By Gene Freudenburg

This booklet explores the idea and alertness of in the community nilpotent derivations, that's a topic of transforming into curiosity and value not just between these in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, but in addition in fields comparable to Lie algebras and differential equations. the writer offers a unified therapy of the topic, starting with sixteen First rules on which the complete conception is predicated. those are used to set up classical effects, resembling Rentschler's Theorem for the airplane, correct as much as the latest effects, resembling Makar-Limanov's Theorem for in the neighborhood nilpotent derivations of polynomial jewelry. themes of exact curiosity comprise: growth within the size 3 case, finiteness questions (Hilbert's 14th Problem), algorithms, the Makar-Limanov invariant, and connections to the Cancellation challenge and the Embedding challenge. The reader also will discover a wealth of pertinent examples and open difficulties and an updated source for study.

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Otherwise, ι(Da) = i + t, meaning δ(ρ(a)) = ρ(Da)). By iteration, we have that either δ n (ρ(a)) = 0, or δ n (ρ(a)) = ρ(Dn a)). Since D is locally nilpotent, we conclude that δ n+1 (ρ(a)) = 0 for n = νD (a). ⊓ ⊔ The ﬁnal basic principle in our list is due to Vasconcelos; the reader is referred to [300] for its proof. 37; and in Wright [311], Prop. 5. Principle 16. (Vasconcelos’s Theorem) Suppose R ⊂ B is a subring over which B is integral. If D ∈ Derk (B) restricts to a locally nilpotent derivation of R, then D ∈ LND(B).

Fn ), where Fi = F (xi ) ∈ B. 1 The triangular automorphisms form a subgroup, denoted BAn (k), which is the generalization of the Borel subgroup in the theory of ﬁnite-dimensional representations. The tame subgroup of GAn (k) is the subgroup generated by GLn (k) and BAn (k). Its elements are called tame automorphisms. It is known that for n ≤ 2, every element of GAn (k) is tame (see Chap. 4), whereas non-tame automorphisms exist in GA3 (k) (see [278, 279]). As to gradings of polynomial rings, we are mainly interested in Zm gradings for some m ≥ 1.

It follows that g = 0, νf D (g) ≥ 0, and νf D (Dn g) ≥ 0 for all n ≥ 1. On the one hand, we have νf D (f · Dn g) = νf D ((f D)(Dn−1 g)) = νf D (Dn−1 g) − 1 . On the other hand, we see that νf D (f · Dn g) = νf D (f ) + νf D (Dn g) = N + νf D (Dn g) . Therefore, νf D (Dn g) = νf D (Dn−1 g) − (N + 1) for all n ≥ 1 . 4 First Principles for Locally Nilpotent Derivations 25 This implies νf D (Dn g) = νf D (g) − n(N + 1) , which is absurd since it means νf D has values in the negative integers. Therefore, D ∈ LND(B).