lattice of ideals
Let $R$ be a ring. Consider the set $L(R)$ of all left ideals^{} of $R$. Order this set by inclusion, and we have a partially ordered set^{}. In fact, we have the following:
Proposition 1.
$L(R)$ is a complete lattice^{}.
Proof.
For any collection^{} $S=\{{J}_{i}\mid i\in I\}$ of (left) ideals of $R$ ($I$ is an index set^{}), define
$$\bigwedge S:=\bigcap S\mathit{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\text{and}\mathit{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\bigvee S=\sum _{i}{J}_{i},$$ 
the sum of ideals ${J}_{i}$. We assert that $\bigwedge S$ is the greatest lower bound^{} of the ${J}_{i}$, and $\bigvee S$ the least upper bound of the ${J}_{i}$, and we show these facts separately

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First, $\bigwedge S$ is a left ideal of $R$: if $a,b\in \bigwedge S$, then $a,b\in {J}_{i}$ for all $i\in I$. Consequently, $ab\in {J}_{i}$ and so $ab\in \bigwedge S$. Furthermore, if $r\in R$, then $ra\in {J}_{i}$ for any $i\in I$, so $ra\in \bigwedge S$ also. Hence $\bigwedge S$ is a left ideal. By construction, $\bigwedge S$ is clearly contained in all of ${J}_{i}$, and is clearly the largest such ideal.

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For the second part, we want to show that $\bigvee S$ actually exists for arbitrary $S$. We know the existence of $\bigvee S$ if $S$ is finite. Suppose now $S$ is infinite^{}. Define $J$ to be the set of finite sums of elements of ${\bigcup}_{i}{J}_{i}$. If $a,b\in J$, then $a+b$, being a finite sum itself, clearly belongs to $J$. Also, $a\in J$ as well, since the additive inverse of each of the additive^{} components of $a$ is an element of ${\bigcup}_{i}{J}_{i}$. Now, if $r\in R$, then $ra\in J$ too, since multiplying each additive component of $a$ by $r$ (on the left) lands back in ${\bigcup}_{i}{J}_{i}$. So $J$ is a left ideal. It is evident that ${J}_{i}\subseteq J$. Also, if $M$ is a left ideal containing each ${J}_{i}$, then any finite sum of elements of ${J}_{i}$ must also be in $M$, hence $J\subseteq M$. This implies that $J$ is the smallest ideal containing each of the ${J}_{i}$. Therefore $S$ exists and is equal to $J$.
In summary, both $\bigvee S$ and $\bigwedge S$ are welldefined, and exist for finite $S$, so $L(R)$ is a lattice^{}. Additionally, both operations^{} work for arbitrary $S$, so $L(R)$ is complete^{}. ∎
From the above proof, we see that the sum $S$ of ideals ${J}_{i}$ can be equivalently interpreted as

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the “ideal” of finite sums of the elements of ${J}_{i}$, or

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the “ideal” generated by (elements of) ${J}_{i}$, or

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the join of ideals ${J}_{i}$.
A special sublattice of $L(R)$ is the lattice of finitely generated^{} ideals of $R$. It is not hard to see that this sublattice comprises precisely the compact elements in $L(R)$.
Looking more closely at the above proof, we also have the following:
Corollary 1.
$L(R)$ is an algebraic lattice.
Proof.
As we have already shown, $L(R)$ is a complete lattice. If $J$ is any (left) ideal of $R$, by the previous remark, each $J$ is the sum (or join) of ideals generated by^{} individual elements of $J$. Since these ideals are principal ideals^{} (generated by a single element), they are compact, and therefore $L(R)$ is algebraic^{}. ∎
Remarks.

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One can easily reconstruct all of the above, if $L(R)$ is the set of right ideals, or even twosided ideals of $R$. We may distinguish the three notions: $l.L(R),r.L(R),$ and $L(R)$ as the lattices of left, right, and twosided ideals of $R$.

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When $R$ is commutative^{}, $l.L(R)=r.L(R)=L(R)$. Furthermore, it can also be shown that $L(R)$ has the additional structure^{} of a quantale.

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There is also a related result on lattice theory: the set $\mathrm{Id}(L)$ of lattice ideals in a upper semilattice^{} $L$ with bottom $0$ forms a complete lattice. For a proof of this, see this entry (http://planetmath.org/IdealCompletionOfAPoset).

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However, the more general case is not true: the set of order ideals in a poset is a dcpo.
Title  lattice of ideals 
Canonical name  LatticeOfIdeals 
Date of creation  20130322 16:59:40 
Last modified on  20130322 16:59:40 
Owner  CWoo (3771) 
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Author  CWoo (3771) 
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Classification  msc 16D25 
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Related topic  SumOfIdeals 
Related topic  LatticeIdeal 
Related topic  IdealCompletionOfAPoset 