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### Geometric intuition for the condition of Galois descent

Continuing in my attempts to understand bits and pieces of Borceux and Janelidze's Galois Theories, I've just realized that I don't have any geometric intuition for the most convenient ...

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### For a universal covering morphism $p:E\rightarrow B$, how to prove $E$ connected implies $B$ connected?

Definition. An arrow $\alpha:A\rightarrow B$ in $\mathsf C=\mathsf{Fam}(\mathsf A)$ is said to be a covering morphism if there exists an effective descent morphism $p:E\rightarrow B$ that splits it, i....

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### Categorification of covering morphisms

Given a category $\mathsf{A}$, let $\mathsf{Fam}(\mathsf{A})$ be its free coproduct cocompletion (which is always extensive). This means every object has a unique up to iso presentation as a coproduct ...

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### When does effective descent of modules hold?

Let $A$ be a commutative ring with identity. I denote by $\Delta_{\leq 1}$ the full subcategory of the simplex category $\Delta$ with objects $[0]$ and $[1]$. Let $B_{\cdot} : \Delta_{\leq 1}^{\mathrm{...

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### Expressing the stack of sheaves with 1-limits

Zhen Lin's answer to the MSE question mentions that $\mathsf{Sh}(-)$ is a stack for the canonical topology on the site of open subsets of a space. One of the comments asks whether the stack descent ...

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### $\mathbb E$-descent maps in topological spaces in terms of different sites?

The paper Facets of Descent I by Janelidze and Tholen defines $\mathbb E$-descent maps as those for which $\Phi^p:\mathbb EB\longrightarrow \mathsf{Des}_\mathbb{E}(p)$ is an equivalence of categories.
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### Which simplicial objects are Čech nerves?

In 1-categories, a regular epimorphism is a coequalizer of some parallel pair. An effective epimorphism is one which coequalizes its kernel pair. In the presence of kernel pairs, regular and ...

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### Difficulties with descent data as homotopy limit of image of Čech nerve

Apologies if this question is inappropriate for MO. It is not a research level question in any of the topics it addresses, I just don't see how a novice can go about answering it alone (I've tried ...

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### Descent of Higher categorical structures along geometric morphisms

Let $f: \mathcal{E} \rightarrow \mathcal{T}$ be a geometric morphism between two (Grothendieck) toposes (or maybe more generally a bounded geometric morphism between elementary toposes).
It is well ...

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### Does the Amitsur complex have a universal property?

The question is essentially the title. In other words, is there some universal property that the Amitsur complex for a morphism of rings $\phi:A\to B$ satisfies as a cosimplicial ring, or cosimplicial ...

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### Existence of $B$-reduction of a $G$-torsor on a curve

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, $X$ a connected smooth curve over $k$, $G$ a connected reductive group over $k$, and $B \subset G$ a Borel subgroup.
Given a $G$-torsor $E$ on $X$ in the ...

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### Descent of sheaves under galois covering

Let $\pi: Y\rightarrow X$ be a finite Galois covering between normal projective varieties with Galois group $G$. Let $E$ be a coherent sheaf on $Y$ with a $G$-linearisation, i.e., there are ...

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### “Why” are monadicity and descent related?

This question is probably too vague for experts, but I really don't know how to avoid it.
I've read in several places that under mild conditions, a morphism is an effective descent morphism iff the ...

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### Is Carlos Simpson's Descent available online?

I am not sure whether this question is suitable for MO. Is the paper "Descent" by Carlos Simpson in the book "Alexandre Grothendieck: A Mathematical Portrait" page 83-142 (or a similar version of that ...

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### Reinterpreting Galois descent over finite fields

This question is indirectly related to my previous question Is an elliptic curve that is isomorphic to its Frobenius conjugate defined over $\mathbb{F}_p$?
Let $\mathbb{F}_{q^n}/\mathbb{F}_q$ be an ...

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### What is descent data (of higher categories), conceptually?

First consider a scheme $X$ with an open cover $\mathcal{U}=\{U_i\}$. An object with descent data on $\mathcal{U}$ is a collection $(\mathcal{E}_i,\phi_{ij})$ where $\mathcal{E}_i$ is a quasi-...

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### Flat Connections on Ring Spectra

So first I'll try to give a really quick reminder of the classical description of these things when one is doing non-commutative descent theory. In the setting of discrete algebra, if we have a ...

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### Reference for cdh topology

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a proper surjective morphism over some base scheme $S$ of finite type, suppose $f$ restricts to an isomorphism over some open $U$ of $X$, we also suppose both $X$ and $Y$ are ...

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### A model category for descent?

Recall that an $(\infty,1)$-category $C$ is said to have descent if for any small diagram $X:I\to M$ with (homotopy) colimit $\overline{X}$, the adjunction between $C/\overline{X}$ and "equifibered" $...

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### Extending descent data from the special fiber of an extension of DVR's

My question is about the proof of Lemma D.3 on p. 147 of the book "Neron models" by Bosch, Lutkebohmert, and Raynaud. Namely, towards the end of that proof there is the sentence "That $\varphi$ ...

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### Descent datum for a line bundle

Let $\pi:C \to \mathbb P^1$ be a double cover branched at $r$ points. To understand the theory of descent better, I would like, if possible, to construct by hands the descent datum of a line bundle ...

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### modular forms, invertible sheaves, and quotients

I'm very confused about some contradicatory statements, and I hope someone can help me clarify this.
Let $\Gamma$ be a congruence subgroup. It is well known that modular forms of weight $k$ for $\...

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### Descent of functions along finite birational morphisms

Let $A\to B$ be a morphism of (unitary commutative) rings such that $B$ is module-finite over $A$ and there exists $f\in A$ which is a nonzerodivisor in $A$ and in $B$, with $A[1/f]\to B[1/f]$ an ...

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### Representable torsors on geometric groupoid

Let $(C,\tau,\mathbb P)$ be a geometric context, as defined by Toen and Vezzosi. Let $(X_1\rightrightarrows X_0)$ be a groupoid object in $C$ such that the source and target morphisms are in $\mathbb ...

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### Descend of etale morphism

I am not sure whether the title is appropriate for this question or not. I am sorry if there is anyone who is confused with the title and the contents.
What I want to ask is the following: let $k$ be ...

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### Which morphisms of ring spectra are of effective descent for modules?

There is a well understood bifibration of $\infty$-categories over the $\infty$-category of commutative ring spectra whose fiber over a ring $R$ is the category of $R$-module spectra. This is in ...

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### Pure morphisms which are not faithfully flat

Joyal and Tierney proved that morphisms of rings which are of effective descent are exactly those morphisms $\phi:R\to S$ such that $\phi$ presents $S$ as a pure $R$-module. Grothendieck had ...

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### Why does the first Cech cohomology classify twisted forms?

Suppose I have a faithfully flat cover of schemes $\phi:X\to Y$, and a sheaf $F$ on $Y$. I might be interested in so-called ``twisted forms for $F$." That is, sheaves $F'$ on $Y$ such that $\phi^\ast(...

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### Higher Descent Cohomology

Descent cohomology for a comonad is defined at degrees 0 and 1 by Mesablishvili in his paper "On Descent Cohomology" (as well as by many other authors in many other contexts). For a comonad $\bot$ on ...

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### How is a descent datum the same as a comodule structure?

For a homomorphism of commutative rings $f:R\to S$, there are at least two notions of a descent datum for this map. One of these is to be an $S$-module $M$, with an isomorphism $M\otimes_R S\cong S\...

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### Pullback as a local property

Given a commutative square in a nice category, say, manifolds $Mfd$. Suppose all edges are submersions (I guess transverse should be OK), then the square is a pullback if and only if it locally is, i....

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### fpqc stackification

I am reading Lurie's Tannakian paper (http://www.math.harvard.edu/~lurie/papers/Tannaka.pdf) and I am confused about one point.
At the end of page 3 he defines a stack-hom in any topos, which is ...

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### Counter-example to faithfully flat descent

I am looking for a counter example to the fact that a faithfully flat morphism is
an effective descent morphism for the category of quasi-coherent sheaves
when one forgets the quasi-compact hypothesis....

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### On divisorial correspondences between curves

Assume we are given two smooth curves $C_1$ and $C_2$ over an algebraically closed field $k$. It is known that divisorial correspondences between them correspond to homomorphisms between their ...

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### Galois descent for semilinear endomorphisms

Let $K \subset L$ be a finite Galois extension, $\sigma$ an automorphism of $L$ (not necessarily fixing $K$) and let $E$ be a finite-dimensional vector space over $L$ together with an $\sigma$-linear ...

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### what is Deligne's cohomological descent (and what are some examples)

As far as I understand Deligne's far reaching generalisation of Čech cohomology is called cohomological descent and is used to endow any variety with a (mixed) Hodge structure.
Again, AFAIU, the idea ...

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### cech cohomology in topos

Hi,
The following result seems to be well known, but I can't come up with a proof.
Suppose that $C$ is a topos and that $F\to G$ is an effective epimorphism in $C$. If $P$ is
any abelian sheaf on $C$...

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### descent of a complex of sheaves

Let X a projective variety over an algebraically closed field on which an abelian variety $A$ acts freely.
Then $X/A$ is a projective variety. Let $f:X\rightarrow X/A$
Let $K\in D_{c}^{\leq 0}(X,\bar{...

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### How does descent theory imply a sheaf is a scheme?

I've noticed that often authors will comment that "descent theory" shows that some sheaf in the étale topology is actually a scheme. I was wondering what result in descent theory actually implies ...

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### Can we describe equivariant vector bundles of free group action in terms of descent theory (Barr-Beck theorem)?

It is well known that for a compact topological group $G$ acts (say, from the right) freely on a compact space $X$. Then the category of equivariant complex vector bundles on $X$, $\text{Vect}_G(X)$, ...

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### A small detail in Neron Models (Bosch-Lütkebohmert-Raynaud) on descent theory

My question is about a small detail on page 132 of the above-mentioned book.
Let $R'$ be a faithfully flat $R$ algebra and $M'$ a $R'$-module. Let $\varphi: p_1^* M' \cong p_2^* M'$ be a covering ...

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### Les deux théorèmes d'existence en théorie formelle des modules

In Exposé 195 of the Séminaire Bourbaki, Grothendieck states the following two theorems of non-flat descent.
Theorem 1. Let $\Lambda$ be a noetherian ring and $C$ the category of $\Lambda$-...

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### Descent of Morphisms of Sheaves

While reading Brylinski I am trying to understand the descent of morphisms of sheaves.
In trying to form a new definition of a presheaf $A$ over a space $X$, we associate to each surjective local ...

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### classify \mu_n torsors

Recently I read in Milne's book "etale cohomology" that the set $H^1(X,\mu_n)$ ($X$ a scheme, $n$ a nature number, the cohomology is flat cohomology) can be described as the set of pairs $(L,\phi)$, ...

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### References to SGA 8 and descent theory

In Geometric Invariant Theory, by Mumford, Fogarty, and Kirwan, if there is a mention of descent theory, it almost always comes along with a reference to SGA 8, Theorem 5.2 (see the end of the proof ...

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### Classification of principal G-bundles over a differentiable stack

According to "Notes on differentiable stacks" by Heinloth,
the classifying stack will also classify $G$-bundles on stacks. (Remark 2.13)
(Here $G$ is a Lie group.) My questions are:
(1) What ...

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### Noetherian descent extension for a given ring

For a homomorphism of rings $R \to S$, the following are equivalent:
a) $(-) \otimes_R S : \mathrm{Mod}(R) \to \mathrm{Mod}(S)$ reflects isomorphisms
b) $R \to S$ satisfies effective descent with ...

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### Galois cohomology of generic points of formal completions (of components of a hypercovering of the subvariety): examples or general statements?

Let $Y$ be a closed smooth subvariety in a (smooth) affine variety $X$. What can one say about the etale cohomology of the generic points of the formal completion of $X$ along $Y$ i.e. about the ...

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### Weil's descent criteria for covers from the critereon for varieties?

I have read several articles which use a version of the Weil decent criterion for covers, but the reference is always to Weil's original paper (1956 - The field of definition of a variety). I would ...

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### Intersections of components of 'simple' ('local") Zariski coverings

I would like to study the ordered Cech cohomology with respect to a Zariski covering of a variety. I can pass to the limit with respect to refinements; the components of the 'limit covering' will be ...