Lattice (module)

In mathematics, in the field of ring theory, a lattice is a module over a ring which is embedded in a vector space over a field, giving an algebraic generalisation of the way a lattice group is embedded in a real vector space.

Formal definition

Let R be an integral domain with field of fractions K. An R-submodule M of a K-vector space V is a lattice if M is finitely generated over R and R-torsion-free (no non-zero element of M is annihilated by a non-zero element of R). It is full if V = K·M.[1]

Pure sublattices

An R-submodule N of M that is itself a lattice is an R-pure sublattice if M/N is R-torsion-free. There is a one-to-one correspondence between R-pure sublattices N of M and K-subspaces W of V, given by[2]

See also

  • Lattice (group) for the case where M is a Z-module embedded in a vector space V over the field of real numbers R, and the Euclidean metric is used to describe the lattice structure


  1. Reiner (2003) pp. 44, 108
  2. Reiner (2003) p. 45
  • Reiner, I. (2003). Maximal Orders. London Mathematical Society Monographs. New Series. 28. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-852673-3. Zbl 1024.16008.
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