Planar nearrings on the Euclidean plane

Abstract

Planar near-rings are generalized rings which can serve as coordinate domains for geometric structures in which each pair of nonparallel lines has a unique point of intersection. It is known that all planar nearrings can be constructed from regular groups of automorphisms of groups which can be viewed as the “action groups” of the planar nearring. In this article, we study planar nearrings whose additive group is \({(\mathbb{R}^n,+)}\), in particular, n = 1 and 2. It is natural to study topological planar nearrings in this context, following ideas of the late Kenneth D. Magill, Jr. In the case of n = 1, we characterize all topological planar nearrings by their action groups \({(\mathbb{R}^*, \cdot)}\) or \({(\mathbb{R}^+, \cdot)}\). For n = 2, these action groups and the circle group \({(\mathbb{U}, \cdot)}\) seem to be the most interesting cases, but the last case can be excluded completely. As a consequence, we obtain characterizations of the semi-homogeneous continuous mappings from \({\mathbb{R}^n}\) to \({\mathbb{R}}\) for n = 1 and 2. Such a mapping f enjoys the property that f(f(u)v) = f(u)f(v) for all \({u,v \in \mathbb{R}^n}\). When \({f(\mathbb{R}^n) = \mathbb{R}^+}\), f is a positive homogeneous mapping of degree 1.

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Correspondence to Hubert Kiechle.

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In memory of Professor Kenneth D. Magill, Jr.

This work was supported by the “Fonds zur Föderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)”, project no. P 19463-N18.

W.-F. Ke Partially supported by the National Science Council, Taiwan, project no. 99-2115-M-006-008-MY3.

H. Kiechle Special thanks to the JKU Linz and the NCKU Tainan for their hospitality and support.

G. Wendt Austrian Science Fund FWF under Project number 23689-N18.

G. Pilz Special thanks are due to the NCKU of Taiwan for the incredible hospitality and help.

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Ke, WF., Kiechle, H., Pilz, G. et al. Planar nearrings on the Euclidean plane. J. Geom. 105, 577–599 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00022-014-0221-7

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