radical theory

Let 𝒳 represent a property which a ring may or may not have. This property may be anything at all: what is important is that for any ring R, the statement “R has property 𝒳” is either true or false.

We say that a ring which has the property 𝒳 is an 𝒳-ring. An ideal I of a ring R is called an 𝒳-ideal if, as a ring, it is an 𝒳-ring. (Note that this definition only makes sense if rings are not required to have identity elementsMathworldPlanetmath; otherwise and ideal is not, in general, a ring. Rings are not required to have an identity element in radical theory.)

The property 𝒳 is a radical property if it satisfies:

  1. 1.

    The class of 𝒳-rings is closed underPlanetmathPlanetmath homomorphic imagesPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath.

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    Every ring R has a largest 𝒳-ideal, which contains all other 𝒳-ideals of R. This ideal is written 𝒳(R).

  3. 3.


The ideal 𝒳(R) is called the X-radicalPlanetmathPlanetmath of R. A ring is called X-radical if 𝒳(R)=R, and is called X-semisimplePlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath if 𝒳(R)=0.

If 𝒳 is a radical property, then the class of 𝒳-rings is also called the class of X-radical rings.

The class of 𝒳-radical rings is closed under ideal extensions. That is, if A is an ideal of R, and A and R/A are 𝒳-radical, then so is R.

Radical theory is the study of radical properties and their interrelations. There are several well-known radicals which are of independent interest in ring theory (See examples – to follow).

The class of all radicals is however very large. Indeed, it is possible to show that any partition of the class of simple ringsMathworldPlanetmath into two classes and 𝒮 such that isomorphicPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath simple rings are in the same class, gives rise to a radical 𝒳 with the property that all rings in are 𝒳-radical and all rings in 𝒮 are 𝒳-semisimple. In fact, there are at least two distinct radicals for each such partition.

A radical 𝒳 is hereditary if every ideal of an 𝒳-radical ring is also 𝒳-radical.

A radical 𝒳 is supernilpotent if the class of 𝒳-rings contains all nilpotent rings.

1 Examples

Nil is a radical property. This property defines the nil radical, 𝒩.

Nilpotency is not a radical property.

Quasi-regularity is a radical property. The associated radical is the Jacobson radicalMathworldPlanetmath, 𝒥.

Title radical theory
Canonical name RadicalTheory
Date of creation 2013-03-22 13:13:02
Last modified on 2013-03-22 13:13:02
Owner mclase (549)
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Author mclase (549)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 16N80
Related topic JacobsonRadical
Defines radical
Defines radical property
Defines semisimple
Defines hereditary
Defines hereditary radical
Defines supernilpotent
Defines supernilpotent radical