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Let $K[t]$ be the ring of polynomials over a field $K$. Let $K(t)$ be its fraction field. Let $f$ be an irreducible polynomial in $K(t)[x]$. There exists an element $a\in K[t] $ such that $af$ is in $K[t,x]$.

Does there exist $a \in K[t]$ such that $a f$ is irreducible in $K[t,x]$?

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Have a look at Gauss's lemma for polynomials over UFD : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauss's_lemma_(polynomial) –  Lierre Nov 5 '12 at 11:34
    
Ow that looks helpful. I think it implies that if I take $a$ to be the least common multiple of the denominators of the coefficients of f (which lie in $K(t)$) we get that the polynomial $af$ is irreducible. In fact, it is irreducible in $K(t)[x]$ (because we're just multiplying by an element in $K(t)$) and it is primitive in $K[t,x]$. –  Harry Nov 5 '12 at 11:41
    
You are almost right : to get a primitive polynomial, you have to multiply by the l.c.m. of the denominators of the coefficients AND to divide by the g.c.d. of their numerators. –  Lierre Nov 5 '12 at 11:45

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