 By J. W. S. Cassels (auth.)

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ISBN-13: 9783540617884

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3. Lattices under linear transformation. It is convenient here to consider briefly the effect of a non-singular affine transformation x-+X =(lX of n-dimensional space into itself. Let the transformation X =(lX be given by (1~i~n), (1 ) Xi = L (XiiXj where l:;;;i:;;;n X=(X1 ,···,X,,), x=(x1 ,···,xn) are corresponding points in the transformation and such that det((l) =det((Xii) =}O. /\ the set of points (lX, xEI\. ••. , b" is a basis for /\, then the general point b = U 1 b 1 + ... , ... (u1 b l + ...

D. (U;, ... • Un /(eJ satisfying (2). 2. When the form /(x) is not definite, then there is no generally valid procedure to replace the reduction procedure for definite forms. If we know (or may assume) that /(u) does not assume arbitrarily small values for integral u 0 then it is possible to salvage something of the reduction procedure. Let e> 0 be chosen arbitrarily small. By hypothesis, Ml = inf I/(u)l > o. * ",,"0 integral Hence we may find an integral e~ * 0 such that Without loss of generality e~ is not of the form ka where a is integral and k> 1 is a rational integer.

21i; = 1(1,1,1) -I.. · This is an application of LITTLEWOOD'S Principle: all identities are trivial (once they have been written down by someone else). 1 35 Indefinite quadratic forms Then "Pij~ °and Wi~ 0, I is reduced. Then identically since 6D - 3/11/22/33 = "P23"P3 1"P12 + } + 2"P32 "PI 3"P2l + L {Ill (-/23) ("P23 + 2wl) + (-/23) "P13 "P21}' (4) Again all the terms on the right-hand side are non-negative, so (3) holds. We leave to the reader an examination of when equality can occur. A rather tedious investigation of cases shows that it can occur only when 111 = 122 = 133 and either 2/23=2/31=2/12= ±1, or one of 2/23,2/31,2112 vanishes and the remaining two are equal to ± 1.