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artinian ring

A (left) artinian ring R is a ring for which every descending chain R=I 0I 1I 2I n of its (left) ideals stabilizes, i.e. there is n 0 such that I n+1=I n for all nn 0. A ring is artinian if it is both left artinian and right artinian.

In an artinian ring R the Jacobson radical J(R) is nilpotent. A left artinian ring is semiprimitive if and only if the zero ideal is the unique nilpotent ideal.

A dual condition is noetherian: a noetherian ring is a ring satisfying the ascending chain condition on ideals. The symmetry is severely broken if one considers unital rings: for example every unital artinian ring is noetherian. For a converse there is a strong condition: a left (unital) ring R is left artinian iff R/J(R) is semisimple in RMod and the Jacobson radical J(R) is nilpotent. Artinian rings are intuitively much smaller than generic noetherian rings.

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Revised on December 6, 2011 21:23:57 by Tim Porter (95.147.237.250)