# Questions tagged [schemes]

The first purpose of schemes theory is the geometrical study of solutions of algebraic systems of equations, not only over the real/complex numbers, but also over integer numbers (and more generally over any commutative ring with 1). It was finalized by Alexandre Grothendieck, during the 1950s and the 1960s.

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### Why “open immersion” rather than “open embedding”?

When topologists speak of an "immersion", they are quite deliberately describing something that is not necessarily an "embedding." But I cannot think of any use of the word "embedding" in algebraic ...
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### Mikhalkin's tropical schemes versus Durov's tropical schemes

In Mikhalkin's unfinished draft book on tropical geometry, (available here) (page 26) he defines a notion of tropical schemes. It seems to me that this definition is not just a wholesale adaptation of ...
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### History of the functor of points

Until now, I thought the functor of points approach was introduced by Grothendieck at the 1973 Buffalo seminar. However, in this note by Lawvere the author writes: "I myself had learned the ...
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### Are all formal schemes *really* Ind-schemes?

I'm trying to understand whether there's a fully faithful functor $LRS \supset FormalSch \to IndSch$ and in what sense. Here's my progress so far: Let $\mathsf{A}$ be the category of adic rings. The ...
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### Weierstrass division theorem for henselian rings

Let $A$ be an henselian local noetherian ring. There is an old result of Lafon ("Anneaux henséliens et théorème de préparation" (1967)), which says that if $A$ is analytically normal and of ...
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### universally open and connected fibers

Let $A$ be a coherent ring, and consider the map: $Spec(A[[t]])\rightarrow Spec(A)$, in particular, we know that it's flat. Is it universally open? Does it have connected fibers? N.B: Easy if A is ...
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### A Hartogs-type criterion for flatness

Let $U$ be a smooth affine connected variety over $\mathbb C$ and let $V\subset U$ be an open whose complement is of codimension at least two. Now, let $Y$ be a smooth quasi-affine connected variety ...
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### Arithmetic zeta function and local zeta functions

For the arithmetic zeta function of (say) a nonsingular projective variety $X$, one has the following Euler product \begin{equation} \zeta_X(s) = \prod_{p\ \mbox{prime}}\zeta_{X\vert\mathbb{F}_p}(s), ...
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### Two definitions of smoothness?

This is confusing, there appear to be possibly two definitions of smoothness in algebraic geometry for a morphism $f: X \rightarrow Y$ of schemes of finite type over an arbitrary field $k$. ...
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### Algebraic geometry “over the function field” of the base

This is vaguely similar to, but quite different from, this question. In the above linked question the focus is on fields of large cardinality per se. Here we fix a base field $k$ (say algebraically ...
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### Weil homotopy theory

In algebraic geometry, we have something called Weil cohomology theories, which formalize the notion of a "good" cohomology theory of smooth projective varieties. I believe that for $l$-adic ...
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### Invariants of etale topological type that are not homotopy invariants

Artin--Mazur theory attaches etale homotopy type to reasonable schemes. Associated to this homotopy type are certain invariants of the scheme, such as etale fundamental group and higher homotopy ...
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### Do residues commute with transverse base change?

Fix a number $n > 0$. Given a smooth $\mathbb{Z}[1/n]$-scheme $X$ (i.e., a smooth scheme such that $n$ is invertible in its ring of functions), we may consider the étale sheaf $\mu_n$ on $X$ which ...
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### What Spec-like functors are there?

The real spectrum functor is an analog of Spec for partially ordered commutative rings and real closed fields in place of commutative reals and algebraically closed fields. I was hoping that there ...
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### Where is the local structure theory of étale morphisms needed?

In Stacks 02GH it is mentioned étale morphisms are locally standard étale. This seems to be the analogue of the local form of local diffeomorphisms in the smooth category. In the latter, local ...
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### Does one need l to be invertible in S in order to consider the l-adic cohomology of S-schemes and motives?

When Ivorra defines the $l$-adic realization of $S$-motives (i.e. of Voevodsky's motives over a scheme $S$) he demands $l$ to be invertible in $S$. Is this condition really necessary? What happens ...
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### Ever seen a ringed group?

A locally ringed space is a common generalization of schemes and various manifolds. I am wondering about a locally ringed group which should be a common generalization of group schemes and various Lie ...
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### Henselian Schemes

I have a question about properties of Henselian ring/schemes exploited in M. Artin's article "On Isolated Rational Singularities of Surfaces": Here the relevant excerpt: In the excerpt we start with ...
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### Schemes admitting a cover by isomorphic affine opens

Let $X$ be a Noetherian integral scheme. When does $X$ have a cover by affine open subschemes that are isomorphic as abstract schemes? Does there exist an example when we have a cover by $n$ ...
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### Schemes monomorphing into affine scheme of dimension 1

Let $Y$ be an affine scheme of Krull dimension 1. Let $X\rightarrow Y$ be a monomorphism in the category of schemes. If $X$ is connected, is $X$ necessarily affine? What if we assume that $Y$ is a ...
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### Cohomology groups on small fppf site and small etale site are not the same

Let $F$ be a quasi-coherent sheaf on a scheme $X$. Is there an example where cohomology groups of $F$ on small fppf site of $X$ and small etale site of $X$ are not isomorphic?
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### Zariski tangent space of a scheme as the vector space of derivations

A standard lemma says that for a scheme $X$ of finite type over an algebraically closed field $k$ the set of derivations $\mathcal{O}_{X,x} \to \kappa(x)=k$, is isomorphic to the Zariski tangent ...
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### Do all the main properties of constructible and perverse sheaves (in an 'arithmetic' situation) follow from results of Gabber?

This question is a continuation of Bad behaviour of perverse sheaves over 'general' bases? Let $S$ (for example) be a finite type separated scheme over $\mathbb{Z}$. I would like: (1) to ...
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### Why are algebraic schemes called algebraic?

In scheme theory, an algebraic scheme is the data of a scheme + a morphism of finite type to the spectrum of a field. Where does the term "algebraic scheme" come from? It does not seem intuitive to me ...
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### Embed FPPF group scheme into smooth one

Let $A$ be a ring and $G$ be an affine commutative FPPF group scheme over $A$. Can we embed $G$ into a smooth group scheme over $A$?
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### A slightly canonical way to associate a scheme to a Noetherian spectral space

Let $C$ be the category whose objects are Noetherian spectral topological spaces and whose morphisms are homeomorphisms. Let $\mathrm{AffSch}$ be the category of Noetherian affine schemes (morphisms ...
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### Compact quasi-coherent sheaves

Let $X$ be a scheme. What are the compact objects in the category of quasi-coherent $\mathcal{O}_X$-modules? All references seem to discuss the derived category but I need the abelian category.
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### Irreducible Smooth Proper one-dimensional Schemes isomorphic to $\mathbb{P}^1$

I have a curious question about an argument/hint given in following thread: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3062986/irreducible-smooth-proper-one-dimensional-mathbbz-schemes The OP asked if ...
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### Basic questions about crystals and Grothendieck connections

I have a few basic questions about Grothendieck connections and crystals. I know it's bad practice to ask a bunch of different questions at once, however I feel they naturally come bundled together. ...
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### On representable abelian sheaves vs abelian sheaves

Let $S$ be a scheme, $(\text{Sch}/S)_{\rm Ét}$ a big étale site, and $A$ a representable (either in schemes or algebraic spaces over $S$) abelian sheaf on $(\text{Sch}/S)_{\rm Ét}$. Suppose there is ...
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### When is a coherent subsheaf determined by its global sections

I am reading an article in which a proof is based on defining a subsheaf by only giving its global sections. The exact setting is that, one has a surjective finite morphism $f:Y\to X$ between ...
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### A suspected typo, and Deligne's image of the general fiber swallowing the special

In SGA 4.5 (Arcata V.1) Deligne writes: Let $X$ be a complex analytic variety and $f:X\rightarrow D$ map $X$ into the disk. Write $[0,t]$ for closed line segment with extremities 0 and $t$ in ...
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### Can we classify reductive group schemes over curves

Let $C$ be a smooth quasi-projective connected curve over the complex numbers. Can one classify all reductive group schemes over $C$? Certainly, you have the trivial ones (coming from pulling-back ...
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### Tannaka categories and reductive groups

The group associated to a Tannaka category $T$ over a field is pro-reductive if and only if $T$ is semi-simple. Pro-reductive groups make sense over any scheme. Is there an extension of the theory ...
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### Vector bundles of schemes and their topological realizations

Hi, there is a realization functor $R_\mathbb{R}$ from schemes of finite type over $\mathbb{R}$ to topological spaces and there is also a functor $R_\mathbb{C}$. Does $R_\mathbb{R}$ send an ...
Let $(Z,\mathcal O_Z)$ be a closed subscheme of a Noetherian scheme $(X,\mathcal O_X)$. Then there is an ideal sheaf $\mathcal J$ on $X$ such that $i_*(\mathcal O_Z) \cong \mathcal O_X/\mathcal J$ , ...
Let $X$ be a scheme and it's Picard scheme $\underline{Pic}(X)$ exist. Denote by $\underline{Pic}^0(X)$ the connected component of the origin of the Picard scheme. My question is what the geometric ...