Finite atomic lattices and resolutions of monomial ideals

Research paper by Sonja Mapes

Indexed on: 07 Sep '10Published on: 07 Sep '10Published in: Mathematics - Commutative Algebra


In this paper we primarily study monomial ideals and their minimal free resolutions by studying their associated LCM lattices. In particular, we formally define the notion of coordinatizing a finite atomic lattice P to produce a monomial ideal whose LCM lattice is P, and we give a complete characterization of all such coordinatizations. We prove that all relations in the lattice L(n) of all finite atomic lattices with n ordered atoms can be realized as deformations of exponents of monomial ideals. We also give structural results for L(n). Moreover, we prove that the cellular structure of a minimal free resolution of a monomial ideal M can be extended to minimal resolutions of certain monomial ideals whose LCM lattices are greater than that of M in L(n).