# Levitzky's theorem

Levitzky's theorem In mathematics, more specifically ring theory and the theory of nil ideals, Levitzky's theorem, named after Jacob Levitzki, states that in a right Noetherian ring, every nil one-sided ideal is necessarily nilpotent.[1][2] Levitzky's theorem is one of the many results suggesting the veracity of the Köthe conjecture, and indeed provided a solution to one of Köthe's questions as described in (Levitzki 1945). The result was originally submitted in 1939 as (Levitzki 1950), and a particularly simple proof was given in (Utumi 1963).

Contents 1 Proof 2 See also 3 Notes 4 References Proof This is Utumi's argument as it appears in (Lam 2001, p. 164-165) Lemma[3] Assume that R satisfies the ascending chain condition on annihilators of the form {displaystyle {rin Rmid ar=0}} where a is in R. Then Any nil one-sided ideal is contained in the lower nil radical Nil*(R); Every nonzero nil right ideal contains a nonzero nilpotent right ideal. Every nonzero nil left ideal contains a nonzero nilpotent left ideal. Levitzki's Theorem [4] Let R be a right Noetherian ring. Then every nil one-sided ideal of R is nilpotent. In this case, the upper and lower nilradicals are equal, and moreover this ideal is the largest nilpotent ideal among nilpotent right ideals and among nilpotent left ideals.

Proof: In view of the previous lemma, it is sufficient to show that the lower nilradical of R is nilpotent. Because R is right Noetherian, a maximal nilpotent ideal N exists. By maximality of N, the quotient ring R/N has no nonzero nilpotent ideals, so R/N is a semiprime ring. As a result, N contains the lower nilradical of R. Since the lower nilradical contains all nilpotent ideals, it also contains N, and so N is equal to the lower nilradical. Q.E.D.

See also Nilpotent ideal Köthe conjecture Jacobson radical Notes ^ Herstein 1968, p. 37, Theorem 1.4.5 ^ Isaacs 1993, p. 210, Theorem 14.38 ^ Lam 2001, Lemma 10.29. ^ Lam 2001, Theorem 10.30. References Isaacs, I. Martin (1993), Algebra, a graduate course (1st ed.), Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, ISBN 0-534-19002-2 Herstein, I.N. (1968), Noncommutative rings (1st ed.), The Mathematical Association of America, ISBN 0-88385-015-X Lam, T.Y. (2001), A First Course in Noncommutative Rings, Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-95183-6 Levitzki, J. (1950), "On multiplicative systems", Compositio Mathematica, 8: 76–80, MR 0033799. Levitzki, Jakob (1945), "Solution of a problem of G. Koethe", American Journal of Mathematics, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 67 (3): 437–442, doi:10.2307/2371958, ISSN 0002-9327, JSTOR 2371958, MR 0012269 Utumi, Yuzo (1963), "Mathematical Notes: A Theorem of Levitzki", The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematical Association of America, 70 (3): 286, doi:10.2307/2313127, hdl:10338.dmlcz/101274, ISSN 0002-9890, JSTOR 2313127, MR 1532056 Categories: Theorems in ring theory

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