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In abstract algebra, the idealizer of a subsemigroup T of a semigroup S is the largest subsemigroup of S in which T is an ideal.[1] Such an idealizer is given by

\mathbb{I}_S(T)=\{s\in S \mid sT\subseteq T \text{ and } Ts\subseteq T\}

In ring theory, if A is an additive subgroup of a ring R, then \mathbb{I}_R(A) (defined in the multiplicative semigroup of R) is the largest subring of R in which A is a two-sided ideal.[2][3]

In Lie algebra, if L is a Lie ring (or Lie algebra) with Lie product [x,y], and S is an additive subgroup of L, then the set

\{r\in L\mid [r,S]\subseteq S\}

is classically called the normalizer of S, however it is apparent that this set is actually the Lie ring equivalent of the idealizer. It is not necessary to mention that [S,r]⊆S, because anticommutativity of the Lie product causes [s,r] = −[r,s]∈S. The Lie "normalizer" of S is the largest subring of S in which S is a Lie ideal.


Often, when right or left ideals are the additive subgroups of R of interest, the idealizer is defined more simply by taking advantage of the fact that multiplication by ring elements is already absorbed on one side. Explicitly,

\mathbb{I}_R(T)=\{r\in R \mid rT\subseteq T \}

if T is a right ideal, or

\mathbb{I}_R(L)=\{r\in R \mid Lr\subseteq L \}

if L is a left ideal.

In commutative algebra, the idealizer is related to a more general construction. Given a commutative ring R, and given two subsets A and B of an R module M, the conductor or transporter is given by

(A:B):=\{r\in R \mid Br\subseteq A\}.

In terms of this conductor notation, an additive subgroup B of R has idealizer


When A and B are ideals of R, the conductor is part of the structure of the residuated lattice of ideals of R.


The multiplier algebra M(A) of a C*-algebra A is isomorphic to the idealizer of π(A) where π is any faithful nondegenerate representation of A on a Hilbert space H.



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