Embedding Division Ring into Quotient Ring of Cauchy Sequences

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Let $\struct {R, \norm {\, \cdot \,} }$ be a normed division ring.

Let $\mathcal C$ be the ring of Cauchy sequences over $R$

Let $\mathcal N = \set {\sequence {x_n}: \displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to \infty} x_n = 0}$

Let $\norm {\, \cdot \,}:\mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N \to \R_{\ge 0}$ be the norm on the quotient ring $\mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N$ defined by:

$\displaystyle \forall \sequence {x_n} + \mathcal N: \norm {\sequence {x_n} + \mathcal N} = \lim_{n \mathop \to \infty} \norm {x_n}$

Let $\phi: R \to \mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N$ be the mapping from $R$ to the quotient ring $\mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N$ defined by:

$\forall a \in R: \map \phi a = \sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc} + \mathcal N$

where $\sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc} + \mathcal N$ is the left coset in $\mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N$ that contains the constant sequence $\sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc}$.


$\phi$ is a distance-preserving ring monomorphism.


By the definition of a distance-preserving mapping and a ring monomorphism it has to be shown that:

$(1): \quad \phi$ is a homomorphism.
$(2): \quad \phi$ is an injection.
$(3): \quad \phi$ is distance-preserving.

$(1): \quad \phi$ is a homomorphism

By definition, $\phi$ is the composition of two mappings:

$\phi = q \circ \phi'$


$\text{(a)}: \quad \phi': R \to \mathcal C$, defined by: $\forall a \in R, \map {\phi'} a = \sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc}$
$\text{(b)}: \quad q$ is the quotient mapping $q: \mathcal C \to \mathcal C \, \big / \mathcal N$ defined by: $\map q {\sequence {x_n} } = \sequence {x_n} + \mathcal N$

By Embedding Normed Division Ring into Ring of Cauchy Sequences, $\phi'$ is a ring monomorphism.

By Quotient Ring Epimorphism is Epimorphism, then $q$ is a ring epimorphism.

By Composition of Ring Homomorphisms is Ring Homomorphism then the composition $\phi = q \circ \phi'$ is a ring homomorphism


$(2): \quad \phi$ is an injection

Let $a, b \in R$.

Suppose $\map \phi a = \map \phi b$.


\(\displaystyle \sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc} + \mathcal N\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \sequence {b, b, b, \dotsc} + \mathcal N\) $\quad$ Definition of $\phi$ $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \leadsto \ \ \) \(\displaystyle \sequence {a, a, a, \dotsc} - \sequence {b, b, b, \dotsc}\) \(\in\) \(\displaystyle \mathcal N\) $\quad$ Left Cosets are Equal iff Product with Inverse in Subgroup $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \leadsto \ \ \) \(\displaystyle \sequence {a - b, a - b, a - b, \dotsc}\) \(\in\) \(\displaystyle \mathcal N\) $\quad$ Ring operations on Ring of Cauchy Sequences $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \leadsto \ \ \) \(\displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to \infty} {a - b}\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle 0\) $\quad$ Definition of $\mathcal N$ $\quad$

By Constant Rule for Convergent Sequences then:

$\displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to \infty} {a - b} = a - b$

Hence $a-b = 0$.

The result follows.


$(3): \quad \phi$ is distance-preserving

Let $a, b \in R$.


\(\displaystyle \norm {\phi \paren {a} - \phi \paren {b} }\) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \norm {\phi \paren {a - b} }\) $\quad$ $\phi$ is a homomorphism $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \norm {\sequence {a - b, a - b, a - b, \dots} + \mathcal N}\) $\quad$ Definition of $\phi$ $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \lim_{n \mathop \to \infty } \norm {a - b}\) $\quad$ Definition of $\norm {\, \cdot \,}$ $\quad$
\(\displaystyle \) \(=\) \(\displaystyle \norm {a - b}\) $\quad$ Constant Rule for Convergent Sequences $\quad$