Artin algebra

In algebra, an Artin algebra is an algebra Λ over a commutative Artin ring R that is a finitely generated R-module. They are named after Emil Artin.

Every Artin algebra is an Artin ring.

Dual and transpose

There are several different dualities taking finitely generated modules over Λ to modules over the opposite algebra Λop.

  • If M is a left Λ module then the right Λ-module M* is defined to be HomΛ(M,Λ).
  • The dual D(M) of a left Λ-module M is the right Λ-module D(M) = HomR(M,J), where J is the dualizing module of R, equal to the sum of the injective envelopes of the non-isomorphic simple R-modules or equivalently the injective envelope of R/rad R. The dual of a left module over Λ does not depend on the choice of R (up to isomorphism).
  • The transpose Tr(M) of a left Λ-module M is a right Λ-module defined to be the cokernel of the map Q*  P*, where P  Q  M  0 is a minimal projective presentation of M.


  • Auslander, Maurice; Reiten, Idun; Smalø, Sverre O. (1997) [1995], Representation theory of Artin algebras, Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics, 36, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-59923-8, MR 1314422, Zbl 0834.16001
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