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Good introductory references on algebraic stacks?

Are there any good introductory texts on algebraic stacks? I have found some readable half-finsished texts on the net, but the authors always seem to give up before they are finished. I have also ...
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D-modules, deRham spaces and microlocalization

Given a variety (or scheme, or stack, or presheaf on the category of rings), some geometers, myself included, like to study D-modules. The usual definition of a D-module is as sheaves of modules over ...
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What can we do with a coarse moduli space that we can't do with a DM moduli stack?

A couple weeks ago I attended a talk about the Keel-Mori theorem regarding existence of coarse moduli spaces for Deligne-Mumford stacks with finite inertia. Here are some questions that I have been ...
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fpqc covers of stacks

Artin has a theorem (10.1 in Laumon, Moret-Bailly) that if $X$ is a stack which has separated, quasi-compact, representable diagonal and an fppf cover by a scheme, then $X$ is algebraic. Is there a ...
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Different interpretations of moduli stacks

I'm taking my first steps in the language of stacks, and would like something cleared up. The intuitive idea of moduli spaces is that each point corresponds to an object of what we're trying to ...
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What about stacks of categories in algebraic geometry?

Stacks qua moduli spaces were introduced to keep track of nontrivial automorphisms of the objects they parameterize. In essence they are groupoids of objects with some form geometric cohesion. The ...
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Cohomologically trivial stacks

The following theorem of Serre is well-known: A noetherian scheme $X$ is affine if and only if $H^i(X; \mathcal{F}) = 0$ for all quasi-coherent sheaves $\mathcal{F}$ on $X$ and all $i>0$. ...
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algebraic group G vs. algebraic stack BG

I've gathered that it's "common knowledge" (at least among people who think about such things) that studying a (smooth) algebraic group G, as an algebraic group, is in some sense the same as studying ...
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Categorical construction of the category of schemes?

The answer to the following question is probably well known or the question itself is well known not to have a reasonable answer. In the latter case could you please let me know what the "right" ...
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Algebraic versus Analytic Brauer Group

Let $X$ be a smooth projective algebraic variety over $\mathbb{C}$. Then I think that someone (Serre?) showed that the Cohomological Etale Brauer Group agrees with the torsion part of the Analytic ...
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stacks as Morita equivalence classes

I have often encountered definitions of the kind "stacks are equivalence classes of groupoids under Morita equivalence" in topological or differentiable context, with the notion of Morita equivalence ...
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Stacks and sheaves

I'm a bit confused by the double role which sheaves play in the theory of stacks. On the one hand, sheaves on a site are the obvious generalization of a sheaf on a topological space. On the other ...
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The different types of stacks

This question is very naive, but it will help me a lot in getting in to the vast literature about stacks. The question is this: there are many kinds of stacks (algebraic spaces, DM, algebraic stacks, ...
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Stacks in modern number theory/arithmetic geometry

Stacks, of varying kinds, appear in algebraic geometry whenever we have moduli problems, most famously the stacks of (marked) curves. But these seem to be to be very geometric in motivation, so I was ...
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Is every algebraic space the quotient of a scheme by a finite group?

In this MO question it is claimed that a catchphrase for "algebraic spaces" could be that they are "the result of looking at the orbit space of the action of a finite group on a scheme". Hence my ...
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Applications of topological and diferentiable stacks

What are some examples of theorems about topology or differential geometry that have been proven using topological/differentiable stacks, or, some examples of proofs made easier by them? I'm well ...
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Applications of Stacks

I've been aware of stacks since grad school, and I can usually follow in rough lines a discussion about stacks, but I've often wondered what particular (purely!) scheme-theoretic argument or theorem ...
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Homotopy theory of topological stacks/orbifolds

Motivation $\newcommand{\T}{\mathscr{T}}$ I have many times found myself saying some variant of the following. Let $\T_g$ be the Teichm├╝ller space of a surface of genus $g$, and $\Gamma_g$ its ...
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Does a degeneration always have a larger-dimensional automorphism group?

Suppose $\newcommand{\X}{\mathcal{X}}\X$ is an algebraic stack over a field $k$, $\xi$ is a $k$-point which has another $k$-point $x$ in its closure ($x$ is an isotrivial degeneration of $\xi$). ...
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Moduli stack of principally polarized abelian varieties

I'm looking for an accessible reference for the fact that the moduli stack of principally polarized abelian varieties is in fact an algebraic stack. Faltings/Chai sketch two possible proofs in their ...
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In what topology DM stacks are stacks

Background/motivation One of the main reason to introduce (algebraic) stacks is build "fine moduli spaces" for functors which, strictly speaking, are not representable. The yoga is more or less as ...
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Ordinary cohomology of stacks

Let $\mathbf{X}$ be a stack over $Top$ (a lax sheaf of groupoids, or some such thing). If it admits a surjective representable map $F \to \mathbf{X}$ then one can form the iterated fibre product to ...
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Seeing stacks in the Calculus of Functors

Recently I was told (by an algebraic geometer) that when algebraic geometers look at the Calculus of Functors, they think of stacks. When I look at the Calculus of Functors, I see a categorification ...
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Qcoh(-) algebraic stack?

The $2$-functor $\text{Qcoh} : \text{Sch}^{op} \to \text{Cat}$, which sends a scheme to its category of quasi-coherent modules, is a stack by Descent Theory. Is it actually an algebraic stack? If not, ...
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Examples of algebraic stacks without coarse moduli space?

Keel-Mori's theorem says an algebraic stack with a finite diagonal over a scheme S has a coarse moduli space. What is an example of an algebraic stack without coarse moduli space?
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Does every morphism BG-->BH come from a homomorphism G-->H?

Given a homomorphism f:G→H between smooth algebraic groups, we get an induced homomorphism of algebraic stacks Bf:BG→BH, given by sending a G-torsor P over a scheme X to the H-torsor PxGH, ...
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Several simple questions on the geometry of higher stacks

I'm trying to understand definition/work out some examples. So, there are some simple questions about higher stacks. For the simplicity assume that we are working with higher DM (Deligne-Mumford) ...
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Why are non-singleton covering families often ignored?

It seems to me that frequently when discussing stack conditions and descent, people consider only singleton covering families, i.e. there is some single covering map $U\to X$, for which one constructs ...
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The Grothendieck Ring of Higher Stacks

The Grothendieck ring of varieties is defined to be the free abelian group spanned by isomorphism classes of varieties modulo the cut & paste (or scissor) relations, which say that $[X] = [U] + ...
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Atiyah-Bott from Beauville-Laszlo

This is a question about the cohomology groups of the stack of vector bundles (with fixed discrete invariants) on an algebraic curve. Explicit formulas for these cohomology groups are known, and they ...
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Is there a non-quotient stack with affine stabilizers whose good moduli space is a geometric point?

Definitions: One says that a map $\pi\colon\mathcal X\to X$ from an algebraic stack to an algebraic space is a good moduli space if $\pi$ is cohomologically affine and universal for maps to schemes. ...
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Stacks in the fpqc topology

This is related to Matt Satriano's earlier question about an analog of Artin's theorem for stacks with an fpqc cover by a scheme. Suppose one developed the theory of stacks in the fpqc topology and ...
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Is the Torelli map an immersion?

The Torelli map $\tau\colon M_g \to A_g$ sends a curve C to its Jacobian (along with the canonical principal polarization associated to C); see this question for a description which works for ...
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Are curves with `fractional points' uniquely determined by their residual gerbes?

One makes precise the vague notion of "curve with a fractional point removed" (see for instance these slides) using stacks -- one should really consider Deligne-Mumford stacks whose coarse spaces are ...
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Finiteness conditions on simplicial sheaves/presheaves

Could someone give an overview, or just some examples, of "finiteness conditions" for simplicial sheaves/presheaves and/or simplicial schemes? Any answer or comment about this would be interesting, ...
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Can a singular Deligne-Mumford stack have a smooth coarse space?

Let XX be a Deligne-Mumford stack and let XX \to X be a coarse moduli space. Suppose that X is smooth. Is XX smooth? If not, what is an example? What if XX is of finite type over C (the complex ...
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Basic questions about stacks

I'm trying to understand some basics of stacks in algebraic geometry and have three questions: 1) As far as I understand, the moduli stack of vector bundles over a scheme $X$ is a replacement for the ...
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Does sheafification preserve sheaves for a different topology?

Let $T_1$ and $T_2$ be two Grothendieck topologies on the same small category $C$, and let $T_3 = T_1 \cup T_2$ (by which I mean the smallest Grothendieck topology on $C$ containing $T_1$ and $T_2$). ...
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Local structure of Deligne-Mumford stacks

Let $\mathcal{X}$ be a separated Deligne-Mumford stack over an algebraically closed field $k$ and let $X$ be the corresponding coarse moduli space, which we assume to exist. There is a map ...
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Deformations of some simple quotient stacks.

I am interested in stacks of vector bundles on varieties and how deformations of the variety (including non-commutative ones) reflect themselves in deformations of the stack of vector bundles. I will ...
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Two questions on algebraic stacks

Question 1: The main reference on algebraic stacks (Laumon and Moret--Bailly) defines a separable algebraic stack as one having universally closed diagonal. For schemes separability is simply defined ...
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When does sheaf cohomology commute with arbitrary direct sums?

It is well known and more or less proven in Hartshorne's 'Algebraic Geometry' (p. 209) that for every noetherian scheme $X$ and every collection of abelian sheaves $\mathcal{F}_i$ the canonical map ...
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Why is there no stack of $\ell$-adic sheaves on a curve?

One of the main players in the categorical geometric langlands correspondence is the moduli stack of rank n integrable connections on a complex curve. The reason for considering such objects is that ...
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Kodaira-Spencer Theory and moduli of curves

I was looking at a paper of Farkas and the following confusing point came up. Let $\mathscr{M}_g$ be the moduli stack of smooth genus $g$ curves and let $\pi: \mathscr{C} \to \mathscr{M}_g$ be the ...
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Double Category of Topological Stacks

There are two equivalent ways of describing topological stacks. One is the "stacky" definition, that is, a topological stack is a stack $\mathbb{X}$ on $Top$ (a Grothendieck universe thereof, if ...
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“Approximating” $BGL(1)$ by projective spaces

Given a representation $V$ of a group $G$, we can think of $V$ as a vector bundle over the classifying stack $BG$, and we can define its index $\chi(BG; V)$ to be the dimension of the $G$-invariant ...
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Other examples of the algebro-geometric Ran space

First off, sorry if this seems vague. Let's recall some definition. Let $X$ be a curve over a field $k$ and $G$ an algebraic group, then the space $Ran_G(X)$ as defined by Lurie in his Tamagawa ...
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Why do gerbes live in H^2 ?

Line bundles on a scheme $X$ live in $H^1(X,O_X^*)$, where $O_{X}^{*}$ is the sheaf of invertible functions. If $X$ is noetherian separated, then we can think of this $H^1$ to be Cech cohmology ...
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Adjunctions form a stack

Let $C$ be a base category, $F,G$ be two categories fibered over $C$ and $F \to G$ be a morphism. The following criterion is used very often: If all the fiber functors $F_U \to G_U$ ($U \in C$) are ...
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what exactly is the moduli functor for classifying elliptic curves with (full) level N structure?

So, when people say, "the moduli problem of classifying elliptic curves over $\mathbb{C}$ with level $N$ structure", there are usually two associated functors I've seen: $P_N : ...