Proposition 38.23.9. Let $S$ be a scheme. Let $(U, R, s, t, c)$ be a groupoid scheme over $S$. Assume

$U = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$, and $R = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)$ are affine,

$s, t : R \to U$ finite locally free, and

$j = (t, s)$ is an equivalence.

In this case, let $C \subset A$ be as in (38.23.0.1). Then $U \to M = \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(C)$ is finite locally free and $R = U \times _ M U$. Moreover, $M$ represents the quotient sheaf $U/R$ in the fppf topology (see Definition 38.20.1).

**Proof.**
During this proof we use the notation $s, t : A \to B$ instead of the notation $s^\sharp , t^\sharp $. By Lemma 38.20.3 it suffices to show that $C \to A$ is finite locally free and that the map

\[ t \otimes s : A \otimes _ C A \longrightarrow B \]

is an isomorphism. First, note that $j$ is a monomorphism, and also finite (since already $s$ and $t$ are finite). Hence we see that $j$ is a closed immersion by Morphisms, Lemma 28.42.15. Hence $A \otimes _ C A \to B$ is surjective.

We will perform base change by flat ring maps $C \to C'$ as in Lemma 38.23.5, and we will use that formation of invariants commutes with flat base change, see part (3) of the lemma cited. We will show below that for every prime $\mathfrak p \subset C$, there exists a local flat ring map $C_{\mathfrak p} \to C_{\mathfrak p}'$ such that the result holds after a base change to $C_{\mathfrak p}'$. This implies immediately that $A \otimes _ C A \to B$ is injective (use Algebra, Lemma 10.22.1). It also implies that $C \to A$ is flat, by combining Algebra, Lemmas 10.38.17, 10.38.18, and 10.38.8. Then since $U \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(C)$ is surjective also (Lemma 38.23.6) we conclude that $C \to A$ is faithfully flat. Then the isomorphism $B \cong A \otimes _ C A$ implies that $A$ is a finitely presented $C$-module, see Algebra, Lemma 10.82.2. Hence $A$ is finite locally free over $C$, see Algebra, Lemma 10.77.2.

By Lemma 38.23.3 we know that $A$ is a finite product of rings $A_ r$ and $B$ is a finite product of rings $B_ r$ such that the groupoid scheme decomposes accordingly (see the proof of Lemma 38.23.4). Then also $C$ is a product of rings $C_ r$ and correspondingly $C'$ decomposes as a product. Hence we may and do assume that the ring maps $s, t : A \to B$ are finite locally free of a fixed rank $r$.

The local ring maps $C_{\mathfrak p} \to C_{\mathfrak p}'$ we are going to use are any local flat ring maps such that the residue field of $C_{\mathfrak p}'$ is infinite. By Algebra, Lemma 10.154.1 such local ring maps exist.

Assume $C$ is a local ring with maximal ideal $\mathfrak m$ and infinite residue field, and assume that $s, t : A \to B$ is finite locally free of constant rank $r > 0$. Since $C \subset A$ is integral (Lemma 38.23.4) all primes lying over $\mathfrak m$ are maximal, and all maximal ideals of $A$ lie over $\mathfrak m$. Similarly for $C \subset B$. Pick a maximal ideal $\mathfrak m'$ of $A$ lying over $\mathfrak m$ (exists by Lemma 38.23.6). Since $t : A \to B$ is finite locally free there exist at most finitely many maximal ideals of $B$ lying over $\mathfrak m'$. Hence we conclude (by Lemma 38.23.6 again) that $A$ has finitely many maximal ideals, i.e., $A$ is semi-local. This in turn implies that $B$ is semi-local as well. OK, and now, because $t \otimes s : A \otimes _ C A \to B$ is surjective, we can apply Algebra, Lemma 10.77.7 to the ring map $C \to A$, the $A$-module $M = B$ (seen as an $A$-module via $t$) and the $C$-submodule $s(A) \subset B$. This lemma implies that there exist $x_1, \ldots , x_ r \in A$ such that $M$ is free over $A$ on the basis $s(x_1), \ldots , s(x_ r)$. Hence we conclude that $C \to A$ is finite free and $B \cong A \otimes _ C A$ by applying Lemma 38.23.8.
$\square$

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