Let $A$ be a dimer algebra and $Z$ its center. It is well known that if $A$ is cancellative, then $A$ and $Z$ are noetherian and $A$ is a finitely generated $Z$-module. Here we show the converse: if $A$ is non-cancellative (as almost all dimer algebras are), then $A$ and $Z$ are nonnoetherian and $A$ is an infinitely generated $Z$-module. Although $Z$ is nonnoetherian, we show that it nonetheless has Krull dimension 3 and is generically noetherian. Furthermore, we show that the reduced center is the coordinate ring for a Gorenstein algebraic variety with the strange property that it contains precisely one 'smeared-out' point of positive geometric dimension. In our proofs we introduce formalized notions of Higgsing and the mesonic chiral ring from quiver gauge theory.
- Pub Date:
- December 2014
- Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry;
- High Energy Physics - Theory;
- Mathematics - Commutative Algebra;
- Mathematics - Rings and Algebras
- 75 pages. Two new sections and an appendix (originally in 1301.7059v1) have been added