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### Faithful-flatness for maps of formal power series rings

Let $R$ be a ring (commutative with unit).Let $f_1,...,f_n\in R$ elements that generate the unit ideal. The map $R\to R_{f_1}\times ...\times R_{f_n}$ is faithfully flat, since this is just a Zariski ...

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### on smoothness of morphisms on an artinian base

Let $A$, $B$ two smooth $R$-algebras of finite type for a artinian local ring $R$.
Let $I$ an ideal such that $I^{2}=0$ and $\bar{R}=R/I$.
We assume that the map $Spec B/IB\rightarrow Spec A/IA$ is ...

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### flatness of power series rings

It is known that $A[[X]]$ is flat if $A$ is noetherian (see for example Bourbaki, Algèbre commutative, Ch. III, §3, Cor. 3 p. 146).
What happens if A is not noetherian? Is there an easy ...

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### Formal criterion of flatness

Let $k$ be a field, $S$ and $R$ be local $k$-algebras with residue field $k$ and $\phi:S\to R$ be a local homomorphism. Then $\phi$ induces (obviously) a natural transformation of "functors of points" ...

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### Are irreducible components of a flat family flat?

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a flat morphism of schemes of finite type over a field $k$, and assume $Y$ is irreducible. Let $X_1, \dots, X_n$ be the scheme-theoretic irreducible components of $X$ (i.e., ...

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### Can flatness be specified by a natural coherent sheaf?

More precisely:
Given a finite-type morphism $f \colon X \to Y$ of nice schemes (say, both of finite type over a field), is there a "natural" coherent sheaf $\mathcal F_f$ on $X$ such that the ...

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### Does smoothness descend along flat morphisms?

Suppose $f:X\to Y$ is a flat morphism of schemes. If $X$ is smooth at $x$, must $Y$ be smooth at $f(x)$?
If $f$ is locally finitely presented, then it is open (using EGA IV 1.10.4), so after ...

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### Is the support of a flat sheaf flat?

Note: in the following, all scheme/algebra morphisms should be assumed essentially of finite type.
Geometric version: Let $X$ be a scheme flat over $S$ (both noetherian), and let $\mathscr{F}$ be ...

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### Subtle examples of morphisms that are finite but not flat

Let $R$ be a ring (commutative noetherian with unit), and let $K(R)$ be its total ring of fractions (obtained by inverting all nonzerodivisors). Thus, $R \hookrightarrow K(R)$. Let $a \in K(R)$ be ...

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### Alternative module-theoretic characterization of flatness

Let $A \to B$ be a homomorphism of commutative rings. I would like to find a criterion for the flatness of $A \to B$ which does not involve the notion of kernels; it should rather involve cokernels. ...

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### Quotient of flat module is flat - a property in Mumford's Red book

Hi,
In Mumford's "Red Book of Varieties and Schemes", Chapter III, Paragraph 10 (entitled "Flat and smooth morphisms"), the following property is stated:
Let $M$ be a $B$-module, and $B$ an algebra ...

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### Torsion-free tensor powers

Let $R$ be an integral domain. If $M$ is an $R$-module such that every tensor power of $M$ over $R$ is $R$-torsion-free, then is $M$ necessarily flat as an $R$-module? If not, then does this ...

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### Commutator tensors and submodules

Let $k$ be a commutative ring with $1$, and let $B$ be a submodule of a $k$-module $A$.
For every $n\in\mathbb N$ and every $k$-module $V$, let $K^n\left(V\right)$ denote the kernel of the canonical ...

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### Flatness of a homogeneous quasi-coherent sheaf on the formal plane from flatness on lines through the origin?

(This is a follow-up to a previous question; as often happens, I didn't include enough hypotheses, so I'm asking a new, more-likely-to-be-true question).
Consider the formal plane ...

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### Flatness on the formal plane from flatness on lines through the origin?

Consider the formal plane $\operatorname{Spec}\mathbb C[[t,h]]$, and let $\mathcal F$ be a quasi-coherent sheaf. Now assume that $\mathcal F$ is flat over infinitely many lines through the origin of ...

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### The inverse limit of locally free module

A is an I-adic complete Noetherian ring. M is a finitely generated A module. For any n>0, $M/I^nM$ is a finitely generated locally free A/I^n-module. Is M necessarily a locally free A-module?

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### Are submersions of differentiable manifolds flat morphisms?

Let $\pi \colon M\to N$ be a smooth map between real smooth manifolds. Then $C^\infty(M)$ forms a module over $C^\infty(N)$ (via pullback). Is this module flat when $\pi$ is a submersion?
Recall that ...

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### Can a quotient ring R/J ever be flat over R?

If R is a ring and J⊂R is an ideal, can R/J ever be a flat R-module? For algebraic geometers, the question is "can a closed immersion ever be flat?"
The answer is yes: take J=0. For a less ...