Journal of Commutative Algebra

The ring of polynomials integral-valued over a finite set of integral elements

Giulio Peruginelli

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Let $D$ be an integral domain with quotient field $K$ and $\Omega $ a finite subset of $D$. McQuillan proved that the ring $\Int (\Omega ,D)$ of polynomials in $K[X]$ which are integer-valued over $\Omega $, that is, $f\in K[X]$ such that $f(\Omega )\subset D$, is a Pr\"ufer domain if and only if $D$ is Pr\"ufer. Under the further assumption that $D$ is integrally closed, we generalize his result by considering a finite set $S$ of a $D$-algebra $A$ which is finitely generated and torsion-free as a $D$-module, and the ring $\Int _K(S,A)$ of integer-valued polynomials over $S$, that is, polynomials over $K$ whose image over $S$ is contained in $A$. We show that the integral closure of $\Int _K(S,A)$ is equal to the contraction to $K[X]$ of $\Int (\Omega _S,D_F)$, for some finite subset $\Omega _S$ of integral elements over $D$ contained in an algebraic closure $\olK $ of $K$, where $D_F$ is the integral closure of $D$ in $F=K(\Omega _S)$. Moreover, the integral closure of $\Int _K(S,A)$ is Pr\"ufer if and only if $D$ is Pr\"ufer. The result is obtained by means of the study of pullbacks of the form $D[X]+p(X)K[X]$, where $p(X)$ is a monic non-constant polynomial over $D$: we prove that the integral closure of such a pullback is equal to the ring of polynomials over $K$ which are integral-valued over the set of roots $\Omega _p$ of $p(X)$ in $\overline K$.

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J. Commut. Algebra Volume 8, Number 1 (2016), 113-141.

First available in Project Euclid: 28 March 2016

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Primary: 13B25: Polynomials over commutative rings [See also 11C08, 11T06, 13F20, 13M10]
Secondary: 13B22: Integral closure of rings and ideals [See also 13A35]; integrally closed rings, related rings (Japanese, etc.) 13F05: Dedekind, Prüfer, Krull and Mori rings and their generalizations 13F20: Polynomial rings and ideals; rings of integer-valued polynomials [See also 11C08, 13B25]

Pullback integral closure integer-valued polynomial divided differences Prüfer ring


Peruginelli, Giulio. The ring of polynomials integral-valued over a finite set of integral elements. J. Commut. Algebra 8 (2016), no. 1, 113--141. doi:10.1216/JCA-2016-8-1-113.

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