### Abstract

Let W be a finite dimensional algebraic structure (e.g. an algebra) over a field K of characteristic zero. We study forms of W by using Deligne's Theory of symmetric monoidal categories. We construct a category CW, which gives rise to a subfield K0⊆K, which we call the field of invariants of W. This field will be contained in any subfield of K over which W has a form. The category CW is a K0-form of RepK¯(Aut(W)), and we use it to construct a generic form W˜ over a commutative K0-algebra BW (so that forms of W are exactly the specializations of W˜). This generalizes some generic constructions for central simple algebras and for H-comodule algebras. We give some concrete examples arising from associative algebras and H-comodule algebras. As an application, we also explain how one can use the construction to classify two-cocycles on some finite dimensional Hopf algebras.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 2077-2111 |

Number of pages | 35 |

Journal | Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra |

Volume | 220 |

Issue number | 6 |

Early online date | 10 Nov 2015 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - Jun 2016 |

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## Profiles

### Ehud Meir Ben Efraim

- School of Natural & Computing Sciences, Mathematical Science - Senior Lecturer
- Mathematical Sciences (Research Theme)

Person: Academic