An Infinite Analogue of Rings with Stable Rank One

Pere Ara, Gert K. Pedersen, Francesc Perera

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Replacing invertibility with quasi-invertibility in Bass' first stable range condition we discover a new class of rings, the QB-rings. These constitute a considerable enlargement of the class of rings with stablerank one (B-rings) and include examples like EndF(V), the ring of endomorphisms of a vector space V over some field F, and B(F), the ring of all row- and column-finite matrices over F. We show that the category of QB is stable under the formation of corners, ideals, and quotients, as well as matrices and direct limits. We also give necessary and sufficient conditions for an extension of QB-rings to be a QB-ring, and show that extensions of B-rings often lead to QB-rings. Specializing to the category of exchange rings we characterize the subset of exchange QB-rings as those in which every von Neumann regular element extends to a maximal regular element, i.e., a quasi-invertible element. Finally we show that the C*-algebras that are QB-rings are exactly the extremally rich C*-algebras studied by L. G. Brown and the second author. © 2000 Academic Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-655
JournalJournal of Algebra
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2000


  • -algebras
  • Bass stable rank
  • Exchange ring
  • Extremally rich C
  • Quasi-invertible element
  • Semi-prime ring
  • Von Neumann regularity


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