Prestabilization for K1 of banach algebras

L. N. Vaserstein, B. A. Magurnt

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The injective stability for the general linear group modulo elementary matrices begins at one plus the stable range of the ring of entries. At one step earlier, the kernel of stabilization is perhaps larger than the group of elementary matrices. Using a Dieudonné-style determinant, it is shown that this kernel is generated by matrices of the form (1 + XY) (1 + XY), under certain conditions on the ring of entries, or in the relative case, on the ideal. For any ideal of stable rank one, the kernel is given in terms of generators (X + Z + XYZ) (X + Z + ZYX). Under somewhat stronger conditions, the kernel is shown to be a commutator subgroup.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-96
Number of pages28
JournalLinear Algebra and Its Applications
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1987


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics

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