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# Annals of Mathematics

## An Analogue to Minkowski's Geometry of Numbers in a Field of Series

Author(s): Kurt Mahler
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Source: The Annals of Mathematics, Second Series, Vol. 42, No. 2 (Apr., 1941), pp. 488-522
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ANNALS OF MATHEMATICS
Vol. 42, No. 2, April, 1941

FIELD OF SERIES

OF NUMBERS IN A

BY KURT MAHLER

## i'Iinkowski,in his "Geometrie der Zahlen" (Leipzig 1910), studied properties

of a convex body in a space RI? of n dimensionswith respect to the set of all
lattice points. Let F(X) = F(x1, ***, Xn) be a distance function,i.e. a function satisfyingthe conditions
F(O) = 0, F(X) > 0 if X \$ 0;
F(tX) = I t I F(X) forall real t;
F(X - Y) _ F(X) + F(Y).
The inequality F(X) ? 1 definesa convex body in Rn which has its centre at
the originX = 0. Suppose that this body has the volume V. The well known
2 , thenthebodycontains at least one
result of Minkowski asserts that if V
from0. This theorem is contained
(and so at least two) latticepoints different
in the followingdeeper result of Minkowski (G.d.Z. ??50-53): "There are n
in Rnwiththefollowingproperties:
An)
independentlatticepointsX"), X(2) ... , X
(1) F(X(1') = arl) is theminimumof F(X) in all latticepoints X \$ 0, and for
k _ 2, F(X(k)) = a(k) is theminimumof F(X) in all latticepoints X whichare
(k-1)
(2) The determinantD of the points X,
independentof V),
the
X(n) satisfies inequalities
.._

1 _ ID

I ? n!.

(3) The numbersa(k) depend only on F(X) and not on the special choice of the
latticepointsX(k), and theysatisfytheinequalities
< __ or(2)

<

<

...

...

## (A new simpleproofforthe last part of this theoremwas given by H. Davenport,

Quart. Journ.Math. (OxfordSer.), Vol. 10 (1939), 119-121).
From Minkowski's theorem, properties of general classes of convex bodies
can be obtained. For instance,thereis a convexbodyG(Y) _ 1 polar to F(X) <
T(n)
1, and to this body correspondby the theorem n minima T(1), T(2) ...
I have proved (Casopis 68 (1939), 93-102), that theseminima are relatedto the
a's bytheinequalities
1

T(h)T(n-h+)
488

< (n!)2

(h=

1, 2,...

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## From this result,applicationsto inhomogeneousDiophantine inequalities can

be made, and in particular,generalizationsof Kronecker'stheorem can be
obtained.
The presentpaper does notdeal with ordinaryconvexbodies in a real space.
The n-dimensional
space Pnwithwhichwe shall be concernedhas its coordinates
valuation I x l; a distance functionis any
in a fieldS witha non-Archimedean
functionsatisfying
F(O) = 0, F(X)

> 0 if X # 0,

## F(X - Y) < max (F(X), F(Y)).

The inequalityF(X) < r then'definesthe convex body C(-r),if r > 0. We
show that everyconvexbody is bounded,and that it has propertiessimilarto
a parallelepipedin real space.
In particular,let ftbe the fieldof all Laurent series
x = afzf + af-,zf-Z +

af2Zf-2

..

## in an arbitraryfieldf; the valuation I x I is definedas 0 I = 0,

withcoefficients
and I x == ef if af 0 0. Furtherlet Anbe the modul of all pointsin P. , the
in f; these pointswe
coordinatesof whichare polynomialsin z withcoefficients
call latticepoints. We consider only distance functionsF(X) which for all
X 0 0 in P, are always as integralpowerof e. We shall definea certainpositive constantV as the volumeof C(1); thisconstantis invariantunderall linear
of P, with determinant1, and the volume of C(1) and that of
transformations
its polar reciprocalbody C'(1) have the product1. In analogy to Minkowski's
theorem,the followingtheoremholds: "There are n independentlatticepoints
X(I) ... * , (n) in P, withthefollowingproperties:1) F(X(')) is theminimumof
F(X) in all latticepointsX \$ 0, and fork > 2, F(X(k)) is theminimumofF(X)
in all latticepointsX whichare independent
of Xl, ..., X(k-1). 2) The deter,
is 1. 3) The numbersF(X(k)) = _(k)) which
minantof thepointsX(') ... X*n)
dependonlyon F(X) and noton thespecial choiceof thelatticepointsX, satisfy
theformulae
<

(1) <

'T(2) <

.<

(n)

(1)

(2) .

(n)

1A

## , r(n) forthe distance functionG(Y)

Further,we have similarminima r(1)...
whichdefinesthepolarbody C'(1); theseare relatedwiththe cr'sby theequations
(h) (n-h+)=
(h = 1, 2, ... , n).
1

## These two resultscan be used to study special Diophantineproblemsin Pn;

a few of them are consideredas examples. All the proofsin this paper are
based on the methodsof Minkowski,and in one finalparagraphI make use of
ideas of C. L. Siegel.

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1. Notation.

SPACES

## In this chapter, we denote by

9?

an arbitrary field,

lnon-Archimedean
valuationof theelementsx of Ts,'
Qt theperfectextensionof R withrespectto thisvaluation,
Pn then-dimensionalspace of all pointsor vectors

Ix Ia

X =

(X1i

*..*

Xn)y

## where the coordinates xi , * , xn lie in 9,

X I thelengthof thevectorX, viz.
(I xi

max

{X]

.n Ixn)

X = (xi,.**, x,)

and

Y =(y,

**,yn),

## and a belongs to .-, then we write

X +T Y = (Xi +- Yl **
aX
XY

IX

(2)

aXI = IaIIX

(3)
(4)

IXFYI

(ax,,

n
E

h-1

(1)

Xn+T Yn),

,
aXn)

XhYh

## ? 0, with equality if and only if X = (0.*.

Iifaisanyelementof

, 0) = 0;

9;

wmax(I XlIY);

iXY I ?IXI

Y.

If Z is any sub-ring of R, and X"), ... , Xtr) are vectors in Pn , then these
are called TZ-dependent,or Z-indepcndent, according as there exist, or do not
exist elements al , '

aiX

")

*** +

arX(r) =

0.

## A set of vectors of P,, is called a '-modul, if with X and Y it also contains

aX + bY, wherea and b are arbitraryelementsof ); the modul has the dimen'1 This means that the function I x I satisfies the conditions:

oI = 0, but I x

I xy

X T Y !I

Ix

> 0 for x \$ 0,

11y 1,

rMax(I X 1, YI)

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sion m, if there are an, but not m + 1, Z-independent elements in it. The dimensionof a Tr-modulis at most n, while that of any other class of moduli need
not be finite.
2. The distance functionF(X). A functionF(X) of the variable point X
in P. is called a generaldistance function,if it has the properties:
F(X) _ 0;

(A):

(B):

(C):

## it is called a special distance functionor simply a distance function,if instead

of (A) it satisfies,the strongercondition
F(X) > O forX # 0.

(A'):
If

F(X) <

## is called a convex set;2 if F(X) is a special distance function,then it is called a

convex body. It is clear from the definitionof F(X) that a convex set C(r)
contains the origin0, and that with Y and Y also aX + bY belong to it, if a
and b are elements of f such that I a I < 1, I b << 1. Further,if
E(1)

(1, O 1..

I]

0),

(O)i..1

E(2

...

0))

En)=(.O*-,1

X = xiE(l) +

i.e. F(X) ?

+ xnE(n),

max

h-1,2,- **,n

(IxhiF(E(h))),

and therefore

(5)

r=

max (F(E

h-1,2.

^))).

,* n

## C(T) contains thereforeall points of the cube

IXI

<.

We prove now that for special distancefunctionsthereis a second positiveconstantay,such thatfor all points in Pn
F(X)

(6)

yI X

1.

We consider only convex sets and bodies as defined; they are obviously symmetrical
with respect to the origin.
2

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PROOF:
We assume that (6) is not true and show that this leads to a contradiction.
By hypothesis,there is an infinitesequence S of points
X(h)

(Xh)

(h

#0

,X(h))

..

1, 2, 3,

*..),

such that
Fj

F(Xh)

Since
F(X)
IX I

F(aX)

I aX I

X()

lim F(X(h)) = 0

h%-o

1,

## so that in particular the n real sequences

|X(

|, |X

,(i)

X
,X(2)

(k = 1, 2, *.. ,n)

are bounded.
Hence we can replace S by an infinitesub-sequence which we again call S:
, sueb that the n real limits
X(1),
X(2),
X(3),
(7)

ak =

lim

(k =1,

I Xk |h

h-0X

2, ..*,

n)

max

k- 1,2,.* * , n

ak=1.

## We call S a sequence of rank m, if exactly m of the limitsa,, a2, ..* , an do not

vanish; without loss of generality,these are the m firstlimits al, a2, .**, a".
Obviously 1 ? m _ n.
If the rank m = 1, then forlarge h
iX()I=l,

and

(h) =

(h'

(1,h)

*,h)

U.,

Ekl)+ X*(h)

say, where
lim

|X*(h)

0.

h-0X

Hence by (5)

F(E(1)) = F

(_X*()

_<max

( (h))

II

F(X*(h))

_ ma

=<max(F(x(h)), r

X*(h)j)

and thereforefor h -*

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! 0, i.e. F(E())

0 < F(E(')
which is not true.
Hence the rank m

'S

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=0,

Put

2.

xi(gh)

X(g)

X(h)

Xm

Xm

A(g
h)

< max

F (X

F (X

<

and therefore

limF(X(Q'))

0.

h-0X
g-4m0

## Two cases are now possible:

a: The limit

lim IX(g.)

limmax (I x(gA) |,

g-4

D--#00

hx?)

l)

h-oo

h-Xo

(h)

(8)

(k=

lrn

h-co

Xmn

1,2, ***, n)

x*

lim 1 = 1,

so that
if*

(X1,*--

Xn

i4

0.

F(X*) = lim F
h-co

\ 1h)
~~X~~h)
limF(X(h))0
) am

\Xm

amnh--*o

b: The limit
lim X gh

g-4m0

h-oo

## 3 If e > O is given, then there is a a > O, such that| F(X)

as follows easily from the properties (B), (C), and (5).

-F(Y)

I < e for X-

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## fromzero. That implies that at

eitherdoes not exist, or exists and is different
least one of the limits (8) does not exist. Now obviously
lim

(k

I=

l X(g'h)

g-900

= m, m + 1***,n),

h-oo

## since for large g, h

XMh)

0;

kx(Qh)

_
Xmh

Xi

Xm(g

(i xk

ikmax m
am

i,

j)

Xk

(k = m + 1,

,n).

Hence the index IA of this non-existinglimit (8) is < m - 1. For this index,
lim x,,X

g-Xoo
h-oo

either does not exist or exists and is differentfrom zero. Hence there is an
infiniteone-dimensionalsub-sequence

(i = 1, 2, 3, *.)

X(h)

(9)
of the double sequence X(

h),

I >

I X(g"hi

## wherec is a positive constant. Further obviously

lim F(X(g'

h)

O0

i-00

limi x (2\$hi)I = 0

(k =m, m + 1,

,n),

i-00

## and all m - 1 firstcoordinates

(k =1, 2, ... ,m -1)

X(g,,hi)
are bounded fori m*.
Let i,, foreveryi, be the coordinate

(k

X(gihi)
of maximumvalue Jx(2;ih;)

1, 2,

**

,m - 1)

J;hence

| it | >-C,

I I

since

i.

X(gi i Ihii)

(j

1, 2, 3,

..

## of the sequence (9), such that, if

X -)

Xoi

aii

(xj

Xn

(j= 1, 2, 3, ... ),

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lim ix(|

(k = 1, 2, ...,

=a

n)

max (al,...

+
am= a =+l

an)=1,

=an=O.

and
0 ? lim F(X'(j))

<

i-*oo

lim F(X(Q

,hii))

0,

i.e.

lim F(X'(j))
0

j-400,

0,

## Thereforethe new sequence S'

X/(1)

X/(2))XIW3

has the same propertiesas S, but is of lower rank. Hence by induction with
respect to the rank, a contradictionfollowsalso in this case.By the inequality (6), all points of the convex body C(r) lie in the finitecube
lX

## a convex body is thereforebounded. Conversely, if a convex set is bounded,

then it is a convex body. For if its distance functionF(X) is not special, then
thereis at least one point X(0) 5 0, such that F(X(?)) = 0; hence all points of
the straightline passing throughX(?) and the origin 0 belong to the set.
3. The character of a convex body. Let C(r) be a convex body, F(X) its
distance function. If X' - 0 is an arbitraryvector, then the point X = aX',
where a is an element of S, lies in C(r) provided that Ja I is either sufficiently
small and positive, or 0. Hence for every index h = 1, 2, *., n, the set Sh
of all points
X = (xi,

with

,xn)

x=

Xh-1= O

Xh# O

of elements. By (6),
of C(r) is not empty and contains an infinity,
| Xh |<

## forthe points of Sh. Therefore x,

I Jhas a positive upper bound
and to every e > 0 there is a point
Xh

*=

(x (h)

th

in this set,

(h),

for which
F(Xt

) <

7r

Xh-le =0

?_

1+

<

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F(X)?r -,

**=Xh=O,

X=*

Xh

>

(1)

x,,2)

x,(n)

writtenas
X = ul.X?() +

+ UneX ')

n

k
Uhe

k-1

(h =

ahke Xk

1, 2, *,n)

with a matrix
(ahke)

h o1 92, *,n

## of non-vanishingdeterminantand elements depending on e, but not on X.

We distinguishnow whetherthe valuation i x i of S, is discreteor not.
If i x i is discrete,then thereis a constant b > 1, such that forall x F 0 in
I xj = bg
4 If I x I is discreet,then u'(X) has a similar property: The set a of its values for X in
Pn has no pointof accumulationexcept0. This is clear forn = 1, forthen all vectors are

multipla of the unit vector (1). Suppose that the statementhas already been proved for
all spaces of n - 1 dimensions,but that it is not true in Pn . There is thereforean infinite
sequence 2 of points
X(k) =

(X(k),

(k = 1,2,3,*

X(*))

..

F(X(1)),

F(X(2)),

F(X(3)),

lim F(X(k)

= X

k-_o

Write
X(k)

Xjk) E()

X(k)*

(k =

1, 2, 3,

1, 2, 3,

*..)

where
X()*=

## lies in the (n - l)-dimensional

2:; hence we may assume that

(0,

X(k),

## subspace Pnp1: xi = 0, of Pn.

lim I x(*) J =

k-ao

(k

x(k))

By (6),

x(k) I is bounded in

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## with a rational integerg depending oil x.

satisfiesthe equations
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## In this case the set of values I x

(h = 1,2 ... * n)

forall sufficiently
small e. We assume that e is sufficiently
small and omit the
index e. Put
4P(X)

(Ilu 1,*

r max

I, ua

1) = r

max

h-1,2,- * *,n

(E

k-1

ahkXk)

Theii obviously
F(X) ? X,

if

+,(X) <

T.

I X1I - 41
and therefore
lul

lxii?(1) 1.

=
-

## we can replace ^ by an infinitesubsequence. If ,

since, if necessary,

sufficientlylarge k

F(X(k))

## so that the sequence

hypothesis on P,1.
Hence if

X(1)*, X(2)*,

Xjk+1)

X(3)*,

4~k)

q(k),

F(X(k*))

...

lim I q(k) 1

then

1,

## so that for all sufficientlylarge k

q(k)

1.

Obviously
X*(k)
lies in P,j1,

q(k)X(k) =X(k+l)*

X(k+-)

q(k)X(k)*

F(X(k))

F(q(k)X(k))

\$ F(X(k+l)).

Hence
F(X*(k))

## Therefore the sequence of positive numbers

F(X*(l)),

F(X*(2)), F(X*(2)),

contains an infinityof differentelements and has the limit X, so that again a contradiction
is obtained.

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Hence, if
,

U1X

(O,

En),

then
F(X')

I ul F(X('"))

<

T.

l X2

so that
1u2!

___

1.

?2l

Ix2)

Iu I _

1,*,unI<1,

t,

4)T(X) ?

if

F(X)

< r.

T

1~~~~~~~~
- mT(X)
=

CEhkXk

h-1,2, - -, n

jk-e

?1

## is called a parallelepiped; our result may thereforebe expressed in the form:

If thevaluationI x I is discrete,thaneveryconvexbodyC(r) is a parallelepiped.
As we have proved, the two domains

F(X) < r

and

dT (X)

<

## are identical. In general, this does not imply the identity'

F(X)

b(X)

for all X, and the function47(X) depends on r. Suppose, however, that the
set of values of F(X) is the same as that of the values of I x 1,and that r is also
an element of this set.6 Then
bT(X) = 4(X)
becomes independentof r, and forall X in Pnidentically
F(X) =

(10)

(X))

as followseasily fromthe property(B) of the distance functions.-E.g., if 91= R is the p-adic field(p > 3), n = 2, and
F(X)

## = max (I x1 |P, 2 | x2 Ip)

6
It sufficesto assume that F(X) does not assume every positive value, and that the
equation F(X) = T has no solution.

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Next assume that thevaluation j x I is not discrete,so that its values lie everywheredense on thepositivereal axis. Now the n vectors
x

X (2)

(1)

(n)

4TE(X)

max

(I Uh, I)

h-1,2,---,n

max

(
\

h-1,2,-,n

k-1

ahkeXk

Evidently
F (X)

r.

(11)

if

bTf(X)

Then

xI <?
and therefore
I Ulfl

-(l) I < 1+

Ui I

Hence, if
X,

UlfXI)

xi

(0,

then

F(X')

< (1 + ()r.

F(XYe) ? j

(1 + O)r, i.e.

|?;
Ijr

F(a1 X') _

T-

Hence
4

?
-2,

jalX2j

?-

(1 +

E)02,

and therefore

UeI

< (1+

jUE

I2

so that, if

Xe

'U2eXf

(u u2eXel)
X? +-

(0, 0, X

***

4)

then

E)T

I Uhe

I <

(1

(h =

E)

hence
(12)

bT((X)

<

(1 +

E)

if F(X)

## From (11) and (12), since e > 0 is arbitrarilysmall:

<

1, 2,

n),

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If thevaluationi x I is everywhere
dense on thepositiveaxis, thentheconvex
bodyC(r) can be approximatedarbitrarily
near bothfromtheinside and outside
bymeansofparallelepipeds.
Take now, say r = 1 and put
'ib (X)

(Di(X)

max

h=1,2,-***,n

(|

ahkaXkcx)

k=1

4,(X)

## < I a I < (1 + E)cibe(X)

F(X) < |

and

< (1 + e)F(X).

Hence from(11)
F

(a)1

.(,,)

F (X) _ 1a _ ( + e) 4,(X),

and from(12)
F (X)<_ 1,

(e

(1 +

E)n,

be,(X)

(1

E)I

n<

(1

.) n+1 'F(X)

and thereforeuniformlyin X
(1 +

(13)

F(X) ? (1 + e)16(X).

?(X)

E)-(n+l).

## In general,these inequalitiescannot be improvedto an equation analogous to

(10), e.g. ifF(X) = r has no solution.
4. The characterof a convex set. If F(X) is not special, then the set M of
all solutionsof F(X) = 0 containselementsotherthan X = 0. From (B) and
(C), with X and Y also aX + bY belongsto M, if a and b are elementsof R.
Hence M is a t-modul,say of dimensionn - m. Obviouslym < n; it is possible that m = 0, but then F(X) vanishes identicallyand C(r) is the whole
space. Suppose therefore,
that 1 < m < n1, and let
p(m+l)

be n

p(m+2)

p(n)

mg-independentelementsof M,
p(l)

p(m)

p(2)I...

p(l)

p(n)

p(2))..

X

.-*,

v1P(

) +

v. of f, viz.
Vh =

* +

n
Z fhkXk

k=1

VnP(n)

## (h = 1,2, ..., n),

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wherethe constantmatrixin ?
(flhk)h,k=1,2,...,n

## has non-vanishingdeterminant. Since

n

h=m+l

=0 O

VkP)

we have
F(X)

= F(

vP(h)

=*(V)

where
n

n
*(Vt)

Vm) =

@*

(VI,

fkl

kXA;

#nkXk)

space Pmof
is now obviouslya special distance functionin the m-dimensional
all points V = (vI, **, vm). Every convex set with m > 0 can therefore
be consideredas a cylinder,the basis of whichis a convexbody of m < n dimensions.
5. The polar body of C(X). Let F(X) be the generaldistancefunctionof ?4,
Y an arbitraryvectorin P,. Then we definea functionG(Y) by
(14) G(O) = 0; G(Y) = lim sup (I XY j) forall X withF(X)

1, if Y F 0.

Q(2), ...

Q(l)

Q(n)

p(h)

Q(W)

{1 forh =
forh

k,
,
ky

and write
Y = w1Q() +?

WnQ

then
n

WA =

(h

hkYk

Be
k=1

## wherethe determinantof the matrixin St

(7/hk)h,k=1,2,...,n

## does not vanish. Then

XY

V1W1 +

Vn~n

1, 2, *.*.* n),

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Hence obviously

G(Y) = x,

unless

= Wn = 0.

wm+1=

Suppose thereforethat
(15)

W+l

Wm+2 -

Wn

and put
G(Y) X=(W)
where W
(16)

(wi,

X(0) = 0;

## X(W) = lim sup (I VWVI)forall Vwith'I'(V) _ 1, if W'

0,

so that the relation of X(W) to 4(V) is the same as that of G(Y) to 17(X).
By ?4, I(V) is a special distance function,and so is X(W), as follows easily
from(16) and the properties(A'), (B), and (C) of [(V).
We call G(Y) the polar functionto F(X); for ?n < n it is not itselfa distance
function,but becomes one in the m-dimensionalspace (15), where it coincides
with X(W). The set C'(1/r): G(Y) < 1/r, is furthercalled the polar set to
C(r); it lies entirely in (15) and here is identical with the convex body
X(W) = I/r.
Suppose now that rn = n, i.e. both F(X) and G(Y) are special distance functions; then the polar set C'(1 1-) becomes a convex body. We shall prove that
in this case therelationbetweenF(X) and G(Y) is reciprocal,i.e. F(X) is the polar
functionto G(Y) and C(r) the polar body to C'(1/r).
This assertion is evident, if F(X) = X 1,for then obviously G(Y) = IYI.
Further let
=

(ahk)h,k-1,2,...,n;

(ahk)hk-1,2...,n

be an arbitrarymatrix in Pt with nonvanishingdeterminant,and its complementarymatrix,so that forall X and Y the scalar product7
UX4qKY

XY.

## Then the transformeddistance functionsG'(Y) = G( Y) and F'(X) = F(UX)

have still the propertythat the firstone is polar to the second, since
G'(Y)

= G(O KY)

= IiM

sup (I X.

F (X) S1

YI)

uiMsup (IOX.KYI)
F (fX)?1

= limsup (IXYI).
F ' (X)?1

Further,if F1(X) and F2(X) are two distance functionssuch that for all X
F1(X) <. 12 (X),
= (x,
7The vectorX'

, x )=QXis

definedbyx,

aEd

X for
1,2,*
h=

, n.

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then the polar distance functions G1(Y) and G2(Y) satisfy the inverted inequality

## We distinguishI1ow the same two cases as in ?3.

discrete,then we showed the existenceof a matrix
A

If the valuation I x I is

(ahk)hL,k=1,2,...,,

## in f with determinantdifferentfromzero, such that

identically in X.

F(X) = D(X) = I AX I
The polar functionto F(X) is therefore

G(Y) = IAKYI,
and since (AK)K = A, the statementfollowsat once.-I-n this case, the definition
of G(Y) can obviously be replaced by the simpler one:

## ~~G(Y) =max IXYI

(17)

x&o F(X)
( )
(17)
Secondly, let I x I be everywheredense on the positive real axis. Then to
every 5 > 0, thereare two matrices

A1=

and

(c))h,A=1,2,...,n

A2 = (ahk )h,k-1,2,...,n

## in 9 with non-vanishingdeterminants,such that if

F1(X)

| A1X I,

F2(X)

| A2X

then forall X
F1(X) < F(X) ? F2(X)
as follows easily from (13). Hence if

G1(Y) =

AKYI,

(1 + 5)F1(X),

G2(Y)

A YI

=I

## are the polar functionsto F(X) and F(X), then also

G2(Y) < G(Y) < G,(Y);
and8
G2(Y)'
8

(1 + 26)G1(Y)

## There is a number a in f sUhelthat

1 +

TlieIi by hypothesis

6 ?

polar
IFIA)

<

1 +

26.

(1 + 6)1F2(X) _ F22(aX)

Hence
1+26

ys tlle polar
since

fulletioll

to P'.(a.X)

Y) <
is G,.a

G2

(Y),

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## forall Y. Since 6 can be taken arbitrarilysmall,the assertionfollowsagain for

the same reason.-In this case, the definitionof G(Y) is easily replaced by
G(Y) = lim sup IXY
X31o F(X)'

(17')

By the proved reciprocityof F(X) and G(Y), the formulae(17) and (17') remain trueif G(Y) is replacedby F(X) and vice versa.
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## 6. Notation. We specialize now the fields9S and 9 of ?1, and denote by

field,
f an arbitrary
z an indeterminate,
in C,
4k[z] theringofall polynomialsin z withcoefficients
? = k(z) thequotient
fieldof Z, i.e. thefieldof all rationalfunctionsin z with
in a,
coefficients
the special valuationof ? definedby
IxI
0=

if x =0,

1ef, if x \$ O is oforderf,9
t theperfect
extensionof 9Twithrespectto thisvaluation,i.e. thefieldof
Laurent
series
all formal
X =

afZf + afiZf-'

afr2-2Z

...

withhighest
in f; if af is thenon-vanishing
coefficient
withcoefficients
index 0, thenIx = e
An thesetofall "latticepoints"in Pn, i.e. thatofall pointswithcoordinates
in Z.
The valuation I x I is by definitiona powerof e withintegralexponent. We
assumethe same forall distancefunctionswhichwe considerfromnow onwards,
and we shall consideronlyconvexsets or bodies C(r), wherer is an exact power
ofe, say r- = e.
7. The volume V of a convex body C(1). Let F(X) be a special distance
function,C(et) the convexbody F(X) < et,wheret is an arbitraryinteger. It is
obvious that the set m(t) of all lattice pointsin C(e') formsa f-modul. In the
special case F(X) = X 1,this set has exactly
Mo](t)= n(t + 1)
elements. Hence, by theinequalities(5) and (6), m(t)has always
C-independent
a finitedimensionAM(t),and thisdimensionis certainlypositiveforlarge t.
9 The order of a rational function is the degree of its numerator minus the degree of its
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Obviously
Mo(t + 1) = Mo(t) + n.

(18)

>

et

## Then a lattice point in C(et+l) can be writtenas

X = Xo + zX1,
whereX0 and Xi are again lattice points, and the coordinates of X0 lie in t, i.e.
X0j ? 1,

F(Xo) ? r ? et+'.

Hence

F(Xi) ? et,

et'+

## so that X1 lies in m(t). Conversely,if Xi belongs to m(t), then

F(X) ? max (F(zX1), F(Xo)) ? e".
Now the two vectorsXo and zX1, whereXo and X1 are lattice points and I xo0 <
1, are f-independent,and the X0 forma f-modulof dimension n. Hence
M(t + 1) = M(t) + n.

(19)

The two equations (18) and (19) show that for large t, the functionM(t)
Mo(t) of t is independent of t. Hence the limit
V

(20)

lim eM(t)-Ho(t)

t-00

## exists; it is called the volumeof theconvexbodyC(1).10 In particular,if F(X)

X 1,then obviously V = 1.
8. The invariance of V.
Q

Let

(ahk)h,k=1,2,...,

and Q' =

(ahkJhk==1,2...,n

## be a matrixwith elementsin S and determinantD # 0, and its inversematrix.

The linear transformation

Y = OX or X = Q

F(Y)

= F(X) =F(QY);

of C'(1). Then
(21)

<

et,

## and V' the volume

V' = ID IV.

10Thisdefinition
is analogousto thatofthevolumeofa bodybymeansoflatticepointB
in an ordinary
reaispace.

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## PROOF: We denote by m'(t) the r-modulof all lattice points in C'(e'), by

M'(t) the dimensionof m'(t), and prove the statementin a numberof steps.
1: The elementsof S lie in ?, and D belongs to f.
The formulaeY = QX, X = W'Y establish a (1, 1)-correspondencebetween
the elementsX of m(t) and Y of m'(t). Obviously,this correspondencechanges
every linear relation

a1Xl

+ *

+ arX( )

withcoefficients
in f into the identical relationin the Y's, and vice versa; therefore f-independentelements of m(t) or m'(t) are transformedinto f-independent members of the other modul. Hence both moduls have the same
dimension:M(t) = M'(t), q.e.d.
2: Q is a trianglematrix
all
0

a2l a22
an2

an,

...

ann

an

D = alla22...

0.

y,

a11x1,

Y2

a21X1

Yn =

an1X1 +

a2X2,

an2X2 +

annuX;

## henceeverylattice point Y can be writtenas11

Y = OX* + Y*1
whereX* and Y* are again lattice points and Y*
inequalities
Iy* I <

Therefore

I all

I y*
2 I|<

I a22

|,

(yr, *

..
** Y*l2|o

<

y) satisfiesthe

|jann |Ia

## wherecl is a positive constantdependingonly on Q, and r' is the constantin (5)

belongingto F'(Y ). The set of all vectors Y* formsa f-modulm* of dimension d, where
ed =

IaiiI1a221 ...

Iann

IDI.

11We use the trivial lemma: "To a and b = 0 in Z thereis a q and an r in X, such that
a = bq + r and I r i < i b 1.

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## Let t be so large that

e' _ cC'.
Then for X* in m(t)
F'(Y)

= F(Q'Y)

< e',

F(X* + Qi2Y*)

et,

et.

## There is thereforea (1, 1)-correspondencebetween the elements Y of m'(t) and

the pairs (X*, Y*) of one elementX* of m(t) and one element Y* of m*. Hence
M'(t) = M(t) + d, q.e.d.
3: The elementsof Q belong to Z.
The result follows immediately from the two previous steps, since Q, as is
well known,12can be writtenas Q = Q1Q22, wherethe two factorsare of the
classes 1 and 2.
4: The elementsof Q lie in S.
Now Q = QQ2 whereboth Qa and Qb are of the class 3, so that the statement
followsat once.
5: Q has elements in A, such that
ID I = 1,

I ahk l_ 1

(h,

k = 1, 2, ... , n).

Then the same inequalities hold for the inverse matrix Q?, so that for every
point X
IQXI _ AXIS

I XI =i2IQQX

_
I

QX

and therefore
X=

I.

IQXI = IQ

Now to every lattice point X thereis a second lattice point Y such that with
a suitable point Y*

QX= Y+

Y*

IY*

<

1;

then conversely
Q?Y = X + X*,

X*I < 1

and
X* = -QIY*

QX*

Y*.

The relation between X and Y is thereforea (1, 1)-correspondencewhich obviously leaves invariant the propertyof f-independence. Suppose that

e' > r.
12 This can be proved, e.g.
by a method analogous to Minkowki's "adaptation"
tice; Geometrie der Zahlen ?46.

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and therefore
F'(Y)

= F(i'Y)

< et,

## so that Y lies in m'(t); conversely,if Y belongs to m'(t). then X is an element

of m(t). Hence M(t) = M'(t), q.e.d.
6: Finally, let Q have elementsin R. Then it can be split into

Q = Q4 + Q*
whereU24is of the class 4, while the elements of Q* lie in 9 and have so small
values that
is of the class 5. Then the resultfollowsat once, since Q = Q4Q5
Two conclusions are immediate from (21). The convex body C(et), i.e.
F(z-'X') ? 1, is obtained fromC(1) by the transformationX' = ztX; hence
it has the volume V(e') = entV. Secondly, let G(Y) be thepolar distancefunctionto F(X), and V' thevolumeof theconvexbodyC'(1), i.e. G(Y) ? 1. Then V
and V' are relatedby theequation
VV'=

(22)

1.

F(X) =

and

AX|

G(Y)

AKY 1,

hence
V=

and

QAI)

V'a=

(IAkIj)-

IA

## the statement is thereforeobvious.

To the distance function F(X), there exist n R-

## 9. The minima of F(X).

independentlattice points

Xik

(Xk)

x(k)

(k = 1, 2, *

, n),

such that

F(X 2))

o(2)

F(X(n))= (n)

egn

f2-independent

## is theminimumofF(X) in all latticepointsX whichare

X(2) ... , x(n-1)
2-independent of Xylem

## The numbers -(1) (2), * * , a- are called then successiveminima ofF(X).

this construction,the determinant
D

|~

Ihk==1,2,..n

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(23)

<

<

(n)

...?<.

and

<1-<2<*..-gn

IDI = 1,

(24)
(25)

a()

(n) =

(2)

## in the second one, V is again the volume of C(1). Thus, in particular,D is an

elementof F, and may obviouslybe takenas equal to 1.
A: PROOF OF (24). Every point X in Pn can be writtenas
X = y1X( ) +

* ** +

wherethe y's are elementsof R. Then the coordinatesXhof X are linear functions with determinantD of the coordinates Yh of Y = (y1, * , yn). We
definea new distance functionI1(X) by
I1(X) = I Y
By (21), the convex body 11(X) < 1 has the volume I D 1; we determineit in
the followingway:
If X is a lattice point, their Y also has its coordinates yhin Z. For since
with Y also X is obviously a lattice point, we may-assume without loss of
generalitythat
(26)

IY < 1,

II(X) =

## and have to show that no lattice point X F 0 satisfiesthis inequality. Let m,

where 1 < m < n, be the greatest index for which ymid 0. Thei
X

jE

h-1

XhX,

X(l

e.

X(m-1)

## are T-independentlattice points, and by (26)

F(X) ? max (I yl F(X(l)),

('

## in contradictionto the minimumpropertyof jm)*

Hence there are exactly Mi(t) = n(t + 1) f-independentlattice points such
that 11(X) < et,viz. all points correspondingto a basis of f-independentpoints
Y with I Y I < Ct. Therefore
DI =
B: PROOF OF (25).
writtenas

ne

(t)-

_ 1

t-00

q.e.d.

X =

YJZ-gX~l)

Z-tnX(n7

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## wherethe y's belongto fP. Let .(X) be the distancefunctiongivenby

z(X)

jYj.

Since
(h = 1, 2, ** , n),

F(z-g?^X(^) = 1

obviously
F(X) < 1, if 2:(X) _ 1.
But the converseis also true:If
F(X) ? 1, then 2(X) ? 1,
and therefore
evidently

IY I,

F(X) = 2(X) =

identically
in X.
For supposethaton the contrary
fora certainpointX in Pn
F(X) ? 1, but 2(X) > 1.
Thenlet m with1 < m ? n be thegreatestindexforwhichI YmI > 1; hence
if m < n

Ym+l|1

@*X|Yn |_1

Write
Yh =

zyh +

(h = 1, 2, ..

Yh

n),

## wherethe yZ are elementsof X, the yh**elementsof 9, and

Ym506 01

Ym+l

Yn = ?0,

Yn |S

,*

and put
Y = (y1,

yn)

= (Y1

Yn*)

so that
Y = zY* + Y**.
Obviously,Y* is a latticepoint,Y** a pointsuch that Y** < 1. Alsowrite
n
m
n
X*

h-1

Z yghX

zgOAX(h)

h-1

so that

X = zX* + X**.
Then fromZ:(X**) =

Y**

1,
F(X**) ? 1.

X** =

h-1

-h

(h)

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Hence
F(zX*) < max (F(X), F(X**)) < 1,

F(X*) < 1,

and
F(X0) <

whereX0 = z"X*.
points

(i)

sincethe m lattice
is impossible,
This inequality,however,

XO=

m
E

h-1

X)X

yAm-ghX(h)

X(-)

...

## F(X(?') -> (r(m).

(27) is true,so thatby the invariancetheoremof ?8
Therefore
V

(1) a(2)

=(~)a2

(n)

.1

~)-

## of X into Y has the determinant

sincethe transformation
* +g3)

Dz-(g1+g2+

proved.
The equation(25) is therefore
Fromthisequationand from(23) in particular
(1)

<

F (X) <

V1

a

(1)

(2)

*.

(n)

a,

## thuscertainlynot,if V is not an integralpowerofen.

10. The relationsbetweenthe minimaof F(X) and G(Y). To the n lattice
n points
pointsX), X2 *... ,IX-n) definedin thelast paragraph,we construct
y(l)

y(2)

(27)

since I D
numbers
(28)

y(n)

satisfying

X(h) y(n-k+l)

=1

for h = k

t0 for h sPk;
= 1, thesepointsare latticepoints. XWe
definen positive
further

~(n-h+l)

(h

= 1 2 ...

n),

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so that
?

(29)

<

(1) <

r(2) <

n)

<

and

j1

-< j2

-< * ..<

Jn

(30)

F(X) =

(31)

G(Y) =

max

(a(h)

| Xy(n-h+l)

I)

max

(r(h)

i YX(n-h+l)

I)

h-1,2, ** n
h=1,2,- * *,n

## thus in an entirelysymmetricalway. For we proved in the precedingparagraph

that if X is writtenas
n

Z yhz

X =

(32)

X(h)

h=1

then

F(X) = |Y,

Y=

Z * (XY(

Yh =

* yn)

(Y1,Y2X
*Y

(h =

1, 2, *

, n)

## and therefore(30). The formula (31) is a consequence of (30) by the results

in ?5.13
From (27) and (31)
(33)

(h) = ejh.

G(y(h))

## We prove now that these numbers-(h) in theirnatural orderare the n successive

minimaof G(Y) in An. Obviously it sufficesto show that if
g(1)

(2)

Z(n)

G (Z 1)) <
13

G(Z(2))

<

G (Z(n)),

..<

## We can prove (31) directly in the following way: Obviously

n

X =

E3(XY(n-h+l))X(h),

h-1

## where the brackets are again the scalar products.

G(Y)

= max (I XY l) = max(

## Hence from (14)

(XY(nh+1))(X(h)Y)

where the maximum extends over all points X of C(1), i.e. for which
|XY(n-hil)

|'

1_

= 7(n-h+l)

(h = 1, 2, .,

n).

By choosing X such that there is equality in one of these conditions, but that all other
vanish, the assertionfollowsafterreplacing h by n - h + 1.

scalar productsXY(n-h+1)

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then

G(Zh

h)

(yh)

Considerthe n + 1 vectors
(1)

X(2)Y.

.I

(n-h+l)

z(h)

Z(1)IZ(2)

i

XWiZ(j)

-11

2) ..

n -h + 1)

## do not all vanish simultaneously,and at least one of them, say X(')Z(j), is

fromzero. Since it is an elementof Z, therefore
different
X(i)Z(j) I > 1.
Now by (17)
l XY

I _ F(X)G(Y),

Therefore

## 1 ? |X" Zi'j ? F(X('))G(Z(j)) ? F(X(nh+l))G(Z(h))

as was to be proved.
From (28) and (29) in particular
(34)

(1)\~
/n1v-1n1~

(1 <

## so that if the minimumof F(X) in ? is small,thenthe same is trueforthat of

G(Y), and vice versa.
11. The relationbetweenthe homogeneousand the inhomogeneousproblem.
The reciprocityformulaeof the precedingparagraph can be applied to inhomogeneousproblems. Let P be an arbitrarypoint in Pn whichis not necessarilya latticepoint; it can be writtenas
P = p1X"'

...

(8)

Ph =

Xh+

rh

(h

= 1, 2,

n),

|rh

14

<-

## The minimav(h) of F(X) have the analogous property.

(h = 1, 2, ... ,n).

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## Then the latticepoint X = (xi,

MAHLER

,
*,n)
satisfiesthe inequality

*.

F(P + X) =F(ZrhXc))

(n)

<

or by (28)

F(P + X)

(35)

## This inequalitycannotin generalbe improved,

since

F(1 ~~X(n)
+ X)>eTl

(36)
(36)F

of the
forall lattice pointsX, as followsimmediatelyfromthe Se-independence
n vectors
XM I X(2

* n**,

n
X)

ZX.

## These twoinequalities(35) and (36) relatethe inhomogeneous

F-problemto the
homogeneous
G-problem,in analogy with similar relations in many parts of
mathematics.
As an application,considerthe two polar distancefunctions
F(X)

max (l axn

xi 1, **

t IX

## where t is a positive integer. Assume that the numbers1, al, ...

T-independent, so that forall lattice points Y = (Yi, **, yn) \$ 0
aiyi +

* - - + an-lyn-1

+ Yn 5\$

I,an- are

0.

T(1)

)*

0)C

## Hence by (35), foreverye > 0 and foreverypointP = (pi, *

latticepoint X = (X1, * , Xn) satisfyingtheinequalities

I alXn

X1 + pi I < e, - - * ,I an-lXn-Xn-

+ Pn-1

, pn)

thereis a

|<E

## Thus we have establisheda resultanalogous to Kronecker'stheorem.

12. A propertyof matrices. Let
Q =

(ahk)hk=1,2, .*,n

be a matrixin S withdeterminant
1; thenthereis a matrix
UT =

## (uhk )hk 12e

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1, such thattheproductmatrix
in Z and determinant
withelements
Qi* =(a~h)h,k=1,2,

U=

..

satisfiestheequation

max (a~I)=1

h=1 k=1,2,- ,

PROOF

:15

F(X)

the n minima

max2.,n

XI)

Z:ahk

,X~n

...

F(X (h))

=-

Xk

of determinant D

(h

(h)

=1,

such that

=1,

2, ..

n)

satisfy

Let~XX=(xk,

n.

(h)~~,,-,

## with elements in Z and determinant 1. We introduce new coordinates

,i ..1Yn by putting

X = yiX('1+..

i.e., Xh

YnXn

thenF(X) changesinto
F(X)

F'(Y)

max

(h =1,2,.n)

x X~k

aikk)

where
=a

The n points X

=X(h)

oix.

kh~==,

into Y
are transformed
FP(E (h))

E
E(h) (h

(h)

,n);

hence

1, 2, .

n,

1, 2, ...
(h

that is

(37)

ahkI
max~~~~~~(

()(k

=1, 2, ...

,n).

15Ananalogous
in the real fieldwas provedsome timeago by C. L. Siegel in
theorem
a letterto L. J. Mordell. The presentproofand theorem,thoughnot stated in Siegel's
paper,are obtainedfromit withonlyslightchangesby makinguse of the resultsin ?9.

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|
jAd <(1)f

(38)

(2) ...

a(i)

## On the otherhand, any determinantA of orderm can be writtenas

A

n
=

xahth,
h=1

where the ah are the elementsof its last column,and the ah their cofactors;
therefore
max

({6h|)

h-1,2t* * -,n

Al

>

max

h=1,2, * n

(iah DV}

## We apply thisinequalityrepeatedlyto the determinant

(1)

An

(n)

(2)

o' **.o'
1oof ?2'and use (37) and (38); thenit followsthat thereexists
an (n - 1)th orderminorAn-, ofAnformedfromthen - 1 firstcolumnsof R'
and satisfying
(n-1)

## | Ao.1j =o (1), (2)

fromthen
an (n - 2)th orderminorAn-2ofAn-1formed
and satisfying
(2)

|I A~...2j~(1)

2 firstcolumnsofU'

(n-2);

satisfying
A2

(1)

(2)

## A1of A2 lyingin thefirstcolumnof i' and satisfying

and finallyan element

I A1I =

LT1.

Without loss of generality,we may assume that the determinantsso constructedare exactlythe principledeterminants

Iahk Ihk=1,2,-..

Ar =

(r = 1, 2,

*.

## We shall now constructa set of matricesof ordern

01 0 .-. O
0
...*g**

..*~

Um

g(f)

o2
.

n',i

0
1

O ...0 .
?

...
*

m rows
?

1)

in-m
1
1
t~~~~~i

rows

(m

*
1) 22

n).

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GEOMETRY OF NUMBERS

## where the g's lie in Z, and Ui is the unit matrix. If

Ur =

Qm = Q'U1U2 *

and forh, k=

then Qi-=',
ahk

ah%

(a(k

1, 2,

)hk1,2

...

n),

1, 2, *,n

if k # m, and

qfma

...

t +

g(m2a)aa-.

The n principaldeterminantsof Om
ahk

Ar=

(r =

hki,2,...,r

1, 2,

n)

. .,

## are thereforeequal to the corresponding ones of Om-,and so of !2'.

By construction, the elements of Q1 satisfy the inequalities
l a (k) |

(h, k - 1, 2, ...*

<

n),

1, 2,

*..,n).

II1 2,

*.**,n)

## ***, Um-i were determined such that

1< a k)

Ia(m-')

(3)

(h

a ()

|a(')

(h, k

-<(

for h = 1, 2,

, n; k

*.

1, 2,

, m -1.

Then Ur, as we shall prove now, can be constructed such that Qr satisfies the
stronger inequalities

(40)

(
)

(hk

(k)

?ahk
|

cr

|<

foi h

., n; k=

12,

1,2,

**,

1, 2, *-,r.

a('

1y

...

+ ajm)

+ a rm-1n

th(y1,

...

7m-)

th

tl =

t2 =

**

tm-1 =

Am-iYr =
I)th

row

Hence

Ami

Am-,r
q(m)

If

(r

+:m-lr

On solving,
=

## order minor of Amobtained

whereeAm-,r,is the (m -

IYr!r

...n)

0.

1,2,

and

(h

fi'om

of Urn, now

be

1),

(m)

(r)
the

I ain)

(37),
(mi)

O'(1)

<

- ,.m

1, 2,

number
Yrl

<I 1

>
in Z

satisfying

(r

1.2

the
*..

inequality

1m

),

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so that
(?n)

## Then fromthe firstsystem of inequalities (39) forh = 1, 2, ... , n

1
)
g~n-)I)= gim a~l + ...+ g9m-1ahm-1+ahm
=
|(qi
t
,~

(i)

/ (m)

_?max

## and fromthe second systemforh = 1, 2,

| (m) |=

|th(9()
-=t

g(m)

(qf9f

* *-

* v(1)
,

*..

\
(m-i)

(m)

(mi)

9 (M

y1)aM

(gqMZ -

ym-Dahm1i"-

<

Since the remaininginequalities (40) are contained in (39), the matrix Um has
the required property. Hence if
U1 = XUI U2 * *

## then this matrixsatisfiesthe statement of our theorem.

13. A propertyof the product of n inhomogeneous linear polynomials in n

variables. Let 52 =

(ahk)hk-1,2,.. ,n

be again a matrixwithelementsin ? of

## determinant1. We formthe distance function

ce
wherefi, f2

F(X If)

max

h91,2,. .n

I ahlX1

(efh

ah2x2

ahnXn

I),

, fn
are n integerssuch that fi + * + fn= 0. By the theoremoflast paragraph,thereis a matrix U withelementsin Z and determinant1,
such that the product matrix
=
1U = (ahk)
.

satisfiesthe equation
n

IImax

h-1 k-1,2,

,n

(I ah*k)=1

## Let us choose the integersfh such that

(41)

e-h=

max

k-1,2,-**,n

(IahkZ)

and put
ahk = zh ahk
Then by the transformationX = U Y, F(X)
function

## F(X If0)= F'(Y)

(h,k = 2,*,
2.(hk1,

If0)changes into a

max (IaZ*y*+ *

h-1,2, * *,n

(h =1, 2, .. ,n)

n).

new distance

+ aZ,"yn1),

TO

ANALOGUE

519

GEOMNIETRY OF NUMBERS

'S

MINKOWSKI

## where now all coefficientsah** satisfy the inequalities I ak. I<

1, and their
determinantis still 1. Obviously, for all n,fa-independentvectors Y1() =E(1)
(2
,(1)
= E(n) the value of this function
y(2) = E
Y
1

FP(Yr(h)) <

(h = 1, 2,

n).

## Thereforeby the equation (25), necessarily

=

Ff()r(l))

F'(Y''9)

F'(Y-")

1,

and so all minima of F(X If0), where the fO's are given by (41), have the same
value 1, and in particular, the firstminimumof F(X f0)has the exact value
1
where V = 1 is the volume of F(X f0) ? 1.
As an application, let a1, a2, ... , an be any n elements of f, and q1l
tn
7 n elementsoff satisfyingthe equations

'12 X **

ah~l-0 +

If y1, Y2,

*X+

ahn

7h

ah

(h

=1, 2, ...

n).

yn
--Oh I

IYh

(h

1) 2,@n),

then obviously

## Hence thelattice point X

|

|ahlyl

ahlxl

(Xl

ahnyn +

X n) =

X,X2

ahnXn

ah

ah

(h

=1, 2, ...,

n).

U IY satisfies theinequalities
I

(h =

1,

2, ... , n),

n

TI

h=1

Iahlxl

On

ahn Xn +

ah I?<

## e.g. U is the unit matrix and all

ah,

lz.

14. Distance functionsin Mp. The field 9 of all rational functions with
coefficientsin f has valuations differentfrom the "infinite" valuation I x
.
whichexpressesthe behavior of x at the point z =
Let r be any elementof f, and p the "finite" point z = t. Then we definea
valuation I x Ioby puttingforx \$ 0
x I

=e

## wherefois that integer,for which neitherthe numeratornor the denominator

are divisible by z - t; we denote by Ro
of the simplifiedfraction (z - t)'fx

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MAHLER

## the perfectextensionof 9t with respectto this valuation; it consistsof all formal

Laurent series
X =

af(Z

CXf+1(Z -

;)f +

t)f+1

Caf+2(2 _

t)f+2

with coefficients
in r,and if af # 0, then I x = e-f.
Let now F(X) be any special distance functionof 9; we use it as the measure
for the size of X. Further let F(X I p) be a general distance functionof Rf.
Since
F((z

)f

e-fF(X

this distance functionmay assume arbitrarilysmall values, ifX lies in the modul
Anof all lattice points. By (5), there is a constant rp > 0 such that

) < rFIx

F(X
here forX = (xi,@

, x)
XIX

max (I xi

x,,

Hence
F(X

e-I

and C(e-t

<

## ) the convex set of all points X in Pn forwhich

F(X I p)

_ e-t.

Then the set m(- t | ,) of all lattice points ill C(e-t | ) contains with X and Y
also aX + bY, when a and b lie in Z; it is thereforean 5E-modul. By the
general theoryof polynomial ideals,'6 this modul has a basis of n lattice points
p

(k - 1, 2, *

(p(k)

, n),

such that everypointX in Anbelongsto m(- t I p), ifand onlyit can be writtenas
X = YiP(1) +

+ ynP(n) with y, *

,yn in H.

The determinant

D(-t) =

|(k)

h,k=1,2,-.-,n

0,

## and thereforethe number

A(-t)=

I D(-t)

is positive.
16 Compare the basis theoremin ?80 of van der Waerden's "Moderne Algebra", Vol. II,
1st ed.

521

F'(Y)

= F(X)

= F(QY),

52 = (p (k)

## The convex body F'(Y)

by the transformation(42).

V' =

## _ 1 has the volume

A\(-t)-1Vj

where V denotes the volume of F(X) < 1. By the results in ?9, there are n
, y(n) with determinant1, such that
lattice points y(l)
...

F(Y())

F(Y(n))

## The transformedlattice points X

..,

Q y(k)

X(k) =

_(Vt).

V.

X'n) given by
(k = 1, 2, ... , n)

X(k)

(X(k)

D(-t)

|IXh

|h,k=1,2,..-.n

## and satisfy the relations

F(X('))

*..

F(X(n)) =

t)

-(

(k = 1, 2, *.,n).

_ e-'

F(X?k)

IP= O(e-t).

I D(-t)

A(- t) = O(ent),

F(X | p) =

max

h=1,2,*

(I

ahlxl

ahnmXn-

Xn-m+h

Ip),

I ahk

lP <?1

(k

n)

1 2

-

akAhk

Hence, if Y1, *

## yn belong to Z, and x1!

Xi =

(42)

l < e-t

Xn-m+h =

(Z -

Yi, .*

b)tYn-m+h

Xn-m =
-

(k

Xn

1, 2,

..

In)

are defined by

Yn-m;

(Ahlyl +

Ahn-mYn-m),

(h = I1,2, .. * *,m),

then F(X Ip) < e-'. Let F'(Y) = F(X) be the special distance functionin 9
< 1 has the
derived from F(X) by the transformation(42). Then F'(Y)

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y()

MAHLER

IV

## = e-mV. Hence there are n M-independentlattice

of determinant1 such that
F'(Y~l))...

F'Y))

mt

= V

The n lattice points X(1,*..., Xn) derived fromthese by (42) have the determinant (z -)mt
and satisfythe conditions
mt

MANCHESTER,

ENGLAND.

(k = 1, 2, * *

n).