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\begin{equation*} \DeclareMathOperator\Coim{Coim} \DeclareMathOperator\Coker{Coker} \DeclareMathOperator\Ext{Ext} \DeclareMathOperator\Hom{Hom} \DeclareMathOperator\Im{Im} \DeclareMathOperator\Ker{Ker} \DeclareMathOperator\Mor{Mor} \DeclareMathOperator\Ob{Ob} \DeclareMathOperator\Sh{Sh} \DeclareMathOperator\SheafExt{\mathcal{E}\mathit{xt}} \DeclareMathOperator\SheafHom{\mathcal{H}\mathit{om}} \DeclareMathOperator\Spec{Spec} \newcommand\colim{\mathop{\mathrm{colim}}\nolimits} \newcommand\lim{\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits} \newcommand\Qcoh{\mathit{Qcoh}} \newcommand\Sch{\mathit{Sch}} \newcommand\QCohstack{\mathcal{QC}\!\mathit{oh}} \newcommand\Cohstack{\mathcal{C}\!\mathit{oh}} \newcommand\Spacesstack{\mathcal{S}\!\mathit{paces}} \newcommand\Quotfunctor{\mathrm{Quot}} \newcommand\Hilbfunctor{\mathrm{Hilb}} \newcommand\Curvesstack{\mathcal{C}\!\mathit{urves}} \newcommand\Polarizedstack{\mathcal{P}\!\mathit{olarized}} \newcommand\Complexesstack{\mathcal{C}\!\mathit{omplexes}} \newcommand\Pic{\mathop{\mathrm{Pic}}\nolimits} \newcommand\Picardstack{\mathcal{P}\!\mathit{ic}} \newcommand\Picardfunctor{\mathrm{Pic}} \newcommand\Deformationcategory{\mathcal{D}\!\mathit{ef}} \end{equation*}

Lemma 10.114.2. Let $R$ be a ring. Let $g \in R[x_1, \ldots , x_ n]$ be an element which is nonconstant, i.e., $g \not\in R$. For $e_1 \gg e_2 \gg \ldots \gg e_{n-1} \gg e_ n = 1$ the polynomial

\[ g(x_1 + x_ n^{e_1}, x_2 + x_ n^{e_2}, \ldots , x_{n - 1} + x_ n^{e_{n - 1}}, x_ n) = ax_ n^ d + \text{lower order terms in }x_ n \]

where $d > 0$ and $a \in R$ is one of the nonzero coefficients of $g$.

Proof. Write $g = \sum _{\nu \in N} a_\nu x^\nu $ with $a_\nu \in R$ not zero. Here $N$ is a finite set of multi-indices as in Lemma 10.114.1 and $x^\nu = x_1^{\nu _1} \ldots x_ n^{\nu _ n}$. Note that the leading term in

\[ (x_1 + x_ n^{e_1})^{\nu _1} \ldots (x_{n-1} + x_ n^{e_{n-1}})^{\nu _{n-1}} x_ n^{\nu _ n} \quad \text{is}\quad x_ n^{e_1\nu _1 + \ldots + e_{n-1}\nu _{n-1} + \nu _ n}. \]

Hence the lemma follows from Lemma 10.114.1 which guarantees that there is exactly one nonzero term $a_\nu x^\nu $ of $g$ which gives rise to the leading term of $g(x_1 + x_ n^{e_1}, x_2 + x_ n^{e_2}, \ldots , x_{n - 1} + x_ n^{e_{n - 1}}, x_ n)$, i.e., $a = a_\nu $ for the unique $\nu \in N$ such that $e \cdot \nu $ is maximal. $\square$

Comments (2)

Comment #2530 by Giulia Battiston on

There is a small typo in the formula of the proof: one sees "~~is~~" instead of " is ", which makes it hardly readable.

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