The Stacks project

Lemma 105.13.6. Let the algebraic stack $\mathcal{X}$ be well-nigh affine. The morphism

\[ f : \mathcal{X} \longrightarrow M \]

of Lemma 105.13.4 is a uniform categorical moduli space.

Proof. We already know that $M$ is a uniform categorical moduli space in the category of affine schemes. By Lemma 105.12.4 it suffices to show that the base change $f' : M' \times _ M \mathcal{X} \to M'$ is a categorical moduli space for any flat morphism $M' \to M$ of affine schemes. Observe that $\mathcal{X}' = M' \times _ M \mathcal{X}$ is well-nigh affine by Lemma 105.13.3. This after replacing $\mathcal{X}$ by $\mathcal{X}'$ and $M$ by $M'$, we reduce to proving $f$ is a categorical moduli space.

Let $g : \mathcal{X} \to Y$ be a morphism where $Y$ is an algebraic space. We have to show that $g = h \circ f$ for a unique morphism $h : M \to Y$.

Uniqueness. Suppose we have two morphisms $h_ i : M \to Y$ with $g = h_1 \circ f = h_2 \circ f$. Let $M' \subset M$ be the equalizer of $h_1$ and $h_2$. Then $M' \to M$ is a monomorphism and $f : \mathcal{X} \to M$ factors through $M'$. Thus $M' \to M$ is a universal homeomorphism. We conclude $M'$ is affine (Morphisms, Lemma 29.45.5). But then since $f : \mathcal{X} \to M$ is a categorical moduli space in the category of affine schemes, we see $M' = M$.

Existence. Below we will show that for every $p \in M$ there exists a cartesian square

\[ \xymatrix{ \mathcal{X}' \ar[r] \ar[d] & \mathcal{X} \ar[d] \\ M' \ar[r] & M } \]

with $M' \to M$ an étale morphism of affines and $p$ in the image such that the composition $\mathcal{X}' \to \mathcal{X} \to Y$ factors through $M'$. This means we can construct the map $h : M \to Y$ étale locally on $M$. Since $Y$ is a sheaf for the étale topology and by the uniqueness shown above, this is enough (small detail omitted).

Let $y \in |Y|$ be the image of $p$. Let $(V, v) \to (Y, y)$ be an étale morphism with $V$ affine. Consider $\mathcal{X}' = V \times _ Y \mathcal{X}$. Observe that $\mathcal{X}' \to \mathcal{X}$ is separated and étale as the base change of $V \to Y$. Moreover, $\mathcal{X}' \to \mathcal{X}$ induces isomorphisms on automorphism groups (Morphisms of Stacks, Remark 100.19.5) as this is true for $V \to Y$, see Morphisms of Stacks, Lemma 100.45.5. Choose a presentation $\mathcal{X} = [U/R]$ as in Lemma 105.13.2. Set $U' = \mathcal{X}' \times _\mathcal {X} U = V \times _ Y U$ and choose $u' \in U'$ mapping to $p$ and $v$ (possible by Properties of Spaces, Lemma 65.4.3). Since $U' \to U$ is separated and étale we see that every finite set of points of $U'$ is contained in an affine open, see More on Morphisms, Lemma 37.45.1. On the other hand, the morphism $U' \to \mathcal{X}'$ is surjective, finite, flat, and locally of finite presentation. Setting $R' = U' \times _{\mathcal{X}'} U'$ we see that $s', t' : R' \to U'$ are finite locally free. By Groupoids, Lemma 39.24.1 there exists an $R'$-invariant affine open subscheme $U'' \subset U'$ containing $u'$. Let $\mathcal{X}'' \subset \mathcal{X}'$ be the corresponding open substack. Then $\mathcal{X}''$ is well-nigh affine. By Lemma 105.13.5 we obtain a cartesian square

\[ \xymatrix{ \mathcal{X}'' \ar[r] \ar[d] & \mathcal{X} \ar[d] \\ M'' \ar[r] & M } \]

with $M'' \to M$ étale. Since $\mathcal{X}'' \to M''$ is a categorical moduli space in the category of affine schemes we obtain a morphism $M'' \to V$ such that the composition $\mathcal{X}'' \to \mathcal{X}' \to V$ is equal to the composition $\mathcal{X}'' \to M'' \to V$. This proves our claim and finishes the proof. $\square$


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