Unique Factorization Domain is Integrally Closed

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Theorem

Let $A$ be a unique factorization domain (UFD).

Then $A$ is integrally closed.


Proof

Let $K$ be the quotient field of $A$.

Let $x \in K$ be integral over $A$.

Let: $x = a / b$ for $a, b \in A$ with $\gcd \set {a, b} \in A^\times$.

This makes sense because a UFD is GCD Domain.

There is an equation:

$\paren {\dfrac a b}^n + a_{n - 1} \paren {\dfrac a b}^{n - 1} + \dotsb + a_0$



with $a_i \in A$, $i = 0, \dotsc, n - 1$.

Multiplying by $b^n$, we obtain:

$a^n + b c = 0$

with $c \in A$.

Therefore:

$b \divides a^n$


Suppose $b$ is not a unit.

Then:

$\gcd \set {a, b} \notin A^\times$

which is a contradiction.


So $b$ is a unit, and:

$a b^{-1} \in A$



$\blacksquare$