On the (non)rigidity of the Frobenius endomorphism over Gorenstein rings

Hailong Dao, Jinjia Li, Claudia Miller

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1053
Number of pages15
JournalAlgebra and Number Theory
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2010


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory

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