# The images of non-commutative polynomials evaluated on 2 x 2 matrices over the real numbers

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 10:30

Speaker:

Sergey Malev (Bar-Ilan University)

Seminar:

Abstract:

Let p be a multilinear polynomial in several non-commuting

variables with coefficients in an arbitrary field K. Kaplansky

conjectured that for any n, the image of p evaluated on the

set M_n(K) of n-by-n matrices is either zero, or the set of

scalar matrices, or the set sl_n(K) of matrices of trace 0, or

all of M_n(K). I prove the conjecture when K is the field of real numbers and

n=2, and give a partial solution for

an arbitrary field K.

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