## Tag `03PQ`

Chapter 53: Étale Cohomology > Section 53.29: Neighborhoods, stalks and points

Lemma 53.29.4. Let $S$ be a scheme, and let $\overline{s}$ be a geometric point of $S$. The category of étale neighborhoods is cofiltered. More precisely:

- Let $(U_i, \overline{u}_i)_{i = 1, 2}$ be two étale neighborhoods of $\overline{s}$ in $S$. Then there exists a third étale neighborhood $(U, \overline{u})$ and morphisms $(U, \overline{u}) \to (U_i, \overline{u}_i)$, $i = 1, 2$.
- Let $h_1, h_2: (U, \overline{u}) \to (U', \overline{u}')$ be two morphisms between étale neighborhoods of $\overline{s}$. Then there exist an étale neighborhood $(U'', \overline{u}'')$ and a morphism $h : (U'', \overline{u}'') \to (U, \overline{u})$ which equalizes $h_1$ and $h_2$, i.e., such that $h_1 \circ h = h_2 \circ h$.

Proof.For part (1), consider the fibre product $U = U_1 \times_S U_2$. It is étale over both $U_1$ and $U_2$ because étale morphisms are preserved under base change, see Proposition 53.26.2. The map $\overline{s} \to U$ defined by $(\overline{u}_1, \overline{u}_2)$ gives it the structure of an étale neighborhood mapping to both $U_1$ and $U_2$. For part (2), define $U''$ as the fibre product $$ \xymatrix{ U'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & U \ar[d]^{(h_1, h_2)} \\ U' \ar[r]^-\Delta & U' \times_S U'. } $$ Since $\overline{u}$ and $\overline{u}'$ agree over $S$ with $\overline{s}$, we see that $\overline{u}'' = (\overline{u}, \overline{u}')$ is a geometric point of $U''$. In particular $U'' \not = \emptyset$. Moreover, since $U'$ is étale over $S$, so is the fibre product $U'\times_S U'$ (see Proposition 53.26.2). Hence the vertical arrow $(h_1, h_2)$ is étale by Remark 53.29.2 above. Therefore $U''$ is étale over $U'$ by base change, and hence also étale over $S$ (because compositions of étale morphisms are étale). Thus $(U'', \overline{u}'')$ is a solution to the problem. $\square$

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```
\begin{lemma}
\label{lemma-cofinal-etale}
Let $S$ be a scheme, and let $\overline{s}$ be a geometric point of $S$.
The category of \'etale neighborhoods is cofiltered. More precisely:
\begin{enumerate}
\item Let $(U_i, \overline{u}_i)_{i = 1, 2}$ be two \'etale neighborhoods of
$\overline{s}$ in $S$. Then there exists a third \'etale neighborhood
$(U, \overline{u})$ and morphisms
$(U, \overline{u}) \to (U_i, \overline{u}_i)$, $i = 1, 2$.
\item Let $h_1, h_2: (U, \overline{u}) \to (U', \overline{u}')$ be two
morphisms between \'etale neighborhoods of $\overline{s}$. Then there exist an
\'etale neighborhood $(U'', \overline{u}'')$ and a morphism
$h : (U'', \overline{u}'') \to (U, \overline{u})$
which equalizes $h_1$ and $h_2$, i.e., such that
$h_1 \circ h = h_2 \circ h$.
\end{enumerate}
\end{lemma}
\begin{proof}
For part (1), consider the fibre product $U = U_1 \times_S U_2$.
It is \'etale over both $U_1$ and $U_2$ because \'etale morphisms are
preserved under base change, see
Proposition \ref{proposition-etale-morphisms}.
The map $\overline{s} \to U$ defined by $(\overline{u}_1, \overline{u}_2)$
gives it the structure of an \'etale neighborhood mapping to both
$U_1$ and $U_2$. For part (2), define $U''$ as the fibre product
$$
\xymatrix{
U'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & U \ar[d]^{(h_1, h_2)} \\
U' \ar[r]^-\Delta & U' \times_S U'.
}
$$
Since $\overline{u}$ and $\overline{u}'$ agree over $S$ with $\overline{s}$,
we see that $\overline{u}'' = (\overline{u}, \overline{u}')$ is a geometric
point of $U''$. In particular $U'' \not = \emptyset$.
Moreover, since $U'$ is \'etale over $S$, so is the fibre product
$U'\times_S U'$ (see
Proposition \ref{proposition-etale-morphisms}).
Hence the vertical arrow $(h_1, h_2)$ is \'etale by
Remark \ref{remark-etale-between-etale} above.
Therefore $U''$ is \'etale over $U'$ by base change, and hence also
\'etale over $S$ (because compositions of \'etale morphisms are \'etale).
Thus $(U'', \overline{u}'')$ is a solution to the problem.
\end{proof}
```

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