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Consider a fiber square $\require{AMScd}$ \begin{CD} X' @>i'>> Y'\\ @V g V V @VV f V\\ X @>>i> Y, \end{CD} where $i$ and $i'$ are regular immersions, and consider the excess normal bundle defined by the exact sequence $$ 0 \to N_{X'/Y'} \to N_{X/Y} \to E \to 0, $$ which measures the failure of $f$ to be transverse to $i(X)$ in the sense of differential topology.

Does anyone know a reference for the fact that $L_j f^*(i_* \mathcal O_X) = \Lambda^j E^*$?

If $f$ is also a regular immersion then this is SGA 6, VII, Proposition 2.5, although that's not the friendliest reference. If need be I can derive the fact I want from that special case, but I'd rather just have it off the shelf.

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See Lemma 3.2 in the following paper: R. W. Thomason, Les K-groupes d'un schéma éclaté et une formule d'intersection excédentaire, Invent. Math. 112, 195--215 (1993), DOI.

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  • $\begingroup$ Perfect, thanks. $\endgroup$ Aug 3, 2020 at 17:39
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Perhaps, Proposition 1.28 in https://arxiv.org/abs/1411.7994 may help.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Sasha, this is very nice too! $\endgroup$ Aug 3, 2020 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ I have an idle dream of writing a sequel to Huybrechts' Fourier-Mukai book that includes all these little things that I need all the time. Or maybe you can do it, you're much energetic than I am. $\endgroup$ Aug 3, 2020 at 17:50
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    $\begingroup$ I have no experience in writing books, so I would be afraid to start. $\endgroup$
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    Aug 3, 2020 at 18:00

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