Hi
consider the ring of 3x3 matrices with entries in Z36.
How many different matrices are there in the two sided ideal generated by the matrix diag(0,30,6)?
Thanks for any help,
Hedi
You'll have to evaluate the two-sided ideal, meaning left (or right) multiply by with .
You'll probably get something like where . You'll have to figure out what exactly and can be
So, if you get something like and , then the ideal will have elements
i think you are vastly underrating the complexity involved here. the matrix ring is not commutative, and has 1,296 elements (its not "small"). furthermore neither AM nor MA where A is an arbitrary matrix in our ring and M is the diagonal matrix diag(0,30,6), will be diagonal.
what we need are all matrices of the form AM + MB + CMD, where A,B,C,D are arbitrary matrices in our matrix ring over Z36.
some things that may help:
30 = -6 (mod 36), so diag(0,20,6) = (6I)*(diag(0,-1,1)). note 6I commutes with the entire ring.
in Z36, <30> = <6> = {0,6,12,18,24,30}.
see if you can prove that any entry but the top-left can be any multiple of 6 (in Z36), and that the top-left entry is always 0. this gives us 6*35 = 210 possible members of the ideal.
it appears i made a mistake, because (as was shown in a later thread) E_{11} can be written as AMB.
this shows that our ideal is 6R.
i also badly calculated the size of the ring, and the ideal:
R has 36^{9}, elements, therefore the ideal has 6^{9} elements.