bicyclic semigroup

The bicyclic semigroup 𝒞⁢(p,q) is the monoid generated by {p,q} with the single relation p⁢q=1.

The elements of 𝒞⁢(p,q) are all words of the form qn⁢pm for m,n≥0 (with the understanding p0=q0=1). These words are multiplied as follows:

qn⁢pm⁢qk⁢pl={qn+k-m⁢plif ⁢m≤k,qn⁢pl+m-kif ⁢m≥k.

It is apparent that 𝒞⁢(p,q) is simple, for if qn⁢pm is an element of 𝒞⁢(p,q), then 1=pn⁢(qn⁢pm)⁢qm and so S1⁢qn⁢pm⁢S1=S.

It is also easy to see that 𝒞⁢(p,q) is an inverse semigroup: the element qn⁢pm has inverseMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath qm⁢pn.

It is useful to picture some further properties of 𝒞⁢(p,q) by arranging the elements in a table:


Then the elements below any horizontal line drawn through this table form a right idealMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath and the elements to the right of any vertical line form a left ideal. Further, the elements on the diagonal are all idempotentsPlanetmathPlanetmath and their standard ordering is

Title bicyclic semigroup
Canonical name BicyclicSemigroup
Date of creation 2013-03-22 13:09:57
Last modified on 2013-03-22 13:09:57
Owner mclase (549)
Last modified by mclase (549)
Numerical id 8
Author mclase (549)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 20M99
Synonym bicyclic monoid
Defines bicyclic