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Yr are D-linearly independent (because so are 1 ⊗ w1 , . . , 1 ⊗ wr ), so they form a D-basis of J . As J is a two-sided ideal, for all d ∈ D we must have d −1 yi d ∈ J for 1 ≤ i ≤ r , so there exist βil ∈ D with d −1 yi d = βil yl . e. αi j ∈ k as D is central. This means that J can be generated by elements of K (viewed as a k-subalgebra of D ⊗k K via the embedding w → 1 ⊗ w). As K is a ﬁeld, we must have J ∩ K = K , so J = D ⊗k K . This shows that D ⊗k K is simple. 2. 7 imply that A ⊗k k¯ ∼ = Mn (k) ¯ n.

En be the standard basis of K n . Mapping a matrix M ∈ I1 to Me1 induces an isomorphism I1 ∼ = K n of n K -vector spaces, and thus λ induces an automorphism of K . As such, it is given by an invertible matrix C. We get that for all M ∈ Mn (K ), the endomorphism of K n deﬁned in the standard basis by λ(M) has matrix C MC −1 , whence the lemma. 2 The automorphism group of Mn (K ) is the projective general linear group PGLn (K ). Proof There is a natural homomorphism GLn (K ) → Aut(Mn (K )) mapping C ∈ GLn (K ) to the automorphism M → C MC −1 .

1 we see that there is an irreducible polynomial f ∈ k[x] and a k-algebra homomorphism k[x]/( f ) → D whose image contains d. But k being algebraically closed, we have k[x]/( f ) ∼ = k. 2 Splitting ﬁelds The last corollary enables one to give an alternative characterization of central simple algebras. 1 Let k be a ﬁeld and A a ﬁnite dimensional k-algebra. Then A is a central simple algebra if and only if there exist an integer n > 0 and a ﬁnite ﬁeld extension K |k so that A ⊗k K is isomorphic to the matrix ring Mn (K ).