Commutative Rings Whose Finitely Generated Ideals Decompose into Direct Sums of Cyclic Ideals
The question of which commutative rings have the property that every finitely generated module is a direct sum of cyclic modules has been around for many years. We will call these rings FGC-rings. The problem originated in I. Kaplanskys papers , ;in which it was shown that a local domain is FGC if and only if it is an almost maximal valuation ring. For several years, this is one of the major open problems in the theory. The problem studied and solved in 1970s by various authors (R. S. Pierce, Brandal , Shores-R. Wiegand , S. Wiegand , Brandal-R. Wiegand  and V´amos , leading to a complete solution of the problem in the commutative case. To show that a commutative FGC-ring cannot have an infinite number of minimal prime ideals required the study of topological properties (so-called Zariski and patch topologies). For complete and more leisurely treatment of this subject, see Brandal . It gives a clear and detailed exposition for the reader wanting to study the subject. The main result reads as follows:
Theorem. A commutative ring R is an FGC-ring exactly if it is a finite direct sum of commutative rings of the following kinds:
- maximal valuation rings;
- almost maximal B´ezout domains;
- so-called torch rings (see  or  for more details on the torch rings).
Therefore, an interesting natural question of this sort is: “What is the class of commutative rings R for which every finitely generated ideal is a direct sum of principal ideals?” This problem is still open. The ring R is said to be an almost FGC-ring if every finitely generated ideal decomposes into a direct sum of cyclic (principal)ideals. The purpose of this proposal is to describe all the almost FGC-rings; i.e., characterize the almost FGC-rings and give as many examples as possible.
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1- M. Behboodi (Joint with G. Behboodi Eskandari) On rings over which every finitely generated module is a direct sum of cyclic modules, Hacettepe J. Mathematics and Statistics (Accepted) (ISI)
2- M. Behboodi (Joint with G. Behboodi Eskandari) Local duo-rings whose finitely generated modules are direct sums of cyclics, Indian J. Pure and Appl. Math. (Accepted) (ISI)