Approximation lattices occur in a natural way in the study of rational approximations to p-adic numbers. Periodicity of a sequence of approximation lattices is shown to occur for rational and quadratic p-adic numbers, and for those only, thus establishing a p-adic analogue of Lagrange's theorem on periodic continued fractions. Using approximation lattices we derive upper and lower bounds for the best approximations to a p-adic number, thus establishing the p-adic analogue of a theorem of Hurwitz.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Journal of Number Theory|
|Publication status||Published - 1986|