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# Mathematical Research Letters

## Volume 19 (2012)

### Number 1

### Regularity defect stabilization of powers of an ideal

Pages: 109 – 119

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/MRL.2012.v19.n1.a9

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#### Abstract

When $I$ is an ideal of a standard graded algebra $S$ with homogeneous maximal ideal $\mm$, itis known by the work of several authors that the Castelnuovo–Mumford regularity of $I^m$ultimately becomes a linear function $dm + e$ for $m \gg 0$.

We give several constraints on the behavior of what may be termed the \emph{regularity defect}(the sequence $e_m = \reg I^m - dm$) in various cases. When $I$ is $\mm$-primary we give afamily of bounds on the first differences of the $e_m$, including an upper bound on the increasingpart of the sequence; for example, we show that the $e_i$ cannot increase for $i \geq \dim(S)$.When $I$ is a monomial ideal, we show that the $e_i$ become constant for $i \geq n(n-1)(d-1)$,where $n = \dim(S)$.