Spectrum of Noetherian ring is Noetherian

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The spectrum of a Noetherian ring is a Noetherian space.

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Noetherian ring

Further information: Noetherian ring

Noetherian space

Further information: Noetherian space


The converse is not in general true. In other words, there can be non-Noetherian rings whose spectrum is Noetherian. For instance, if the quotient of a ring by its nilradical is Noetherian, then the spectrum is Noetherian, even if the ring itself is not Noetherian.


The key idea is this: a strictly descending chain of closed subsets in the spectrum, gives rise to a strictly ascending chain of radical ideals in the ring. Thus, if the spectrum had an infinite strictly descending chain of closed subsets, then the Noetherian ring would have an infinite strictly ascending chain of radical ideals: a contradiction.