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# Units in number fields.

I want to get the expression of a unit in a number field in terms of the base by means of U.log(). Here is my code:

K.<z> = CyclotomicField(21)
U = UnitGroup(K)
U.fundamental_units()
a=(z^3+z^6+z^12)/2+1      # a is  (3 + i sqrt)/4   so it is a unit in K
U.log(a)


I get the error

ValueError: 1/2*z^11 - 1/2*z^9 + 1/2*z^8 + 1/2*z^4 + 1/2*z + 1/2 is not a unit


But it is a unit. It is true that a = 1/2*z^11 - 1/2*z^9 + 1/2*z^8 + 1/2*z^4 + 1/2*z + 1/2.

What I'm doing wrong ?

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The problem is that your ais not an algebraic integer (though its norm is 1).
Following on from your code :

sage: a.is_integral()
False
sage: a.minpoly()
x^2 - 3/2*x + 1

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Asked: 2015-02-01 11:13:14 -0500

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