# T-ideal

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of a free associative algebra

A totally invariant ideal, that is, an ideal invariant under all endomorphisms. The set of all polynomial identities of an arbitrary variety of associative algebras over a field (cf. Associative rings and algebras) forms a -ideal in the countably-generated free algebra , . Thus, there exists a one-to-one correspondence between the -ideals of and the varieties of associative algebras over . If has characteristic , then for every -ideal there exists a natural number such that certain powers of elements of are elements of , and only they, where is the ideal of identities of the algebra of all -matrices over . In this case a -ideal can also be defined as a (two-sided) ideal that is closed under all differentiations of the free algebra. The quotient algebra is a PI-algebra with as set of polynomial identities. It is called the relatively free algebra (or generic algebra) with -ideal of identities (and is a free algebra in the variety of algebras defined by the identities in ). The algebra has no zero divisors if and only if for some natural number . Every -ideal of a free associative algebra is primary.

The -ideals of a free associative algebra on infinitely many generators over a field of characteristic zero form a free semi-group under the operation of multiplication of ideals. In this case a -ideal can be defined as an ideal invariant under all automorphisms of the free algebra.

For the question as to whether every -ideal of is the totally invariant closure of finitely many elements (Specht's problem) see also Variety of rings. -ideals can be defined for non-associative algebras (Lie, alternative and others) by analogy with the associative case.

How to Cite This Entry:
T-ideal. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=T-ideal&oldid=14127
This article was adapted from an original article by V.N. Latyshev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article