International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 22 (1999), Issue 3, Pages 617-628

On decomposable pseudofree groups

Dirk Scevenels

Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Apartat 50, Bellaterra E-08193, Spain

Received 16 October 1997

Copyright © 1999 Dirk Scevenels. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


An Abelian group is pseudofree of rank if it belongs to the extended genus of , i.e., its localization at every prime p is isomorphic to p. A pseudofree group can be studied through a sequence of rational matrices, the so-called sequential representation. Here, we use these sequential representations to study the relation between the product of extended genera of free Abelian groups and the extended genus of their direct sum. In particular, using sequential representations, we give a new proof of a result by Baer, stating that two direct sum decompositions into rank one groups of a completely decomposable pseudofree Abelian group are necessarily equivalent. On the other hand, sequential representations can also be used to exhibit examples of pseudofree groups having nonequivalent direct sum decompositions into indecomposable groups. However, since this cannot occur when using the notion of near-isomorphism rather than isomorphism, we conclude our work by giving a characterization of near-isomorphism for pseudofree groups in terms of their sequential representations.