## Arithmetic of Algebraic Curves (Monographs in Contemporary by Serguei A. Stepanov

By Serguei A. Stepanov

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The vector space V is like n-space over k with respect to the sup norm, and is thus complete with respect to the sup norm, because a sequence in V is Cauchy if and only if the sequences of coordinates with respect to the given basis are Cauchy (in k). From the equivalence of any norm with the sup norm, tue eonclude that V is eomplete tuith respect to any norm. All of this applies to a finite extension of k, which may be viewed as a normed vector space over k. Weshall be mostly concerned with the following examples.

Proposition 5. 11 o/p is finite, then 0 and U are compact. Prool. We observe that 0 is the projective limit of the finite groups O/pi and hence is compact. ) The same argument applies to U as a projective limit of U/U i . The U i form a fundamental system of neighborhoods of 1 in U. In view of Proposition 5, we conclude that a p-adic field is locally compact. As we remarked in the preceding section, every unit of a p-adic field sufficiently elose to 1 is an m-th power. Thus given a positive integer m, the index (U : um) is finite.

Let ao be an element 01 0 such that (here l' denotes the lormal derivative ai+1 01 f). Then the sequence I(ai) ai - l'(ai) = converges to a rooi a oll(X) in o. Furthermore, Ia Prool. Let c = - ao I =< II(ao)/I'(ao)21 < Il'(ao)2 I(ao) I < 1. 1. ~::~21 ~ c 2 ;. These three conditions obviously imply our proposition. If i = 0, they are hypotheses. By induction, assume them for i. ) I 1 I I(ai) 2 =< c2 ;g1ves · Iai+1 - ai I =< l'(ai) 2i C < 1, whence lai+11 ~ 1. (ii) lai+1 - aol ~ max{lai+1 - a,l, lai - aol} = c.