Lemma 47.7.6. Let $(R, \mathfrak m, \kappa )$ be a Noetherian local ring. Let $E$ be an injective hull of $\kappa $ over $R$. Then $E$ satisfies the descending chain condition.

**Proof.**
If $E \supset M_1 \supset M_2 \supset \ldots $ is a sequence of submodules, then

is a sequence of surjections. By Lemma 47.7.5 each of these is a module over the completion $R^\wedge = \mathop{\mathrm{Hom}}\nolimits _ R(E, E)$. Since $R^\wedge $ is Noetherian (Algebra, Lemma 10.97.6) the sequence stabilizes: $\mathop{\mathrm{Hom}}\nolimits _ R(M_ n, E) = \mathop{\mathrm{Hom}}\nolimits _ R(M_{n + 1}, E) = \ldots $. Since $E$ is injective, this can only happen if $\mathop{\mathrm{Hom}}\nolimits _ R(M_ n/M_{n + 1}, E)$ is zero. However, if $M_ n/M_{n + 1}$ is nonzero, then it contains a nonzero element annihilated by $\mathfrak m$, because $E$ is $\mathfrak m$-power torsion by Lemma 47.7.3. In this case $M_ n/M_{n + 1}$ has a nonzero map into $E$, contradicting the assumed vanishing. This finishes the proof. $\square$

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