# Conductor of an integral closure

The ideal of a commutative integral ring $A$ which is the annihilator of the $A$-module $\bar A / A$, where $\bar A$ is the integral closure of $A$ in its field of fractions. Sometimes the conductor is regarded as an ideal of $\bar A$. If $\bar A$ is an $A$-module of finite type (e.g., if $A$ is a geometric ring), a prime ideal $\mathfrak P$ of $A$ contains the conductor if and only if the localization $A_{\mathfrak{P}}$ is not an integrally-closed local ring. In geometrical terms this means that the conductor determines a closed subscheme of the affine scheme $\mathrm{Spec}\,A$, consisting of the points that are not normal.