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15.110 A regular local ring is a UFD

We prove the result mentioned in the section title.

Lemma 15.110.1. Let $R$ be a regular local ring. Let $f \in R$. Then $\mathop{\mathrm{Pic}}\nolimits (R_ f) = 0$.

Proof. Let $L$ be an invertible $R_ f$-module. In particular $L$ is a finite $R_ f$-module. There exists a finite $R$-module $M$ such that $M_ f \cong L$, see Algebra, Lemma 10.125.3. By Algebra, Proposition 10.109.1 we see that $M$ has a finite free resolution $F_\bullet $ over $R$. It follows that $L$ is quasi-isomorphic to a finite complex of free $R_ f$-modules. Hence by Lemma 15.109.1 we see that $[L] = n[R_ f]$ in $K_0(R)$ for some $n \in \mathbf{Z}$. Applying the map of Lemma 15.108.7 we see that $L$ is trivial. $\square$

Proof. Recall that a regular local ring is a domain, see Algebra, Lemma 10.105.2. We will prove the unique factorization property by induction on the dimension of the regular local ring $R$. If $\dim (R) = 0$, then $R$ is a field and in particular a UFD. Assume $\dim (R) > 0$. Let $x \in \mathfrak m$, $x \not\in \mathfrak m^2$. Then $R/(x)$ is regular by Algebra, Lemma 10.105.3, hence a domain by Algebra, Lemma 10.105.2, hence $x$ is a prime element. Let $\mathfrak p \subset R$ be a height $1$ prime. We have to show that $\mathfrak p$ is principal, see Algebra, Lemma 10.119.6. We may assume $x \not\in \mathfrak p$, since if $x \in \mathfrak p$, then $\mathfrak p = (x)$ and we are done. For every nonmaximal prime $\mathfrak q \subset R$ the local ring $R_\mathfrak q$ is a regular local ring, see Algebra, Lemma 10.109.6. By induction we see that $\mathfrak pR_\mathfrak q$ is principal. In particular, the $R_ x$-module $\mathfrak p_ x = \mathfrak pR_ x \subset R_ x$ is a finitely presented $R_ x$-module whose localization at any prime is free of rank $1$. By Algebra, Lemma 10.77.2 we see that $\mathfrak p_ x$ is an invertible $R_ x$-module. By Lemma 15.110.1 we see that $\mathfrak p_ x = (y)$ for some $y \in R_ x$. We can write $y = x^ e f$ for some $f \in \mathfrak p$ and $e \in \mathbf{Z}$. Factor $f = a_1 \ldots a_ r$ into irreducible elements of $R$ (Algebra, Lemma 10.119.3). Since $\mathfrak p$ is prime, we see that $a_ i \in \mathfrak p$ for some $i$. Since $\mathfrak p_ x = (y)$ is prime and $a_ i | y$ in $R_ x$, it follows that $\mathfrak p_ x$ is generated by $a_ i$ in $R_ x$, i.e., the image of $a_ i$ in $R_ x$ is prime. As $x$ is a prime element, we find that $a_ i$ is prime in $R$ by Algebra, Lemma 10.119.7. Since $(a_ i) \subset \mathfrak p$ and $\mathfrak p$ has height $1$ we conclude that $(a_ i) = \mathfrak p$ as desired. $\square$

Lemma 15.110.3. Let $R$ be a valuation ring with fraction field $K$ and residue field $\kappa $. Let $R \to A$ be a homomorphism of rings such that

  1. $A$ is local and $R \to A$ is local,

  2. $A$ is flat and essentially of finite type over $R$,

  3. $A \otimes _ R \kappa $ regular.

Then $\mathop{\mathrm{Pic}}\nolimits (A \otimes _ R K) = 0$.

Proof. Let $L$ be an invertible $A \otimes _ R K$-module. In particular $L$ is a finite module. There exists a finite $A$-module $M$ such that $M \otimes _ R K \cong L$, see Algebra, Lemma 10.125.3. We may assume $M$ is torsion free as an $R$-module. Thus $M$ is flat as an $R$-module (Lemma 15.22.10). From Lemma 15.25.6 we deduce that $M$ is of finite presentation as an $A$-module and $A$ is essentially of finite presentation as an $R$-algebra. By Lemma 15.78.4 we see that $M$ is perfect relative to $R$, in particular $M$ is pseudo-coherent as an $A$-module. By Lemma 15.72.9 we see that $M$ is perfect, hence $M$ has a finite free resolution $F_\bullet $ over $A$. It follows that $L$ is quasi-isomorphic to a finite complex of free $A \otimes _ R K$-modules. Hence by Lemma 15.109.1 we see that $[L] = n[A \otimes _ R K]$ in $K_0(A \otimes _ R K)$ for some $n \in \mathbf{Z}$. Applying the map of Lemma 15.108.7 we see that $L$ is trivial. $\square$


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