Modules of finite length over their endomorphism rings. (English) Zbl 0805.16028

Representations of algebras and related topics, Proc. Tsukuba Int. Conf., Kyoto/Jap. 1990, Lond. Math. Soc. Lect. Note Ser. 168, 127-184 (1992).
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Given a ring \(R\) (associative, with 1) one can define the endolength of an \(R\)-module \(M\) to be its length when it is regarded in the natural way as an \(\text{End}_ R(M)\)-module, and thus one can consider the class of modules of finite endolength. The aim of this paper is to show that this is a useful concept. Briefly, the contents are as follows. In §§1-3 we cover some background machinery, in §§4-6 we discuss the modules of finite endolength for a general ring, and in §§7-9 we show how these modules control the behaviour of the finite length modules for noetherian and Artin algebras. Although much of this paper has a survey nature, there are some new results proved here, the main ones being the characterization of the pure-injective modules which occur as the source of a left almost split map in §2, the character theory for modules of finite endolength in §5, and the characterization of the Artin algebras with an indecomposable module of infinite length and finite endolength (a generic module) proved in §§8-9.


16S50 Endomorphism rings; matrix rings
16D70 Structure and classification for modules, bimodules and ideals (except as in 16Gxx), direct sum decomposition and cancellation in associative algebras)
16D50 Injective modules, self-injective associative rings
16G10 Representations of associative Artinian rings
16G70 Auslander-Reiten sequences (almost split sequences) and Auslander-Reiten quivers
16P20 Artinian rings and modules (associative rings and algebras)
16P40 Noetherian rings and modules (associative rings and algebras)


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