Definition:Field Homomorphism

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Let $\struct {F, +, \times}$ and $\struct {K, \oplus, \otimes}$ be fields.

Let $\phi: F \to K$ be a mapping such that both $+$ and $\times$ have the morphism property under $\phi$.

That is, $\forall a, b \in F$:

\(\text {(1)}: \quad\) \(\ds \map \phi {a + b}\) \(=\) \(\ds \map \phi a \oplus \map \phi b\)
\(\text {(2)}: \quad\) \(\ds \map \phi {a \times b}\) \(=\) \(\ds \map \phi a \otimes \map \phi b\)

Then $\phi: \struct {F, +, \times} \to \struct {K, \oplus, \otimes}$ is a field homomorphism.

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Linguistic Note

The word homomorphism comes from the Greek morphe (μορφή) meaning form or structure, with the prefix homo- meaning similar.

Thus homomorphism means similar structure.