### Abstract

It is well-known that for a large class of local rings of positive characteristic, including complete intersection rings, the Frobenius endomorphism can be used as a test for finite projective dimension. In this paper, we exploit this property to study the structure of such rings. One of our results states that the Picard group of the punctured spectrum of such a ring R cannot have p-torsion. When R is a local complete intersection, this recovers (with a purely local algebra proof) an analogous statement for complete intersections in projective spaces first given by Deligne in SGA and also a special case of a conjecture by Gabber. Our method also leads to many simply constructed examples where rigidity for the Frobenius endomorphism does not hold, even when the rings are Gorenstein with isolated singularity. This is in stark contrast to the situation for complete intersection rings. A related length criterion for modules of finite length and finite projective dimension is discussed towards the end.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1039-1053 |

Number of pages | 15 |

Journal | Algebra and Number Theory |

Volume | 4 |

Issue number | 8 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2010 |

### Keywords

- Frobenius endomorphism
- Isolated singularity
- Picard group
- Rigidity
- Tor

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Algebra and Number Theory

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## Cite this

*Algebra and Number Theory*,

*4*(8), 1039-1053. https://doi.org/10.2140/ant.2010.4.1039