Stable homology over associative rings

Olgur Celikbas, Lars Winther Christensen, Li Liang, Greg Piepmeyer

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We analyze stable homology over associative rings and obtain results over Artin algebras and commutative noetherian rings. Our study develops similarly for these classes; for simplicity we only discuss the latter here. Stable homology is a broad generalization of Tate homology. Vanishing of stable homology detects classes of rings—among them Gorenstein rings, the original domain of Tate homology. Closely related to Gorensteinness of rings is Auslander’s G-dimension for modules. We show that vanishing of stable homology detects modules of finite G-dimension. This is the first characterization of such modules in terms of vanishing of (co)homology alone. Stable homology, like absolute homology, Tor, is a theory in two variables. It can be computed from a flat resolution of one module together with an injective resolution of the other. This betrays that stable homology is not balanced in the way Tor is balanced. In fact, we prove that a ring is Gorenstein if and only if stable homology is balanced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8061-8086
Number of pages26
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2017


  • G-dimension
  • Gorenstein ring
  • Stable homology
  • Tate homology


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