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Lemma 29.53.4. Let $f : Y \to X$ be a quasi-compact and quasi-separated morphism of schemes. The factorization $f = \nu \circ f'$, where $\nu : X' \to X$ is the normalization of $X$ in $Y$ is characterized by the following two properties:

  1. the morphism $\nu $ is integral, and

  2. for any factorization $f = \pi \circ g$, with $\pi : Z \to X$ integral, there exists a commutative diagram

    \[ \xymatrix{ Y \ar[d]_{f'} \ar[r]_ g & Z \ar[d]^\pi \\ X' \ar[ru]^ h \ar[r]^\nu & X } \]

    for some unique morphism $h : X' \to Z$.

Moreover, the morphism $f' : Y \to X'$ is dominant and in (2) the morphism $h : X' \to Z$ is the normalization of $Z$ in $Y$.

Proof. Let $\mathcal{O}' \subset f_*\mathcal{O}_ Y$ be the integral closure of $\mathcal{O}_ X$ as in Definition 29.53.3. The morphism $\nu $ is integral by construction, which proves (1). Assume given a factorization $f = \pi \circ g$ with $\pi : Z \to X$ integral as in (2). By Definition 29.44.1 $\pi $ is affine, and hence $Z$ is the relative spectrum of a quasi-coherent sheaf of $\mathcal{O}_ X$-algebras $\mathcal{B}$. The morphism $g : Y \to Z$ corresponds to a map of $\mathcal{O}_ X$-algebras $\chi : \mathcal{B} \to f_*\mathcal{O}_ Y$. Since $\mathcal{B}(U)$ is integral over $\mathcal{O}_ X(U)$ for every affine open $U \subset X$ (by Definition 29.44.1) we see from Lemma 29.53.1 that $\chi (\mathcal{B}) \subset \mathcal{O}'$. By the functoriality of the relative spectrum Lemma 29.11.5 this provides us with a unique morphism $h : X' \to Z$. We omit the verification that the diagram commutes.

It is clear that (1) and (2) characterize the factorization $f = \nu \circ f'$ since it characterizes it as an initial object in a category.

From the universal property in (2) we see that $f'$ does not factor through a proper closed subscheme of $X'$. Hence the scheme theoretic image of $f'$ is $X'$. Since $f'$ is quasi-compact (by Schemes, Lemma 26.21.14 and the fact that $\nu $ is separated as an affine morphism) we see that $f'(Y)$ is dense in $X'$. Hence $f'$ is dominant.

The morphism $h$ in (2) is integral by Lemma 29.44.14. Given a factorization $g = \pi ' \circ g'$ with $\pi ' : Z' \to Z$ integral, we get a factorization $f = (\pi \circ \pi ') \circ g'$ and we get a morphism $h' : X' \to Z'$. Uniqueness implies that $\pi ' \circ h' = h$. Hence the characterization (1), (2) applies to the morphism $h : X' \to Z$ which gives the last statement of the lemma. $\square$

Comments (4)

Comment #4280 by ykm on

minor typo in line 4 of the proof: " The morphism corresponds ..." : the domain of g is Y, not X

Comment #5028 by Tongmu He (何通木) on

In 29.53.4, it is useful to remark that is dominant, since, by the universal property, the normalization is the scheme theoretic image of the quasi-compact morphism .

Comment #5262 by on

@#5028. Yes, this is true and I added it. However more can be said of course. For example the proof you give shows that is the scheme theoretic image of by . So some of the properties of the situation will be implicitly given by what happens in the proof of the lemma and this holds more generally of course. Thanks and fixed here.

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