Ordinary and symbolic Rees algebras for ideals of Fermat point configurations

Uwe Nagel, Alexandra Seceleanu

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Fermat ideals define planar point configurations that are closely related to the intersection locus of the members of a specific pencil of curves. These ideals have gained recent popularity as counterexamples to some proposed containments between symbolic and ordinary powers [6]. We give a systematic treatment of the family of Fermat ideals, describing explicitly the minimal generators and the minimal free resolutions of all their ordinary powers as well as many symbolic powers. We use these to study the ordinary and the symbolic Rees algebra of Fermat ideals. Specifically, we show that the symbolic Rees algebras of Fermat ideals are Noetherian. Along the way, we give formulas for the Castelnuovo–Mumford regularity of powers of Fermat ideals and we determine their reduction ideals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-102
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Algebra
StatePublished - Dec 15 2016

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  • Castelnuovo–Mumford regularity
  • Minimal free resolutions
  • Reduction ideal
  • Rees algebra
  • Symbolic Rees algebra
  • Symbolic powers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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