On semicommutative \(\pi\)-regular rings. (English) Zbl 0803.16008

An element \(a\) in a ring \(R\) with identity is called semicommutative if for every \(b \in R\) there are \(r,s \in R\) such that \(ab = ra\) and \(ba = as\). If every element of \(R\) is semicommutative, then \(R\) is called a semicommutative ring. Note that semicommutative rings are also called duo rings. A ring \(R\) is called \(\pi\)-regular (resp. unit \(\pi\)-regular) if for every \(x \in R\) there exists a positive integer \(n\) (depending on \(x\)) and an element \(y \in R\) (resp. a unit element \(u \in R\)) such that \(x^ n = x^ n yx^ n\) (resp. \(x^ n = x^ n ux^ n\)).
For a semicommutative ring \(R\), it is shown that the set \(\text{Nil}(R)\) of all nilpotent elements forms a two-sided ideal, and \(R\) is \(\pi\)- regular if and only if \(R/\text{Nil}(R)\) is von Neumann regular. This result was also proved by Y. Hirano [Math. J. Okayama Univ. 20, 141-149 (1978; Zbl 0394.16011)]. After proving that all idempotents of a semicommutative ring are central, it is shown that all semicommutative \(\pi\)-regular rings are unit \(\pi\)-regular rings. Moreover, it is shown that if 2 is a unit in a semicommutative \(\pi\)-regular ring \(R\), then every element of \(R\) is a sum of two units in \(R\), which is parallel to a result of J. W. Fisher and R. L. Snider [J. Algebra 42, 363- 368 (1976; Zbl 0335.16014)] for the case of \(\pi\)-regular rings whose primitive factor rings are Artinian.
Reviewer: J.K.Park (Pusan)


16E50 von Neumann regular rings and generalizations (associative algebraic aspects)
16U80 Generalizations of commutativity (associative rings and algebras)
16N40 Nil and nilpotent radicals, sets, ideals, associative rings
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