Lemma 86.24.3. With assumptions and notation as in Theorem 86.23.4 let $f : X' \to X$ correspond to $g : W \to X_{/T}$. Then $f$ is separated $\Leftrightarrow $ $g$ is separated and $\Delta _ g : W \to W \times _{X_{/T}} W$ is rig-surjective.

**Proof.**
If $f$ is separated, then $g$ is separated and $\Delta _ g$ is rig-surjective by Lemmas 86.20.6 and 86.20.10. Assume $g$ is separated and $\Delta _ g$ is rig-surjective. Exactly as in the proof of Lemma 86.24.1 we may check this over the members of a étale covering of $X$ by affine schemes using Morphisms of Spaces, Lemma 65.4.4 (locality on the base of being separated for morphisms of algebraic spaces), Formal Spaces, Lemma 85.25.2 (being separated for morphisms of formal algebraic spaces is preserved by base change), and Lemma 86.18.4 (being rig-surjective is preserved by base change). Thus we may and do assume $X$ is affine. Furthermore, we already know that $f : X' \to X$ is quasi-separated by Lemma 86.24.2.

By Cohomology of Spaces, Lemma 67.19.1 and Remark 67.19.3 it suffices to show that given any commutative diagram

where $R$ is a complete discrete valuation ring with fraction field $K$, there is a dotted arrow making the diagram commute (as this will give the uniqueness part of the valuative criterion). Let $h : \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R) \to X$ be the composition of $p$ with the morphism $Y \times _ X Y \to X$. There are three cases: Case I: $h(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R)) \subset U$. This case is trivial because $U' = X' \times _ X U \to U$ is an isomorphism. Case II: $h$ maps $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R)$ into $T$. This case follows from our assumption that $g : W \to X_{/T}$ is separated. Namely, if $Z$ denotes the reduced induced closed subspace structure on $T$, then $h$ factors through $Z$ and

is separated by assumption (and for example Formal Spaces, Lemma 85.25.5) which implies we get the lifting property by Cohomology of Spaces, Lemma 67.19.1 applied to the displayed arrow. Case III: $h(\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(K))$ is not in $T$ but $h$ maps the closed point of $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R)$ into $T$. In this case the corresponding morphism

is an adic morphism (by Formal Spaces, Lemma 85.10.4 and Definition 85.19.3). Hence our assumption that $\Delta _ g : W \to W \times _{X_{/T}} W$ is rig-surjective implies we can lift $p_{/T}$ to a morphism $\text{Spf}(R) \to W = X'_{/T}$, see Lemma 86.18.10. Algebraizing the composition $\text{Spf}(R) \to X'$ using Formal Spaces, Lemma 85.28.3 we find a morphism $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(R) \to X'$ lifting $p$ as desired. $\square$

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