The Milnor Number of Plane Branches with Tame Semigroups of Values

  • A. Hefez
  • J. H. O. Rodrigues
  • R. Salomão


The Milnor number of an isolated hypersurface singularity, defined as the codimension \(\mu (f)\) of the ideal generated by the partial derivatives of a power series f that represents locally the hypersurface, is an important topological invariant of the singularity over the complex numbers. However it may loose its significance when the base field is arbitrary. It turns out that if the ground field is of positive characteristic, this number depends upon the equation f representing the hypersurface, hence it is not an invariant of the hypersurface. For a plane branch represented by an irreducible convergent power series f in two indeterminates over the complex numbers, it was shown by Milnor that \(\mu (f)\) always coincides with the conductor c(f) of the semigroup of values S(f) of the branch. This is not true anymore if the characteristic of the ground field is positive. In this paper we show that, over algebraically closed fields of arbitrary characteristic, this is true, provided that the semigroup S(f) is tame, that is, the characteristic of the field does not divide any of its minimal generators.


Singularities in positive characteristic Milnor number in positive characteristic Singularities of algebroid curves 

Mathematics Subject Classification

14B05 14H20 14D06 32S05 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Matemática e EstatísticaUniversidade Federal FluminenseNiteróiBrazil

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