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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 26 (2001), Issue 12, Pages 753-758

On Azumaya algebras with a finite automorphism group

Department of Mathematics, Bradley University, Peoria 61625, IL, USA

Received 26 October 2000

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Let B be a ring with 1, C the center of B, and G a finite automorphism group of B. It is shown that if B is an Azumaya algebra such that B=gGJg where Jg={bB|bx=g(x)bfor allxB}, then there exist orthogonal central idempotents {fiC|i=1,2,,mfor some integerm} and subgroups Hi of G such that B=(i=1mBfi)D where Bfi is a central Galois algebra with Galois group Hi|BfiHi for each i=1,2,,m and D is contained in C.