Let $R$ be a local ring (e.g. the discrete valuation ring $\mathbb C[[T]]$) and $\mathfrak{m}$ its maximal ideal. Consider the polynomial ring $R[X_1,\dots, X_n]$ in $n$ variables and a finitely generated ideal $I=(f_1,\dots,f_l)$.


  1. What conditions can guarantee $A=R[X_1,\dots,X_n]/I$ is torsion free (i.e. if $\mathfrak{m}^N x=0$ for some positive integer $N$ and $x\in A$ then $x=0$)? (it would be better if there is no Noetherian condition)
  2. How about the ring of formal power series, $R[[X_1,\dots,X_n]]/I$ ?
  • $\begingroup$ Have you worked through a simple case? Say one variable and the localization of $\mathbb Z$ at a prime? $\endgroup$ – hardmath Jul 15 '18 at 14:24
  • $\begingroup$ I considered the case $R=\mathbb C[[T]]$ and $\mathfrak{m}=(T)$, which I prefer. $\endgroup$ – Hang Jul 15 '18 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ If you're looking at valuation rings, then torsion free is equivalent to flat. And in that case, I think this paper of Jack Ohm will be your friend ams.org/journals/tran/1972-171-00/S0002-9947-1972-0306176-6/… $\endgroup$ – Badam Baplan Jul 15 '18 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ @BadamBaplan Thanks. It seems that our notions of torsion-free are slightly different. Here we'd better to say adic torsion free. $\endgroup$ – Hang Jul 15 '18 at 17:08

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