Relative K_{0}, annihilators, Fitting ideals and the Stickelberger phenomena, by Victor Snaith

When $G$ is abelian and $l$ is a prime we show how elements of the relative K-group $K_{0}({\bf Z}_{l}[G], {\bf Q}_{l})$ give rise to annihilator/Fitting ideal relations of certain associated ${\bf Z}[G]$-modules. Examples of this phenomenon are ubiquitous. Particularly, we give examples in which $G$ is the Galois group of an extension of global fields and the resulting annihilator/Fitting ideal relation is closely connected to Stickelberger's Theorem and to the conjectures Coates-Sinnott and Brumer.

Victor Snaith <vps@maths.soton.ac.uk>