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### What does a projective resolution mean geometrically?

For R a commutative ring and M an R-module, we can always find a projective resolution of M which replaces M by a sequence of projective R-modules. But as R is commutative, we can consider the affine ...

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### Intuition about the cotangent complex?

Does anyone have an answer to the question "What does the cotangent complex measure?"
Algebraic intuitions (like "homology measures how far a sequence is from being exact") are as welcome as ...

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### Simplicial objects

How should one think about simplicial objects in a category versus actual objects in that category? For example, both for intuition and for practical purposes, what's the difference between a ...

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### A down-to-earth introduction to the uses of derived categories

When I was learning about spectral sequences, one of the most helpful sources I found was Ravi Vakil's notes here. These notes are very down-to-earth and give a kind of minimum knowledge needed about ...

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### How to think about model categories?

I've read about model categories from an Appendix to one of Lurie's papers.
What are the examples of model categories? What should be my intuition about them?
E.g. I understand the typical examples ...

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### What is a deformation of a category?

I have several naive and possibly stupid questions about deformations of categories. I hope that someone can at least point me to some appropriate references.
What is a deformation of a (linear, dg, ...

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### What (if anything) unifies stable homotopy theory and Grothendieck's six functors formalism?

I know of two very general frameworks for describing generalizations of what a "cohomology theory" should be: Grothendieck's "six functors", and the theory of spectra.
In the former, one assigns to ...

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### How do I know the derived category is NOT abelian?

I have heard the claim that the derived category of an abelian category is in general additive but not abelian. If this is true there should be some toy example of a (co)kernel that should be there ...

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### Which properties of a variety are detected by its derived category of coherent sheaves?

Context: I'm giving an informal seminar/reading group collection of talks on derived categories, following on from earlier talks giving the abstract definition. I am starting to talk about ...

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### Heuristic behind the Fourier-Mukai transform

What is the heuristic idea behind the Fourier-Mukai transform? What is the connection to the classical Fourier transform?
Moreover, could someone recommend a concise introduction to the subject?

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### Why are derived categories natural places to do deformation theory?

It seems to me that a lot of people do deformation theory (of schemes, sheaves, maps etc) in derived category (of an appropriate abelian category). For example, the cotangent complex of a morphism ...

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### Homotopy-theoretic derived Morita equivalences

Recall that two $k$-algebras $A, B$ are Morita equivalent iff their categories of left modules are equivalent. However, this relation turns out to be rather fine and one introduces a coarser ...

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### Is there a Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch type of theorem generalizing Grothendieck's Lefschetz trace formula

Grothendieck deduced that the L-function of a (constructible) $\ell$-adic sheaf on a variety over $\mathbf{F}_p$ is rational from the generalized trace formula.
My first question is based on the ...

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### Derived categories and homotopy categories

There are two constructions that look quite similar to me: the derived category of an abelian category, and the homotopy category of a model category. Is there any explicit relationship between these ...

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### determinant of a perfect complex

Say $K_\bullet$ is a bounded complex of vector bundles. I seem to want the determinant of $K_\bullet$ to be the alternating tensor product of the terms of the complex:
$\det(K) = \bigotimes_n ...

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### Is the Fukaya category “defined”?

Sometimes people say that the Fukaya category is "not yet defined" in general.
What is meant by such a statement? (If it simplifies things, let's just stick with Fukaya categories of compact ...

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### distinguished triangles and cohomology

Start with A an abelian category and form the derived category D(A).
Take a triangle (not necessarily distinguished) and take it's cohomology. We obtain a long sequence (not necessarily exact). If the ...

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### How can one interpret homology and Stokes' Theorem via derived categories?

I am very far removed from being an expert on derived categories. Every few months, however, I read a different introductory text with the hope that eventually I will have some basic grasp on this ...

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### Why does the naive definition of compactly supported étale cohomology give the wrong answer?

Illusie's article about étale cohomology available here (in French) mentions that the standard definition of compactly supported cohomology (and higher direct images with compact support) does not ...

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### When is every “solid” perfect complex faithful?

Let $R$ be a noetherian commutative ring. Consider $D^{perf}(R)=K^b(R-proj)$ the category of bounded complexes of finitely generated projective $R$-modules, with maps of complexes up to homotopy.
...

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### What is a flop (and when are they conjectured to give derived equivalences)?

(1) Is the definition of flop given by Wikipedia the industry standard?
(2) Regardless of the answer to (1), when is it expected that a birational transformation gives rise to a derived ...

**12**

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### Analytic Torsion in the Derived Category

I recently learned about analytic torsion and about the amazing Cheeger-Muller theorem identifying analytic and Reidemeister torsion for compact Riemannian manifolds.
Now analytic torsion is defined ...

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### The derived category of integral representations of a Dynkin quiver.

Let $Q$ be a Dynkin quiver. Let $\mathbb CQ$ be its complex path algebra. It is defined in a way such that modules over $\mathbb CQ$ are the same as representations of the quiver $Q$. Let's write ...

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### References for a certain generalization of Hochschild cohomology?

Let $C$ be an algebra. Let $E = C^{\otimes 2n}$ be the tensor product (over the ground field) of $2n$ copies of $C$. [EDIT: Or better, $E = C\otimes C^{op}\otimes C\otimes C^{op}\cdots\otimes C ...

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### Sheaves without global sections

The line bundle $O(-1)$ on a projective space or $O(-\rho)$ on a flag variety has a property that all its cohomology vanish. Is there a story behind such sheaves?
Here are more precise questions. Let ...

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### Freyd-Mitchell for triangulated categories?

Is there a nice analog of the Freyd-Mitchell theorem for triangulated categories (potentially with some requirements)? Freyd-Mitchell is the theorem which says that any small abelian category is a ...

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### Examples for Decomposition Theorem

There's an important piece of geometric knowledge usually quoted as Beilinson-Bernstein-Deligne.
Here's a refresher: by $IC$ one means the intersection complex, which is just $\mathbb Q$ for a smooth ...

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### When do six operations work?

This question comes (heavily edited) from my notes, thus slightly unusual structure.
We know that algebraic maps have very strict structure, and in many settings the operations ...

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### Fiber functors to derived categories

Suppose that $G$ is an algebraic group over a field $k$. Then for any $k$-algebra $R$, a fiber functor from $\text{Rep}_k(G)$ to the category of projective modules over $R$ is the same as a ...

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### What is the relation between the Lie bracket on $TX$ as commutator and that coming from the Atiyah class?

Let X be a complex manifold and $TX$ its tangent bundle. The Atiyah class $\alpha(E)\in \text{Ext}^1(E\otimes TX, E)$ for a vector bundle $E$ is defined to be the obstruction of the global existence ...

**10**

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### An example of an object in $D^b_{\text{coh}}(\mathbb{P}^2)$ which is not formal

We know that for a curve $X$, any object $\mathcal{E}^{\bullet}$ in the derived category $D^b_{\text{coh}}(X)$ is formal, i.e. $\mathcal{E}^{\bullet}$ is quasi-isomporphic to the direct sum of its ...

**10**

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**1**answer

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### Fullness of pullback functor in algebraic geometry

Given $f:X\to Y$ a morphism of schemes (or stacks if it's not harder), I am interested in a geometric reformulation of the condition that the functor $f^*:D^b(Coh(Y))\to D^b(Coh(X))$ is full. I can ...

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### Derived categories of (coherent) sheaves of modules: exceptional images, gluing, and proper descent?

I am interested in the properties of (the derived categories) of various categories of (coherent) sheaves of modules (over varieties). I would like to understand in what extent these properties are ...

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### Are $D^b_{coh}(X)$ and $D^b(Coh(X))$ derived equivalent?

Let $X$ be a variety. Let $D^b(Coh(X))$ be the derived category of bounded complexes of coherent sheaves on $X$, and $D^b_{coh}(X)$ be the derived category of bounded complexes of sheaves of ...

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### Fourier-Mukai functors being identity on objects

Let $X$ be a projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$, denote by $D^b(X)$ the bounded derived category of coherent sheaves on $X$. Suppose we have a Fourier-Mukai functor $\Phi_{X\rightarrow ...

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### How to write down the determinant of a quasi-isomorphism?

This question about the determinant of a perfect complex reminded me of an old question that I had.
The construction of the determinant (as in MR1914072 or MR0437541) is a difficult piece of ...

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**1**answer

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### Why is proving fully-faithfulness of an integral functor locally analytically sufficient?

More than once I've come across a statement in a paper about derived categories in which it says something to the effect of "in order to prove that $\Phi:D^b(X)\rightarrow D^b(Y)$ is fully-faithful we ...

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### McKay correspondence and tensor products

The theorem of Bridgeland-King-Reid says that if $M$ is a smooth quasi-projective complex variety of dimension at most $3$ on which a finite group $G$ acts such that the canonical sheaf $\omega_M$ is ...

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### Generating the derived category with line bundles

The following lemma is useful and well-known:
LEMMA If $L^{\pm 1}$ is ample on proper scheme over a field $k$, then some number of powers $\mathcal{O},L,...,L^{m}$ generate the unbounded derived ...

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### Categories which are not compactly generated

Do you know natural examples of triangulated categories (or [presentable] stable $\infty$-categories) which are not compactly generated? (ideally they'd be defined algebraically, but curious to hear ...

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### Derived Physics

Hello to all,
This question will probably be closed down as being off-topic faster than one can say "string theory", but here it goes: I've noticed that the problems I'm working on -the structure of ...

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### Recovering an abelian category out of its derived category

I'm trying to learn more about derived category stuff and my curiosity has made me to ask these questions. Sorry if I'm being sloppy, I'm a new learner.
In Wikipedia it has been stated that since ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

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### What is the Hochschild cohomology of the dg category of perfect complexes on a variety?

Let $X$ be a quasi-projective variety over a field $k$. Let $D_{qcoh}$ be a dg enhancement of the unbounded derived category of quasi-coherent sheaves over $X$, and $D_{perf}$ its full subcategory of ...

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### Derived functors vs universal delta functors

I would like to understand the relationship between the derived category definition of a right derived functor Rf (which involves an initial natural transformation n: Qf → (Rf)Q, where Q is the ...

**8**

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**1**answer

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### Can Enriques Surfaces have non-trivial TWISTED Fourier-Mukai partners?

It is a well-known fact that for an Enriques surface $Y$, if $D^b(Y)\cong D^b(X)$ for some smooth projective variety $X$, then $X\cong Y$. In other words, Enriques surfaces have no non-trivial ...

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### Reconstructing the Chow ring from the derived category

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety and write $\mathbf{D}(X)$ for its triangulated category of perfect complexes of quasi-coherent sheaves.
Recall that $\mathbf{D}(X)$ determines the Grothendieck ...

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### The composition of derived functors - commutation fails hazardly?

Hello,
When we have left exact functors $F: A \to B , G: B \to C$ (between abelian categories), we would like sometimes to state that $D(GF)=D(G)D(F)$ (functors between bounded below derived ...

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### Intuition about the triangulation of a homotopy category K(A)

Let $\cal{A}$ be an additive category. Given a morphism of (cochain) complexes $f:X\rightarrow Y$ we can form the mapping cone $C_f$, which is the complex $X[1]\oplus Y$ with differential given by
...

**7**

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### Lifting isomorphisms between derived categories

(Remark: I first asked this question at math.stackexchange. As it received no answer, I'm posting it here).
Suppose $A$ and $B$ are commutative rings. Let $A\to B$ be a surjective ring homomorphism. ...

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### Compact generation for modular representations

Are the derived categories of modular representations of algebraic groups compactly generated? (e.g. consider SL_2 in characteristic 2). Note modular reps of finite groups are compactly generated (by ...