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Proposition 13.4.23. Let $\mathcal{D}$ be a triangulated category. Any commutative diagram

\[ \xymatrix{ X \ar[r] \ar[d] & Y \ar[d] \\ X' \ar[r] & Y' } \]

can be extended to a diagram

\[ \xymatrix{ X \ar[r] \ar[d] & Y \ar[r] \ar[d] & Z \ar[r] \ar[d] & X[1] \ar[d] \\ X' \ar[r] \ar[d] & Y' \ar[r] \ar[d] & Z' \ar[r] \ar[d] & X'[1] \ar[d] \\ X'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & Y'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & Z'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & X''[1] \ar[d] \\ X[1] \ar[r] & Y[1] \ar[r] & Z[1] \ar[r] & X[2] } \]

where all the squares are commutative, except for the lower right square which is anticommutative. Moreover, each of the rows and columns are distinguished triangles. Finally, the morphisms on the bottom row (resp. right column) are obtained from the morphisms of the top row (resp. left column) by applying $[1]$.

Proof. During this proof we avoid writing the arrows in order to make the proof legible. Choose distinguished triangles $(X, Y, Z)$, $(X', Y', Z')$, $(X, X', X'')$, $(Y, Y', Y'')$, and $(X, Y', A)$. Note that the morphism $X \to Y'$ is both equal to the composition $X \to Y \to Y'$ and equal to the composition $X \to X' \to Y'$. Hence, we can find morphisms

  1. $a : Z \to A$ and $b : A \to Y''$, and

  2. $a' : X'' \to A$ and $b' : A \to Z'$

as in TR4. Denote $c : Y'' \to Z[1]$ the composition $Y'' \to Y[1] \to Z[1]$ and denote $c' : Z' \to X''[1]$ the composition $Z' \to X'[1] \to X''[1]$. The conclusion of our application TR4 are that

  1. $(Z, A, Y'', a, b, c)$, $(X'', A, Z', a', b', c')$ are distinguished triangles,

  2. $(X, Y, Z) \to (X, Y', A)$, $(X, Y', A) \to (Y, Y', Y'')$, $(X, X', X'') \to (X, Y', A)$, $(X, Y', A) \to (X', Y', Z')$ are morphisms of triangles.

First using that $(X, X', X'') \to (X, Y', A)$ and $(X, Y', A) \to (Y, Y', Y'')$. are morphisms of triangles we see the first of the diagrams

\[ \vcenter { \xymatrix{ X' \ar[r] \ar[d] & Y' \ar[d] \\ X'' \ar[r]^{b \circ a'} \ar[d] & Y'' \ar[d] \\ X[1] \ar[r] & Y[1] } } \quad \text{and}\quad \vcenter { \xymatrix{ Y \ar[r] \ar[d] & Z \ar[d]^{b' \circ a} \ar[r] & X[1] \ar[d] \\ Y' \ar[r] & Z' \ar[r] & X'[1] } } \]

is commutative. The second is commutative too using that $(X, Y, Z) \to (X, Y', A)$ and $(X, Y', A) \to (X', Y', Z')$ are morphisms of triangles. At this point we choose a distinguished triangle $(X'', Y'' , Z'')$ starting with the map $b \circ a' : X'' \to Y''$.

Next we apply TR4 one more time to the morphisms $X'' \to A \to Y''$ and the triangles $(X'', A, Z', a', b', c')$, $(X'', Y'', Z'')$, and $(A, Y'', Z[1], b, c , -a[1])$ to get morphisms $a'' : Z' \to Z''$ and $b'' : Z'' \to Z[1]$. Then $(Z', Z'', Z[1], a'', b'', - b'[1] \circ a[1])$ is a distinguished triangle, hence also $(Z, Z', Z'', -b' \circ a, a'', -b'')$ and hence also $(Z, Z', Z'', b' \circ a, a'', b'')$. Moreover, $(X'', A, Z') \to (X'', Y'', Z'')$ and $(X'', Y'', Z'') \to (A, Y'', Z[1], b, c , -a[1])$ are morphisms of triangles. At this point we have defined all the distinguished triangles and all the morphisms, and all that's left is to verify some commutativity relations.

To see that the middle square in the diagram commutes, note that the arrow $Y' \to Z'$ factors as $Y' \to A \to Z'$ because $(X, Y', A) \to (X', Y', Z')$ is a morphism of triangles. Similarly, the morphism $Y' \to Y''$ factors as $Y' \to A \to Y''$ because $(X, Y', A) \to (Y, Y', Y'')$ is a morphism of triangles. Hence the middle square commutes because the square with sides $(A, Z', Z'', Y'')$ commutes as $(X'', A, Z') \to (X'', Y'', Z'')$ is a morphism of triangles (by TR4). The square with sides $(Y'', Z'', Y[1], Z[1])$ commutes because $(X'', Y'', Z'') \to (A, Y'', Z[1], b, c , -a[1])$ is a morphism of triangles and $c : Y'' \to Z[1]$ is the composition $Y'' \to Y[1] \to Z[1]$. The square with sides $(Z', X'[1], X''[1], Z'')$ is commutative because $(X'', A, Z') \to (X'', Y'', Z'')$ is a morphism of triangles and $c' : Z' \to X''[1]$ is the composition $Z' \to X'[1] \to X''[1]$. Finally, we have to show that the square with sides $(Z'', X''[1], Z[1], X[2])$ anticommutes. This holds because $(X'', Y'', Z'') \to (A, Y'', Z[1], b, c , -a[1])$ is a morphism of triangles and we're done. $\square$

Comments (2)

Comment #330 by arp on

Noticed that in the first sentence of proof there's an "and and". Might as well fix all such occurrences at once.

Comment #334 by on

Fixed this. Thanks! Actually the two "and" here were not on the same line in the source file and a simple grep does not suffice to find these.

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