Lemma 13.9.14. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be an additive category.

1. Given a termwise split sequence of complexes $(\alpha : A^\bullet \to B^\bullet , \beta : B^\bullet \to C^\bullet , s^ n, \pi ^ n)$ there exists a homotopy equivalence $C(\alpha )^\bullet \to C^\bullet$ such that the diagram

$\xymatrix{ A^\bullet \ar[r] \ar[d] & B^\bullet \ar[d] \ar[r] & C(\alpha )^\bullet \ar[r]_{-p} \ar[d] & A^\bullet [1] \ar[d] \\ A^\bullet \ar[r] & B^\bullet \ar[r] & C^\bullet \ar[r]^\delta & A^\bullet [1] }$

defines an isomorphism of triangles in $K(\mathcal{A})$.

2. Given a morphism of complexes $f : K^\bullet \to L^\bullet$ there exists an isomorphism of triangles

$\xymatrix{ K^\bullet \ar[r] \ar[d] & \tilde L^\bullet \ar[d] \ar[r] & M^\bullet \ar[r]_{\delta } \ar[d] & K^\bullet [1] \ar[d] \\ K^\bullet \ar[r] & L^\bullet \ar[r] & C(f)^\bullet \ar[r]^{-p} & K^\bullet [1] }$

where the upper triangle is the triangle associated to a termwise split exact sequence $K^\bullet \to \tilde L^\bullet \to M^\bullet$.

Proof. Proof of (1). We have $C(\alpha )^ n = B^ n \oplus A^{n + 1}$ and we simply define $C(\alpha )^ n \to C^ n$ via the projection onto $B^ n$ followed by $\beta ^ n$. This defines a morphism of complexes because the compositions $A^{n + 1} \to B^{n + 1} \to C^{n + 1}$ are zero. To get a homotopy inverse we take $C^\bullet \to C(\alpha )^\bullet$ given by $(s^ n , -\delta ^ n)$ in degree $n$. This is a morphism of complexes because the morphism $\delta ^ n$ can be characterized as the unique morphism $C^ n \to A^{n + 1}$ such that $d \circ s^ n - s^{n + 1} \circ d = \alpha \circ \delta ^ n$, see proof of Homology, Lemma 12.14.10. The composition $C^\bullet \to C(\alpha )^\bullet \to C^\bullet$ is the identity. The composition $C(\alpha )^\bullet \to C^\bullet \to C(\alpha )^\bullet$ is equal to the morphism

$\left( \begin{matrix} s^ n \circ \beta ^ n & 0 \\ -\delta ^ n \circ \beta ^ n & 0 \end{matrix} \right)$

To see that this is homotopic to the identity map use the homotopy $h^ n : C(\alpha )^ n \to C(\alpha )^{n - 1}$ given by the matrix

$\left( \begin{matrix} 0 & 0 \\ \pi ^ n & 0 \end{matrix} \right) : C(\alpha )^ n = B^ n \oplus A^{n + 1} \to B^{n - 1} \oplus A^ n = C(\alpha )^{n - 1}$

It is trivial to verify that

$\left( \begin{matrix} 1 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 \end{matrix} \right) - \left( \begin{matrix} s^ n \\ -\delta ^ n \end{matrix} \right) \left( \begin{matrix} \beta ^ n & 0 \end{matrix} \right) = \left( \begin{matrix} d & \alpha ^ n \\ 0 & -d \end{matrix} \right) \left( \begin{matrix} 0 & 0 \\ \pi ^ n & 0 \end{matrix} \right) + \left( \begin{matrix} 0 & 0 \\ \pi ^{n + 1} & 0 \end{matrix} \right) \left( \begin{matrix} d & \alpha ^{n + 1} \\ 0 & -d \end{matrix} \right)$

To finish the proof of (1) we have to show that the morphisms $-p : C(\alpha )^\bullet \to A^\bullet [1]$ (see Definition 13.9.1) and $C(\alpha )^\bullet \to C^\bullet \to A^\bullet [1]$ agree up to homotopy. This is clear from the above. Namely, we can use the homotopy inverse $(s, -\delta ) : C^\bullet \to C(\alpha )^\bullet$ and check instead that the two maps $C^\bullet \to A^\bullet [1]$ agree. And note that $p \circ (s, -\delta ) = -\delta$ as desired.

Proof of (2). We let $\tilde f : K^\bullet \to \tilde L^\bullet$, $s : L^\bullet \to \tilde L^\bullet$ and $\pi : \tilde L^\bullet \to L^\bullet$ be as in Lemma 13.9.6. By Lemmas 13.9.2 and 13.9.13 the triangles $(K^\bullet , L^\bullet , C(f), i, p)$ and $(K^\bullet , \tilde L^\bullet , C(\tilde f), \tilde i, \tilde p)$ are isomorphic. Note that we can compose isomorphisms of triangles. Thus we may replace $L^\bullet$ by $\tilde L^\bullet$ and $f$ by $\tilde f$. In other words we may assume that $f$ is a termwise split injection. In this case the result follows from part (1). $\square$

Comment #296 by arp on

Typos:

1. In the second line of the proof, I think it should say "...because the compositions $A^{n + 1} \to B^{n + 1} \to C^{n+1}$ are zero."

2. In "To see that this is homotopic to the identity map use the homotopy $h^n : C(\alpha)^n \to C(\alpha)^{n - 1})$" there's a hanging parenthesis.

3. In equation following "it is trivial to verify", I think the second term of the LHS should be And on the RHS, the first $\alpha$ occurring should be $\alpha^n$ not $\alpha^{n+1}$.

Comment #3049 by Dan Dore on

In the last line of the first paragraph of the proof, $C(f)$ should be $C(\alpha)$ in a few places.

Comment #3553 by Nil on

In the first line of the last paragraph, $\pi : L^\bullet \to L^\bullet$ should be $\pi : \tilde L^\bullet \to L^\bullet$.

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