An integral domain D is atomic if every non-zero non-unit is a product of irreducibles. More generally, D is quasi-atomic if every non-zero non-unit divides some product of atoms. Arbitrary integral domains, however, cannot be assumed to be quasi-atomic in general; factorization in a non-atomic D can be subtle. We outline a novel method of qualifying the quasi-atomicity of D by studying ascending filtrations of localizations of D and the associated groups of divisibility. This approach yields structure theorems, cochain complexes, and cohomological results. We take care to present examples of integral domains exhibiting the spectrum of factorization behavior and we relate the results of our new method to factorization in D.
|Commitee:||James, Kevin, Macauley, Matthew, Sather-Wagstaff, Sean|
|School Location:||United States -- South Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Factorization, Integral domains, Partially ordered groups|
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