Theorem 19.12.6. Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a Grothendieck abelian category. For every complex $M^\bullet $ there exists a quasi-isomorphism $M^\bullet \to I^\bullet $ such that $M^ n \to I^ n$ is injective and $I^ n$ is an injective object of $\mathcal{A}$ for all $n$ and $I^\bullet $ is a K-injective complex. Moreover, the construction is functorial in $M^\bullet $.

** Existence of K-injective complexes for Grothendieck abelian categories. **

**Proof.**
Please compare with the proof of Theorem 19.2.8 and Theorem 19.11.7. Choose a cardinal $\kappa $ as in Lemmas 19.12.2 and 19.12.3. Choose a set $(K_ i^\bullet )_{i \in I}$ of bounded above, acyclic complexes such that every bounded above acyclic complex $K^\bullet $ such that $|K^ n| \leq \kappa $ is isomorphic to $K_ i^\bullet $ for some $i \in I$. This is possible by Lemma 19.11.4. Denote $\mathbf{M}^\bullet (-)$ the functor constructed in Lemma 19.12.4. Denote $\mathbf{N}^\bullet (-)$ the functor constructed in Lemma 19.12.5. Both of these functors come with injective transformations $\text{id} \to \mathbf{M}$ and $\text{id} \to \mathbf{N}$.

Using transfinite recursion we define a sequence of functors $\mathbf{T}_\alpha (-)$ and corresponding transformations $\text{id} \to \mathbf{T}_\alpha $. Namely we set $\mathbf{T}_0(M^\bullet ) = M^\bullet $. If $\mathbf{T}_\alpha $ is given then we set

If $\beta $ is a limit ordinal we set

The transition maps of the system are injective quasi-isomorphisms. By AB5 we see that the colimit is still quasi-isomorphic to $M^\bullet $. We claim that $M^\bullet \to \mathbf{T}_\alpha (M^\bullet )$ does the job if the cofinality of $\alpha $ is larger than $\max (\kappa , |U|)$ where $U$ is a generator of $\mathcal{A}$. Namely, it suffices to check conditions (1) and (2) of Lemma 19.12.3.

For (1) we use the criterion of Lemma 19.11.6. Suppose that $M \subset U$ and $\varphi : M \to \mathbf{T}^ n_\alpha (M^\bullet )$ is a morphism for some $n \in \mathbf{Z}$. By Proposition 19.11.5 we see that $\varphi $ factor through $\mathbf{T}^ n_{\alpha '}(M^\bullet )$ for some $\alpha ' < \alpha $. In particular, by the construction of the functor $\mathbf{N}^\bullet (-)$ we see that $\varphi $ factors through an injective object of $\mathcal{A}$ which shows that $\varphi $ lifts to a morphism on $U$.

For (2) let $w : K^\bullet \to \mathbf{T}_\alpha (M^\bullet )$ be a morphism of complexes where $K^\bullet $ is a bounded above acyclic complex such that $|K^ n| \leq \kappa $. Then $K^\bullet \cong K_ i^\bullet $ for some $i \in I$. Moreover, by Proposition 19.11.5 once again we see that $w$ factor through $\mathbf{T}^ n_{\alpha '}(M^\bullet )$ for some $\alpha ' < \alpha $. In particular, by the construction of the functor $\mathbf{M}^\bullet (-)$ we see that $w$ is homotopic to zero. This finishes the proof. $\square$

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