean (1943), "Les déterminants sur un corps non commutatif", Bulletin de la Société Mathématique de France 71: 27–45, ISSN 0037-9484, MR 0012273, Zbl 0028.33904
Rosenberg, Jonathan (1994), Algebraic K-theory and its applications, Graduate Texts in Mathematics 147, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-94248-3, MR 1282290, Zbl 0801.19001. Errata
Serre, Jean-Pierre (2003), Trees, Springer, p. 74, ISBN 3-540-44237-5, Zbl 1013.20001
Suprunenko, D.A. (2001), "Determinant", in Hazewinkel, Michiel, Encyclopedia of Mathematics, Springer, ISBN 978-1-55608-010-4

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