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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 6 (1983), Issue 2, Pages 307-311

A class of hyperrings and hyperfields

Université de Paris VI, Paris 75006, France

Received 1 March 1982

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Hyperring is a structure generalizing that of a ring, but where the addition is not a composition, but a hypercomposition, i.e., the sum x+y of two elements, x,y, of a hyperring H is, in general, not an element but a subset of H. When the non-zero elements of a hyperring form a multiplicative group, the hyperring is called a hyperfield, and this structure generalizes that of a field. A certain class of hyperfields (residual hyperfields of valued fields) has been used by the author [1] as an important technical tool in his theory of approximation of complete valued fields by sequences of such fields. Tne non-commutative theory of hyperrings (particularly Artinian) has been studied in depth by Stratigopoulos [2].

The question arises: How common are hyperrings? We prove in this paper that a conveniently defined quotient R/G of any ring R by any normal subgroup G of its multiplicative semigroup is always a hyperring which is a hyperfield when R is a field. We ask: Are all hyperrings isomorphic to some subhyperring of a hyperring belonging to the class just described?