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Rupert
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The Weyl Algebra  Why is it not semisimple
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Mar 25, 2008 7:52 AM


Hi,
Going through some lecture notes for a rings and modules course and I've got a bit stuck on the result that the (first) Weyl Algebra, W, generated by x,D with DxxD=1 is not semisimple.
In my lecture notes the lecturer proved W has no finite dimensional representation (using traces of matrices), and by process of elimination I presume that this is meant to imply W is not semisimple. I notice (googling frantically) that "Infinite Length Modules", by Henning Krause, Claus Michael Ringel on page 131states the same result in what appears to be the same context, but I can't for the life of me work out why it helps!
Can anyone explain please?
Thanks,
Rupert



