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Lemma 92.11.3. Let $A \to B$ be a ring map. Then $\tau _{\geq -1}L_{B/A}$ is canonically quasi-isomorphic to the naive cotangent complex.

Proof. Consider $P = A[B] \to B$ with kernel $I$. The naive cotangent complex $\mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{B/A}$ of $B$ over $A$ is the complex $I/I^2 \to \Omega _{P/A} \otimes _ P B$, see Algebra, Definition 10.134.1. Observe that in ( we have already constructed a canonical map

\[ c : \mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{B/A} \longrightarrow \tau _{\geq -1}L_{B/A} \]

Consider the distinguished triangle (

\[ L_{P/A} \otimes _ P^\mathbf {L} B \to L_{B/A} \to L_{B/P} \to (L_{P/A} \otimes _ P^\mathbf {L} B)[1] \]

associated to the ring maps $A \to A[B] \to B$. We know that $L_{P/A} = \Omega _{P/A}[0] = \mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{P/A}$ in $D(P)$ (Lemma 92.4.7 and Algebra, Lemma 10.134.3) and that $\tau _{\geq -1}L_{B/P} = I/I^2[1] = \mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{B/P}$ in $D(B)$ (Lemma 92.11.2 and Algebra, Lemma 10.134.6). To show $c$ is a quasi-isomorphism it suffices by Algebra, Lemma 10.134.4 and the long exact cohomology sequence associated to the distinguished triangle to show that the maps $L_{P/A} \to L_{B/A} \to L_{B/P}$ are compatible on cohomology groups with the corresponding maps $\mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{P/A} \to \mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{B/A} \to \mathop{N\! L}\nolimits _{B/P}$ of the naive cotangent complex. We omit the verification. $\square$

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