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Lemma 37.27.4. Let $A$ be a domain with fraction field $K$. Let $P \in A[x_1, \ldots , x_ n]$. Denote $\overline{K}$ the algebraic closure of $K$. Assume $P$ is irreducible in $\overline{K}[x_1, \ldots , x_ n]$. Then there exists a $f \in A$ such that $P^\varphi \in \kappa [x_1, \ldots , x_ n]$ is irreducible for all homomorphisms $\varphi : A_ f \to \kappa $ into fields.

Proof. There exists an automorphism $\Psi $ of $A[x_1, \ldots , x_ n]$ over $A$ such that $\Psi (P) = ax_ n^ d +$ lower order terms in $x_ n$ with $a \not= 0$, see Algebra, Lemma 10.115.2. We may replace $P$ by $\Psi (P)$ and we may replace $A$ by $A_ a$. Thus we may assume that $P$ is monic in $x_ n$ of degree $d > 0$. For $i = 1, \ldots , n - 1$ let $d_ i$ be the degree of $P$ in $x_ i$. Note that this implies that $P^\varphi $ is monic of degree $d$ in $x_ n$ and has degree $\leq d_ i$ in $x_ i$ for every homomorphism $\varphi : A \to \kappa $ where $\kappa $ is a field. Thus if $P^\varphi $ is reducible, then we can write

\[ P^\varphi = Q_1 Q_2 \]

with $Q_1, Q_2$ monic of degree $e_1, e_2 \geq 0$ in $x_ n$ with $e_1 + e_2 = d$ and having degree $\leq d_ i$ in $x_ i$ for $i = 1, \ldots , n - 1$. In other words we can write
\begin{equation} \label{more-morphisms-equation-factors} Q_ j = x_ n^{e_ j} + \sum \nolimits _{0 \leq l < e_ j} \left( \sum \nolimits _{L \in \mathcal{L}} a_{j, l, L} x^ L \right) x_ n^ l \end{equation}

where the sum is over the set $\mathcal{L}$ of multi-indices $L$ of the form $L = (l_1, \ldots , l_{n - 1})$ with $0 \leq l_ i \leq d_ i$. For any $e_1, e_2 \geq 0$ with $e_1 + e_2 = d$ we consider the $A$-algebra

\[ B_{e_1, e_2} = A[\{ a_{1, l, L}\} _{0 \leq l < e_1, L \in \mathcal{L}}, \{ a_{2, l, L}\} _{0 \leq l < e_2, L \in \mathcal{L}}]/(\text{relations}) \]

where the $(\text{relations})$ is the ideal generated by the coefficients of the polynomial

\[ P - Q_1Q_2 \in A[\{ a_{1, l, L}\} _{0 \leq l < e_1, L \in \mathcal{L}}, \{ a_{2, l, L}\} _{0 \leq l < e_2, L \in \mathcal{L}}][x_1, \ldots , x_ n] \]

with $Q_1$ and $Q_2$ defined as in ( OK, and the assumption that $P$ is irreducible over $\overline{K}$ implies that there does not exist any $A$-algebra homomorphism $B_{e_1, e_2} \to \overline{K}$. By the Hilbert Nullstellensatz, see Algebra, Theorem 10.34.1 this means that $B_{e_1, e_2} \otimes _ A K = 0$. As $B_{e_1, e_2}$ is a finitely generated $A$-algebra this signifies that we can find an $f_{e_1, e_2} \in A$ such that $(B_{e_1, e_2})_{f_{e_1, e_2}} = 0$. By construction this means that if $\varphi : A_{f_{e_1, e_2}} \to \kappa $ is a homomorphism to a field, then $P^\varphi $ does not have a factorization $P^\varphi = Q_1 Q_2$ with $Q_1$ of degree $e_1$ in $x_ n$ and $Q_2$ of degree $e_2$ in $x_ n$. Thus taking $f = \prod _{e1, e_2 \geq 0, e_1 + e_2 = d} f_{e_1, e_2}$ we win. $\square$

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