Let $R$ be a Noetherian domain, and let $\mathfrak{p}$ be a prime ideal; consider the completion $\hat R_{\mathfrak{p}}$ of $R$ at $\mathfrak{p}$ (the inverse limit of the system of quotients $R/\mathfrak{p}^n$). If $R$ is a PID, it is easy to see that $\hat R_{\mathfrak{p}}$ is a domain.

Someone asked in sci.math if $\hat R_{\mathfrak{p}}$ would always be a domain. I thought it would, but looking at Eisenbud's "Commutative Algebra", I found a reference to a theorem of Larfeldt and Lech that says that if $A$ is any finite-dimensional algebra over a field $k$, then there is a Noetherian local integral domain $R$ with maximal ideal $\mathfrak{m}$ such that $\hat{R_{\mathfrak{M}}}\cong A[[x_1,\ldots,x_n]]$ for some $n$; and so this completion will not be a domain if $A$ is not a domain. I would like to know an example directly, if possible.

Does someone know an easy example of a noetherian domain $R$ and a prime ideal $\mathfrak{p}$ such that $\hat R_{\mathfrak{p}}$ is not a domain? Thanks in advance.

analytically irreducible, for obvious reasons. $\endgroup$ – Karl Schwede Jan 27 '11 at 19:44unibranch.$\endgroup$ – Karl Schwede Mar 20 '13 at 12:51