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It follows from Wedderburn’s theorem and the previous remark that if A and B are two Brauer equivalent k-algebras of the same dimension, then A∼ = B. The set Br (K |k) (and hence also Br (k)) is equipped with a product operation induced by tensor product of k-algebras; indeed, the tensor product manifestly preserves Brauer equivalence. 8 The sets Br (K |k) and Br (k) equipped with the above product operation are abelian groups. 32 Central simple algebras and Galois descent Before proving the proposition, we recall a notion from ring theory: the opposite algebra A◦ of a k-algebra A is the k-algebra with the same underlying k-vector space as A, but in which the product of two elements x, y is given by the element yx with respect to the product in A.

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 ). 2 Let A be a ﬁnite dimensional k-algebra, and K |k a ﬁnite ﬁeld extension. The algebra A is central simple over k if and only if A ⊗k K is central simple over K .

One sees from the deﬁnition that each Brauer equivalence class contains (up to isomorphism) a unique division algebra. Thus we can also say that Br (K |k) classiﬁes division algebras split by K . It follows from Wedderburn’s theorem and the previous remark that if A and B are two Brauer equivalent k-algebras of the same dimension, then A∼ = B. The set Br (K |k) (and hence also Br (k)) is equipped with a product operation induced by tensor product of k-algebras; indeed, the tensor product manifestly preserves Brauer equivalence.