## 38.29 Grothendieck's Existence Theorem, V

In this section we prove an analogue for Grothendieck's existence theorem in the derived category, following the method used in Section 38.28 for quasi-coherent modules. The classical case is discussed in Cohomology of Schemes, Sections 30.24, 30.25, and 30.27. We will work in the following situation.

Situation 38.29.1. Here we have an inverse system of rings $(A_ n)$ with surjective transition maps whose kernels are locally nilpotent. Set $A = \mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits A_ n$. We have a scheme $X$ proper, flat, and of finite presentation over $A$. We set $X_ n = X \times _{\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)} \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A_ n)$ and we view it as a closed subscheme of $X$. We assume further given a system $(K_ n, \varphi _ n)$ where $K_ n$ is a pseudo-coherent object of $D(\mathcal{O}_{X_ n})$ and

\[ \varphi _ n : K_ n \longrightarrow K_{n - 1} \]

is a map in $D(\mathcal{O}_{X_ n})$ which induces an isomorphism $K_ n \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_{X_ n}}^\mathbf {L} \mathcal{O}_{X_{n - 1}} \to K_{n - 1}$ in $D(\mathcal{O}_{X_{n - 1}})$.

More precisely, we should write $\varphi _ n : K_ n \to Ri_{n - 1, *}K_{n - 1}$ where $i_{n - 1} : X_{n - 1} \to X_ n$ is the inclusion morphism and in this notation the condition is that the adjoint map $Li_{n - 1}^*K_ n \to K_{n - 1}$ is an isomorphism. Our goal is to find a pseudo-coherent $K \in D(\mathcal{O}_ X)$ such that $K_ n = K \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_ X}^\mathbf {L} \mathcal{O}_{X_ n}$ for all $n$ (with the same abuse of notation).

Lemma 38.29.2. In Situation 38.29.1 consider

\[ K = R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits _{D_\mathit{QCoh}(\mathcal{O}_ X)}(K_ n) = DQ_ X(R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits _{D(\mathcal{O}_ X)} K_ n) \]

Then $K$ is in $D^-_{\mathit{QCoh}}(\mathcal{O}_ X)$.

**Proof.**
The functor $DQ_ X$ exists because $X$ is quasi-compact and quasi-separated, see Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.21.1. Since $DQ_ X$ is a right adjoint it commutes with products and therefore with derived limits. Hence the equality in the statement of the lemma.

By Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.21.4 the functor $DQ_ X$ has bounded cohomological dimension. Hence it suffices to show that $R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits K_ n \in D^-(\mathcal{O}_ X)$. To see this, let $U \subset X$ be an affine open. Then there is a canonical exact sequence

\[ 0 \to R^1\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits H^{m - 1}(U, K_ n) \to H^ m(U, R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits K_ n) \to \mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits H^ m(U, K_ n) \to 0 \]

by Cohomology, Lemma 20.35.1. Since $U$ is affine and $K_ n$ is pseudo-coherent (and hence has quasi-coherent cohomology sheaves by Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.10.1) we see that $H^ m(U, K_ n) = H^ m(K_ n)(U)$ by Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.3.5. Thus we conclude that it suffices to show that $K_ n$ is bounded above independent of $n$.

Since $K_ n$ is pseudo-coherent we have $K_ n \in D^-(\mathcal{O}_{X_ n})$. Suppose that $a_ n$ is maximal such that $H^{a_ n}(K_ n)$ is nonzero. Of course $a_1 \leq a_2 \leq a_3 \leq \ldots $. Note that $H^{a_ n}(K_ n)$ is an $\mathcal{O}_{X_ n}$-module of finite presentation (Cohomology, Lemma 20.44.9). We have $H^{a_ n}(K_{n - 1}) = H^{a_ n}(K_ n) \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_{X_ n}} \mathcal{O}_{X_{n - 1}}$. Since $X_{n - 1} \to X_ n$ is a thickening, it follows from Nakayama's lemma (Algebra, Lemma 10.20.1) that if $H^{a_ n}(K_ n) \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_{X_ n}} \mathcal{O}_{X_{n - 1}}$ is zero, then $H^{a_ n}(K_ n)$ is zero too. Thus $a_ n = a_{n - 1}$ for all $n$ and we conclude.
$\square$

Lemma 38.29.3. In Situation 38.29.1 let $K$ be as in Lemma 38.29.2. For any perfect object $E$ of $D(\mathcal{O}_ X)$ the cohomology

\[ M = R\Gamma (X, K \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E) \]

is a pseudo-coherent object of $D(A)$ and there is a canonical isomorphism

\[ R\Gamma (X_ n, K_ n \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E|_{X_ n}) = M \otimes _ A^\mathbf {L} A_ n \]

in $D(A_ n)$. Here $E|_{X_ n}$ denotes the derived pullback of $E$ to $X_ n$.

**Proof.**
Write $E_ n = E|_{X_ n}$ and $M_ n = R\Gamma (X_ n, K_ n \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E|_{X_ n})$. By Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.30.5 we see that $M_ n$ is a pseudo-coherent object of $D(A_ n)$ whose formation commutes with base change. Thus the maps $M_ n \otimes _{A_ n}^\mathbf {L} A_{n - 1} \to M_{n - 1}$ coming from $\varphi _ n$ are isomorphisms. By More on Algebra, Lemma 15.96.1 we find that $R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits M_ n$ is pseudo-coherent and that its base change back to $A_ n$ recovers $M_ n$. On the other hand, the exact functor $R\Gamma (X, -) : D_\mathit{QCoh}(\mathcal{O}_ X) \to D(A)$ of triangulated categories commutes with products and hence with derived limits, whence

\[ R\Gamma (X, E \otimes ^\mathbf {L} K) = R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits R\Gamma (X, E \otimes ^\mathbf {L} K_ n) = R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits R\Gamma (X_ n, E_ n \otimes ^\mathbf {L} K_ n) = R\mathop{\mathrm{lim}}\nolimits M_ n \]

as desired.
$\square$

Lemma 38.29.4. In Situation 38.29.1 let $K$ be as in Lemma 38.29.2. Then $K$ is pseudo-coherent on $X$.

**Proof.**
Combinging Lemma 38.29.3 and Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.34.3 we see that $R\Gamma (X, K \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E)$ is pseudo-coherent in $D(A)$ for all pseudo-coherent $E$ in $D(\mathcal{O}_ X)$. Thus it follows from More on Morphisms, Lemma 37.63.4 that $K$ is pseudo-coherent relative to $A$. Since $X$ is of flat and of finite presentation over $A$, this is the same as being pseudo-coherent on $X$, see More on Morphisms, Lemma 37.53.18.
$\square$

Lemma 38.29.5. In Situation 38.29.1 let $K$ be as in Lemma 38.29.2. For any quasi-compact open $U \subset X$ we have

\[ R\Gamma (U, K) \otimes _ A^\mathbf {L} A_ n = R\Gamma (U_ n, K_ n) \]

in $D(A_ n)$ where $U_ n = U \cap X_ n$.

**Proof.**
Fix $n$. By Derived Categories of Schemes, Lemma 36.33.4 there exists a system of perfect complexes $E_ m$ on $X$ such that $R\Gamma (U, K) = \text{hocolim} R\Gamma (X, K \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E_ m)$. In fact, this formula holds not just for $K$ but for every object of $D_\mathit{QCoh}(\mathcal{O}_ X)$. Applying this to $K_ n$ we obtain

\begin{align*} R\Gamma (U_ n, K_ n) & = R\Gamma (U, K_ n) \\ & = \text{hocolim}_ m R\Gamma (X, K_ n \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E_ m) \\ & = \text{hocolim}_ m R\Gamma (X_ n, K_ n \otimes ^\mathbf {L} E_ m|_{X_ n}) \end{align*}

Using Lemma 38.29.3 and the fact that $- \otimes _ A^\mathbf {L} A_ n$ commutes with homotopy colimits we obtain the result.
$\square$

Theorem 38.29.6 (Derived Grothendieck Existence Theorem). In Situation 38.29.1 there exists a pseudo-coherent $K$ in $D(\mathcal{O}_ X)$ such that $K_ n = K \otimes _{\mathcal{O}_ X}^\mathbf {L} \mathcal{O}_{X_ n}$ for all $n$ compatibly with the maps $\varphi _ n$.

**Proof.**
Apply Lemmas 38.29.2, 38.29.3, 38.29.4 to get a pseudo-coherent object $K$ of $D(\mathcal{O}_ X)$. Choosing affine opens in Lemma 38.29.5 it follows immediately that $K$ restricts to $K_ n$ over $X_ n$.
$\square$

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