
## 10.159 Geometrically normal algebras

In this section we put some applications of ascent and descent of properties of rings.

Lemma 10.159.1. Let $k$ be a field. Let $A$ be a $k$-algebra. The following properties of $A$ are equivalent:

1. $k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring for every field extension $k'/k$,

2. $k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring for every finitely generated field extension $k'/k$,

3. $k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring for every finite purely inseparable extension $k'/k$,

4. $k^{perf} \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring.

Here normal ring is defined in Definition 10.36.11.

Proof. It is clear that (1) $\Rightarrow$ (2) $\Rightarrow$ (3) and (1) $\Rightarrow$ (4).

If $k'/k$ is a finite purely inseparable extension, then there is an embedding $k' \to k^{perf}$ of $k$-extensions. The ring map $k' \otimes _ k A \to k^{perf} \otimes _ k A$ is faithfully flat, hence $k' \otimes _ k A$ is normal if $k^{perf} \otimes _ k A$ is normal by Lemma 10.158.3. In this way we see that (4) $\Rightarrow$ (3).

Assume (2) and let $k \subset k'$ be any field extension. Then we can write $k' = \mathop{\mathrm{colim}}\nolimits _ i k_ i$ as a directed colimit of finitely generated field extensions. Hence we see that $k' \otimes _ k A = \mathop{\mathrm{colim}}\nolimits _ i k_ i \otimes _ k A$ is a directed colimit of normal rings. Thus we see that $k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring by Lemma 10.36.17. Hence (1) holds.

Assume (3) and let $k \subset K$ be a finitely generated field extension. By Lemma 10.44.3 we can find a diagram

$\xymatrix{ K \ar[r] & K' \\ k \ar[u] \ar[r] & k' \ar[u] }$

where $k \subset k'$, $K \subset K'$ are finite purely inseparable field extensions such that $k' \subset K'$ is separable. By Lemma 10.152.10 there exists a smooth $k'$-algebra $B$ such that $K'$ is the fraction field of $B$. Now we can argue as follows: Step 1: $k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring because we assumed (3). Step 2: $B \otimes _{k'} k' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring as $k' \otimes _ k A \to B \otimes _{k'} k' \otimes _ k A$ is smooth (Lemma 10.135.4) and ascent of normality along smooth maps (Lemma 10.157.9). Step 3. $K' \otimes _{k'} k' \otimes _ k A = K' \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring as it is a localization of a normal ring (Lemma 10.36.13). Step 4. Finally $K \otimes _ k A$ is a normal ring by descent of normality along the faithfully flat ring map $K \otimes _ k A \to K' \otimes _ k A$ (Lemma 10.158.3). This proves the lemma. $\square$

Definition 10.159.2. Let $k$ be a field. A $k$-algebra $R$ is called geometrically normal over $k$ if the equivalent conditions of Lemma 10.159.1 hold.

Lemma 10.159.3. Let $k$ be a field. A localization of a geometrically normal $k$-algebra is geometrically normal.

Proof. This is clear as being a normal ring is checked at the localizations at prime ideals. $\square$

Lemma 10.159.4. Let $k$ be a field. Let $K/k$ be a separable field extension. Then $K$ is geometrically normal over $k$.

Proof. This is true because $k^{perf} \otimes _ k K$ is a field. Namely, it is reduced for example by Lemma 10.43.1 and it has a unique prime ideal because $K \subset k^{perf} \otimes _ k K$ is a universal homeomorphism. $\square$

Lemma 10.159.5. Let $k$ be a field. Let $A, B$ be $k$-algebras. Assume $A$ is geometrically normal over $k$ and $B$ is a normal ring. Then $A \otimes _ k B$ is a normal ring.

Proof. Let $\mathfrak r$ be a prime ideal of $A \otimes _ k B$. Denote $\mathfrak p$, resp. $\mathfrak q$ the corresponding prime of $A$, resp. $B$. Then $(A \otimes _ k B)_{\mathfrak r}$ is a localization of $A_{\mathfrak p} \otimes _ k B_{\mathfrak q}$. Hence it suffices to prove the result for the ring $A_{\mathfrak p} \otimes _ k B_{\mathfrak q}$, see Lemma 10.36.13 and Lemma 10.159.3. Thus we may assume $A$ and $B$ are domains.

Assume that $A$ and $B$ are domains with fractions fields $K$ and $L$. Note that $B$ is the filtered colimit of its finite type normal $k$-sub algebras (as $k$ is a Nagata ring, see Proposition 10.156.16, and hence the integral closure of a finite type $k$-sub algebra is still a finite type $k$-sub algebra by Proposition 10.156.15). By Lemma 10.36.17 we reduce to the case that $B$ is of finite type over $k$.

Assume that $A$ and $B$ are domains with fractions fields $K$ and $L$ and $B$ of finite type over $k$. In this case the ring $K \otimes _ k B$ is of finite type over $K$, hence Noetherian (Lemma 10.30.1). In particular $K \otimes _ k B$ has finitely many minimal primes (Lemma 10.30.6). Since $A \to A \otimes _ k B$ is flat, this implies that $A \otimes _ k B$ has finitely many minimal primes (by going down for flat ring maps – Lemma 10.38.18 – these primes all lie over $(0) \subset A$). Thus it suffices to prove that $A \otimes _ k B$ is integrally closed in its total ring of fractions (Lemma 10.36.16).

We claim that $K \otimes _ k B$ and $A \otimes _ k L$ are both normal rings. If this is true then any element $x$ of $Q(A \otimes _ k B)$ which is integral over $A \otimes _ k B$ is (by Lemma 10.36.12) contained in $K \otimes _ k B \cap A \otimes _ k L = A \otimes _ k B$ and we're done. Since $A \otimes _ K L$ is a normal ring by assumption, it suffices to prove that $K \otimes _ k B$ is normal.

As $A$ is geometrically normal over $k$ we see $K$ is geometrically normal over $k$ (Lemma 10.159.3) hence $K$ is geometrically reduced over $k$. Hence $K = \bigcup K_ i$ is the union of finitely generated field extensions of $k$ which are geometrically reduced (Lemma 10.42.2). Each $K_ i$ is the localization of a smooth $k$-algebra (Lemma 10.152.10). So $K_ i \otimes _ k B$ is the localization of a smooth $B$-algebra hence normal (Lemma 10.157.9). Thus $K \otimes _ k B$ is a normal ring (Lemma 10.36.17) and we win. $\square$

Lemma 10.159.6. Let $k \subset k'$ be a separable algebraic field extension. Let $A$ be an algebra over $k'$. Then $A$ is geometrically normal over $k$ if and only if it is geometrically normal over $k'$.

Proof. Let $k \subset L$ be a finite purely inseparable field extension. Then $L' = k' \otimes _ k L$ is a field (see material in Fields, Section 9.28) and $A \otimes _ k L = A \otimes _{k'} L'$. Hence if $A$ is geometrically normal over $k'$, then $A$ is geometrically normal over $k$.

Assume $A$ is geometrically normal over $k$. Let $K/k'$ be a field extension. Then

$K \otimes _{k'} A = (K \otimes _ k A) \otimes _{(k' \otimes _ k k')} k'$

Since $k' \otimes _ k k' \to k'$ is a localization by Lemma 10.42.8, we see that $K \otimes _{k'} A$ is a localization of a normal ring, hence normal. $\square$

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