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### Using comonadicity to prove faithfully flat descent

I have heard many times that faithfully flat descent could be reinterpreted via Beck's monadicity theorem; Deligne's paper "Catégories tannakiennes" even explains in section 4 how to do this ...
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### The derived category does not satisfy descent - example

One motivation for studying infinity categories is that the derived category does not satisfy Zariski descent, although the infinity categorical version does. I would like to see an example of Zariski ...
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### Unitary involutions on a simple central algebra after a scalar extension

$\DeclareMathOperator{id}{id}$ Let $L/K$ be a quadratic separable extension of fields. Let $A$ be a central simple algebra over $L$ such that its norm $N_{L/K}(A)$ splits. Then we know that there ...
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### Faithfully flat descent in complex analytic geometry

A common technique for constructing objects (sheaves) and morphisms in algebraic geometry is faithfully flat descent. Roughly speaking this consists on constructing an object or a morphism "...
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### Basic example of derived descent

I've been trying to understand the Adams spectral sequence, and I've gotten myself confused about how derived descent is supposed to work, so I would like to understand a simple example. Given a ...
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### Question regarding Galois descent of sections of a vector bundle

Let $\pi: Y\rightarrow X$ be a finite 'etale Galois morphism between two smooth projective varieties with Galois group $G$. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be a vector bundle on $X$. Then $\pi^*\mathcal{E}$ is a $G$...
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### Non-trivial automorphisms and descent

In this expository paper by Low it says: Roughly speaking, a topos in the sense of Grothendieck is the category of sheaves on a kind of generalised space whose “points” may have non-trivial ...
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### Would the iterated finite abelian descent obstruction equality hold for curves?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically integral variety over a number field $k$. We begin with some established notions in the theory of descent obstruction to the local-global principle, ...
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### 2-descent on elliptic curves, and units modulo squares of units

Setup: Let $p$ be a prime, let $f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}_p[x]$ be a separable monic cubic polynomial cutting out the maximal order $\mathcal{O}_{K_f}$ in the etale algebra $K_f := \mathbb{Q}_p[x]/(f(x))$, ...
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### Does a field extension define an effective descent morphism for locally ringed spaces?

Let $K'/K$ be an extension of fields and set $X=\operatorname{Spec}(K)$ and $X'=\operatorname{Spec}(K')$. As the category of locally ringed spaces has fibre products (see arXiv:1103.2139 or here) we ...
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### Does isomorphism on local rings imply the global isomorphism for the sheaf of spectra?

Let's assume we have a sheaf of spectra on some scheme. As an example I will assume that we are working with the $K$-theory sheaf. There are certain local to global spectral sequences, like descent ...
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### How do $\infty$-categories allow us to do descent on the derived level?

I have heard that one application of $\infty$-categories is that they allow us to formulate a meaningful theory of descent for derived categories (say of sheaves on a scheme). While I'm sure the ...
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### What is Barr-Beck?

This is a question about a naming convention. The Barr-Beck theorem (or simply Barr-Beck) is used a lot in descent theory over the past 30 years, almost invariably without a reference, like folklore. ...
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### Zariski descent of algebraic $K$-theory on formal schemes

This question is highly related to some other questions that I've previously asked, especially to this one. In this problem we have a scheme $X$ and a closed subscheme $Z$ the formal completion $X_Z$. ...
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### Characterization of effective descent morphism

A faithfully flat morphism of commutative rings $A \rightarrow B$ is an effective descent morphism. So is a regular monomorphism (right?). What is a characterization of effective descent morphisms? ...
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### Is there any relation between two pseudofunctors associated to two different cleavages of the same fibered category?

It is well known that given a Fibered category $P_F: E \rightarrow C$ with a cleavage $K$ we can construct a pseudofunctor $F_K: C^{op} \rightarrow Cat$. Now if one chooses a different cleavage $L$ ...
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### Descent for $K(1)$-local spectra

For odd primes, we have an equalizer diagram for the $K(1)$- local sphere given by $$L_{K(1)}S \rightarrow K{{ \xrightarrow{\Psi^g}}\atop{\xrightarrow[i_K ] {}}} K$$ where $g$ is a topological ...
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### Seeking bijective proof of a recurrence for generalized Narayana numbers

Consider lattice paths in $d$ dimensions with the steps $X_1\mathrel{:=}(1,0,\dotsc,0)$, $X_2\mathrel{:=} (0,1,\dotsc,0)$,…, $X_d\mathrel{:=} (0,0,\dotsc,1)$. Let $\mathcal C(d, n)$ denote the set of ...
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### Projective after fpqc base change

Let $S$ be a Noetherian affine scheme. Let $S'\to S$ be a flat surjective morphism of affine schemes. Let $X\to S$ be a morphism such that $X_{S'}\to S'$ is projective. Is $X\to S$ projective? It is ... 233 views

### Fundamental group of a smooth projective curve of char $0$

In this note of Akhil MATHEW, when he proves the fundamental group of a smooth projective curve over a algebraic closed field $k$ of characteristic $0$ admits $2g$ topological generators, there are ... 392 views

### Reducing the stack condition (descent condition) over an fpqc site to the case of single coverings

This is the lemma 4.25 of Vistoli's note Let $S$ be a scheme, $\mathscr{F} \to \mathscr{S}ch/S$ a fibred category. Then $\mathscr{F}$ is a stack over the fpqc site on $S$ iff (1) $\mathscr{F}$ ...
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### Descent a representation over finite field

Let $p$ be a prime integer, and $q$ a power of $p$. Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ and $\mathbb{F}_q$ be the corresponding finite fields. Suppose \begin{equation} \rho: G\longrightarrow GL_2(\mathbb{F}_q) \end{...
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### Is nefness preserved under base change

Let $f:X \rightarrow Y$ be a morphism between (geometrically normal) varieties over a field $k$, $\bar{k}$ be the algebraic closure of $k$ and $B$ be a Cartier divisor on $X$ which is $f$-nef, that is ...
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### Local question and descent category for a quasi-coherent sheaf on $\mathbb{G}_m$-gerbe

Update: I removed what I thought was unecessary and tried to be more straightforward in the hope to get an answer. Context: Suppose I have a $\mathbb{G}_m$-gerbe $\mathcal{G}$ over a scheme $X$ with ...
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### Notions of algebraic/differential geometry of scheme/manifolds extended to algebraic/differential stacks

Given a manifold, one can associate a stack over the category of manifolds, which is a differential geometric stack. This gives a functor $\text{Man}\rightarrow \text{D.Stacks}$. This is an embedding....
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### Number Rings and (Galois) Descent

In algebraic number theory, one chooses for each finite étale $\mathbb{Q}$-algebra $K$ a finite $\mathbb{Z}$-algebra $\mathcal{O}_K$. Usually one simply speaks of the finite $\mathbb{Q}$-algebras ...
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### Homotopy colimit description of stacks

Let $F$ be an Artin stack. If $p: X \to F$ is an atlas for $F$, can we express $F$, in the $\infty$-category ${\rm Shv}^{\acute{et}}(k)$ of higher stacks, as a homotopy colimit over the simplicial ...
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### When can a scheme be recovered from its descent groupoid?

Suppose that $Y$ is a scheme and $f\colon X\to Y$ a covering of $Y$ in some Grothendieck topology on the category of schemes (i.e. if $\{ U_i\to Y\}$ is a covering in the topological sense, then ...
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### Infinite Galois descent for finitely generated commutative algebras over a field

Let $k_0$ be a field of characteristic 0, and let $k$ is a fixed algebraic closure of $k_0$. Write $G={\rm Gal}(k/k_0)$. Let $A_0$ be a finitely generated commutative $k_0$-algebra with a unit. Then ...
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### Stack descent to sheaf descent via Grothendieck construction?

Let S be a Grothendieck site, the (either left or right adjoint to the) Grothendieck construction assigns to each groupoid fibration over S a presheaf valued in groupoids. The following feels it might ...
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### Descent of isomorphisms between irreducible closed subschemes

Let $S$ be an affine scheme, $X$ be a projective $S$-scheme, $W,Z\to X$ two reduced, irreducible closed $S$-subschemes, flat over $S$. Let $S'\to S$ be a faithfully flat map, with $S'$ affine. Assume ... 259 views

### Representable $\text{Hom}$ functors

Let $X, Y, S$ be noetherian schemes, $X$ flat and quasi-projective over $S$, $Y$ projective over $S$. Is the hom-functor $T\mapsto\text{Hom}_T(X_T, Y_T)$ representable? If $X$ is flat and projective,... 230 views

### Descent along purely inseparable morphisms

What properties of $\mathbf{F}_p$-algebras descent along powers of the absolute Frobenius? What properties of morphisms of $\mathbf{F}_p$-algebras descent along powers of the absolute Frobenius? Is ... 417 views

### "Frobenius Descent"

The following proposition is there in Pink's lecture notes on finite group schemes. Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p$. The category of finite length $W(k)$-modules $N$ ...
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### Does being big for a line bundle satisfy fpqc descent

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic zero, and let $L/k$ be a field extension. [Assume $k$ and $L$ are algebraically closed if necessary.] Let $X$ be a variety over $k$ and let $\mathcal{L}$ be a ...
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### Algebraic model for the abelian category of descent data for modules in the non-affine case

Let $f: X \to Y$ be a morphism of schemes. I'd like to have a completely algebraic description of the belian category of descent data for modules along $f$. Here's my attempt: The category of quasi-...
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Let $\mathsf C$ be a category and consider a pseudofunctor (non-strict 2-functor) $P:\mathsf C^{\text{op}}\to\mathsf{Cat}$. Given an arrow $f:X\to Y$ in $\mathsf C$, define the category of descent ...
The Bénabou-Roubaud theorem links fibrational descent theory with monadicity. Particularly, it says that given a bifibration satisfying the Beck-Chevalley condition w.r.t some arrow $p$ in the base ...