Rings whose cyclics are essentially embeddable in projective modules. (English) Zbl 0698.16012

The authors call a ring \(R\) a right (left) CEP-ring if each cyclic right (left) \(R\)-module is essentially embeddable in a projective module. Quasi-Frobenius (QF) rings and right uniserial rings are examples of right CEP-rings and in fact a theorem of C. Faith and E. A. Walker [J. Algebra 5, 203-221 (1967; Zbl 0173.03203)] shows that \(R\) is QF if and only if \(R\) is both a right and a left CEP-ring. Here it is shown that if \(R\) is both a QF-3 ring and a right CEP-ring then \(R\) is QF. (Recall that \(R\) is said to be QF-3 if its right injective hull is projective.) Moreover it is shown that a semiperfect ring \(R\) is right CEP if and only if (i) \(R\) is right Artinian and (ii) every indecomposable projective module is both uniform and weakly \(R\)-injective. (Here a module \(P\) is called weakly \(R\)-injective if, given any \(f\in\operatorname{Hom}(R,E(P))\), where \(E(P)\) is the injective hull of \(P\), then \(f(1)\) belongs to some submodule \(X\) of \(E(P)\) isomorphic to \(P\). Also, as a “Note added in proof”, the authors say that the uniform assumption may be omitted in this characterization.) Another main result characterizes those rings \(R\) of which every homomorphic image is a right CEP-ring as being a direct sum of right uniserial rings or matrix rings over right self-injective right uniserial rings. The paper ends with illustrative examples obtained using the trivial (split) extension construction.
Reviewer: J.Clark


16L60 Quasi-Frobenius rings
16L30 Noncommutative local and semilocal rings, perfect rings
16D50 Injective modules, self-injective associative rings
16D40 Free, projective, and flat modules and ideals in associative algebras
16D70 Structure and classification for modules, bimodules and ideals (except as in 16Gxx), direct sum decomposition and cancellation in associative algebras)


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