The Stacks project

Lemma 61.6.7. Let $A$ be a ring. The following are equivalent

  1. every faithfully flat ring map $A \to B$ identifying local rings has a retraction,

  2. every faithfully flat ind-Zariski ring map $A \to B$ has a retraction, and

  3. $A$ satisfies

    1. $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ is w-local, and

    2. $\pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$ is extremally disconnected.

Proof. The equivalence of (1) and (2) follows immediately from Proposition 61.6.6.

Assume (3)(a) and (3)(b). Let $A \to B$ be faithfully flat and ind-Zariski. We will use without further mention the fact that a flat map $A \to B$ is faithfully flat if and only if every closed point of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ is in the image of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B) \to \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$. We will show that $A \to B$ has a retraction.

Let $I \subset A$ be an ideal such that $V(I) \subset \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ is the set of closed points of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$. We may replace $B$ by the ring $C$ constructed in Lemma 61.5.8 for $A \to B$ and $I \subset A$. Thus we may assume $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)$ is w-local such that the set of closed points of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)$ is $V(IB)$.

Assume $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)$ is w-local and the set of closed points of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)$ is $V(IB)$. Choose a continuous section to the surjective continuous map $V(IB) \to V(I)$. This is possible as $V(I) \cong \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$ is extremally disconnected, see Topology, Proposition 5.26.6. The image is a closed subspace $T \subset \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)) \cong V(IB)$ mapping homeomorphically onto $\pi _0(A)$. Replacing $B$ by the ind-Zariski quotient ring constructed in Lemma 61.6.1 we see that we may assume $\pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)) \to \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$ is bijective. At this point $A \to B$ is an isomorphism by Lemma 61.6.4.

Assume (1) or equivalently (2). Let $A \to A_ w$ be the ring map constructed in Lemma 61.5.3. By (1) there is a retraction $A_ w \to A$. Thus $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)$ is homeomorphic to a closed subset of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A_ w)$. By Lemma 61.2.4 we see (3)(a) holds. Finally, let $T \to \pi _0(A)$ be a surjective map with $T$ an extremally disconnected, quasi-compact, Hausdorff topological space (Topology, Lemma 5.26.9). Choose $A \to B$ as in Lemma 61.6.2 adapted to $T \to \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$. By (1) there is a retraction $B \to A$. Thus we see that $T = \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(B)) \to \pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$ has a section. A formal categorical argument, using Topology, Proposition 5.26.6, implies that $\pi _0(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A))$ is extremally disconnected. $\square$

Comments (4)

Comment #5931 by Mingchen on

In the fourth paragraph of the proof, V(JB) seems to mean V(IB)

Comment #7764 by Laurent Moret-Bailly on

Throughout Lemma 61.6.7, "section" (applied to ring maps) actually means "retraction".

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