Let $R$ be a commutative ring with characteristic $0$, namely it contains the field of rational numbers. Higher Algebra Proposition tells that the category of commutative $R$-dg-algebras $\mathrm{CAlg^{dg}}(R)$ has a model structure induced from the projective model structure on chain complexes $\mathrm{Ch}(R)$, where weak equivalences are quasi-isomorphisms and fibrations are surjections (so, a morphism of commutative dg-algebras is a fibration or a weak equivalence if its underlying morphism of chain complexes is such).

In the proof of the following Proposition, an unproved claim (a condition in is implicitly used, namely:

The forgetful functor $\mathrm{CAlg^{dg}}(R) \to \mathrm{Ch}(R)$ preserves fibrant-cofibrant objects.

Now, every object is fibrant with respect to the considered model structures, so this claim boils down to check that if $A$ is a cofibrant object in $\mathrm{CAlg^{dg}}(R)$, then its underlying chain complex is cofibrant with respect to the projective model structure on $\mathrm{Ch}(R)$.

How can I prove this? If $R$ were a field then it would be very easy, because every chain complex over a field is cofibrant. I feel that I should somehow use that $R$ has characteristic $0$ (it contains $\mathbb Q$), but can't precisely figure out how.

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    $\begingroup$ This follows from analysis of the cofibrant resolution functor obtained from the small object arguments. All the important steps of the computation are done by Lurie, and there is only the task of checking that everything is fine. This is spelled out as the last assertion of Theorem 7.1.8 there:arxiv.org/abs/0912.2110 for instance. $\endgroup$ Jul 24 '20 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Denis-CharlesCisinski I think this is precisely what I was looking for, could you perhaps make your comment as an answer below? $\endgroup$ Jul 24 '20 at 12:34
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    $\begingroup$ You can also find proof in sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0022404994901457 , theorem 6.5, with $R$ a $\mathbb{Q}$- dg commutative algebra, and more references to similar results. $\endgroup$ Jul 25 '20 at 8:36

Fernando's answer tells you how to prove the statement directly. Alternatively, if you want a reference, this is proven in Corollary 3.6 of my PhD thesis paper (published in JPAA) Model Structures on Commutative Monoids in General Model Categories. I introduce an axiom that a monoidal model category $M$ can satisfy, the "strong commutative monoid axiom," which guarantees that:

  1. Commutative monoids in $M$ inherit a model structure transferred from $M$ along the forgetful functor $U$, meaning that a morphism $f$ is a weak equivalence or fibration if and only if $U(f)$ is in $M$, and
  2. $U$ preserves cofibrations with cofibrant source.

Note that (1) implies immediately that $U$ preserves fibrant objects. Then, in Section 5.1, I verify that the example you mention does satisfy this axiom. Furthermore, the initial CDGA is cofibrant, so a corollary of (2) is that $U$ takes cofibrant CDGAs to cofibrant chain complexes (sometimes said "$U$ preserves cofibrant objects").

Disclaimer: In Section 5.1 of that paper, I only state the result for when $R$ is a commutative $\mathbb{Q}$-algebra. In a later paper, I make the observation that everything works when $R$ has characteristic zero. Search Homotopical Adjoint Lifting Theorem for "characteristic" to see. This paper was joint with Donald Yau and published in Applied Categorical Structures.


Cofibrant CDGAs are retracts of cellular ones. A cellular cofibrant CDGA is a free commutative graded algebra on a (possibly transfinite) sequence of generators $x_1,x_2,\dots$ such that $d(x_i)$ only depends on previous generators. A linear basis is given by monomials $x_{i_1}^{n_{i_1}}\cdots x_{i_r}^{n_{i_r}}$ such that $i_j<i_{j+1}$ and $n_{i_j}=1$ if $|x_{i_j}|$ is odd. This follows from $\mathbb{Q}\subset R$. You can put a kind of lexicographic order in these monoimials in such a way that the differential of each one only depends on previous monomials. This is cofibrant as a complex in the projective model structure by virtue of the well-known set of generating cofibrations, i.e. it is a cellular complex.


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