The Stacks project

Lemma 97.6.1. Let $p : \mathcal{X} \to \mathcal{Y}$ and $q : \mathcal{Z} \to \mathcal{Y}$ be $1$-morphisms of categories fibred in groupoids over $(\mathit{Sch}/S)_{fppf}$. If $p : \mathcal{X} \to \mathcal{Y}$ is formally smooth on objects, then so is the base change $p' : \mathcal{X} \times _\mathcal {Y} \mathcal{Z} \to \mathcal{Z}$ of $p$ by $q$.

Proof. This is formal. Let $U \subset U'$ be a first order thickening of affine schemes over $S$, let $z'$ be an object of $\mathcal{Z}$ over $U'$, let $w$ be an object of $\mathcal{X} \times _\mathcal {Y} \mathcal{Z}$ over $U$, and let $\delta : p'(w) \to z'|_ U$ be an isomorphism. We may write $w = (U, x, z, \alpha )$ for some object $x$ of $\mathcal{X}$ over $U$ and object $z$ of $\mathcal{Z}$ over $U$ and isomorphism $\alpha : p(x) \to q(z)$. Note that $p'(w) = z$ hence $\delta : z \to z|_ U$. Set $y' = q(z')$ and $\gamma = q(\delta ) \circ \alpha : p(x) \to y'|_ U$. As $p$ is formally smooth on objects there exists an object $x'$ of $\mathcal{X}$ over $U'$ as well as isomorphisms $\beta : x'|_ U \to x$ and $\gamma ' : p(x') \to y'$ such that ( commutes. Then we consider the object $w = (U', x', z', \gamma ')$ of $\mathcal{X} \times _\mathcal {Y} \mathcal{Z}$ over $U'$ and define isomorphisms

\[ w'|_ U = (U, x'|_ U, z'|_ U, \gamma '|_ U) \xrightarrow {(\beta , \delta ^{-1})} (U, x, z, \alpha ) = w \]


\[ p'(w') = z' \xrightarrow {\text{id}} z'. \]

These combine to give a solution to the problem. $\square$

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