Lemma 96.12.6. Let $S$, $\mathcal{X}$, $U$, $x$, $u_0$ be as in Definition 96.12.2. Assume

$\Delta : \mathcal{X} \to \mathcal{X} \times \mathcal{X}$ is representable by algebraic spaces,

$\Delta $ is locally of finite type (for example if $\mathcal{X}$ is limit preserving), and

$\mathcal{X}$ has (RS).

Let $V$ be a scheme locally of finite type over $S$ and let $y$ be an object of $\mathcal{X}$ over $V$. Form the $2$-fibre product

\[ \xymatrix{ \mathcal{Z} \ar[r] \ar[d] & (\mathit{Sch}/U)_{fppf} \ar[d]^ x \\ (\mathit{Sch}/V)_{fppf} \ar[r]^ y & \mathcal{X} } \]

Let $Z$ be the algebraic space representing $\mathcal{Z}$ and let $z_0 \in |Z|$ be a finite type point lying over $u_0$. If $x$ is versal at $u_0$, then the morphism $Z \to V$ is smooth at $z_0$.

**Proof.**
(The parenthetical remark in the statement holds by Lemma 96.11.4.) Observe that $Z$ exists by assumption (1) and Algebraic Stacks, Lemma 92.10.11. By assumption (2) we see that $Z \to V \times _ S U$ is locally of finite type. Choose a scheme $W$, a closed point $w_0 \in W$, and an étale morphism $W \to Z$ mapping $w_0$ to $z_0$, see Morphisms of Spaces, Definition 65.25.2. Then $W$ is locally of finite type over $S$ and $w_0$ is a finite type point of $W$. Let $l = \kappa (z_0)$. Denote $z_{l, 0}$, $v_{l, 0}$, $u_{l, 0}$, and $x_{l, 0}$ the objects of $\mathcal{Z}$, $(\mathit{Sch}/V)_{fppf}$, $(\mathit{Sch}/U)_{fppf}$, and $\mathcal{X}$ over $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(l)$ obtained by pullback to $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(l) = w_0$. Consider

\[ \xymatrix{ \mathcal{F}_{(\mathit{Sch}/W)_{fppf}, l, w_0} \ar[r] & \mathcal{F}_{\mathcal{Z}, l, z_{l, 0}} \ar[d] \ar[r] & \mathcal{F}_{(\mathit{Sch}/U)_{fppf}, l, u_{l, 0}} \ar[d] \\ & \mathcal{F}_{(\mathit{Sch}/V)_{fppf}, l, v_{l, 0}} \ar[r] & \mathcal{F}_{\mathcal{X}, l, x_{l, 0}} } \]

By Lemma 96.3.3 the square is a fibre product of predeformation categories. By Lemma 96.12.5 we see that the right vertical arrow is smooth. By Formal Deformation Theory, Lemma 88.8.7 the left vertical arrow is smooth. By Lemma 96.3.2 we see that the left horizontal arrow is smooth. We conclude that the map

\[ \mathcal{F}_{(\mathit{Sch}/W)_{fppf}, l, w_0} \to \mathcal{F}_{(\mathit{Sch}/V)_{fppf}, l, v_{l, 0}} \]

is smooth by Formal Deformation Theory, Lemma 88.8.7. Thus we conclude that $W \to V$ is smooth at $w_0$ by More on Morphisms, Lemma 37.12.1. This exactly means that $Z \to V$ is smooth at $z_0$ and the proof is complete.
$\square$

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