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50.14 Projective space bundle formula

The title says it all.

Proposition 50.14.1. Let $X \to S$ be a morphism of schemes. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be a locally free $\mathcal{O}_ X$-module of constant rank $r$. Consider the morphism $p : P = \mathbf{P}(\mathcal{E}) \to X$. Then the map

\[ \bigoplus \nolimits _{i = 0, \ldots , r - 1} H^*_{dR}(X/S) \longrightarrow H^*_{dR}(P/S) \]

given by the rule

\[ (a_0, \ldots , a_{r - 1}) \longmapsto \sum \nolimits _{i = 0, \ldots , r - 1} c_1^{dR}(\mathcal{O}_ P(1))^ i \cup p^*(a_ i) \]

is an isomorphism.

Proof. Choose an affine open $\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A) \subset X$ such that $\mathcal{E}$ restricts to the trivial locally free module $\mathcal{O}_{\mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A)}^{\oplus r}$. Then $P \times _ X \mathop{\mathrm{Spec}}(A) = \mathbf{P}^{r - 1}_ A$. Thus we see that $p$ is proper and smooth, see Section 50.11. Moreover, the classes $c_1^{dR}(\mathcal{O}_ P(1))^ i$, $i = 0, 1, \ldots , r - 1$ restricted to a fibre $X_ y = \mathbf{P}^{r - 1}_ y$ freely generate the de Rham cohomology $H^*_{dR}(X_ y/y)$ over $\kappa (y)$, see Lemma 50.11.4. Thus we've verified the conditions of Proposition 50.13.3 and we win. $\square$

Remark 50.14.2. In the situation of Proposition 50.14.1 we get moreover that the map

\[ \tilde\xi : \bigoplus \nolimits _{t = 0, \ldots , r - 1} \Omega ^\bullet _{X/S}[-2t] \longrightarrow Rp_*\Omega ^\bullet _{P/S} \]

is an isomorphism in $D(X, (X \to S)^{-1}\mathcal{O}_ X)$ as follows immediately from the application of Proposition 50.13.3. Note that the arrow for $t = 0$ is simply the canonical map $c_{P/X} : \Omega ^\bullet _{X/S} \to Rp_*\Omega ^\bullet _{P/S}$ of Section 50.2. In fact, we can pin down this map further in this particular case. Namely, consider the canonical map

\[ \xi ' : \Omega ^\bullet _{P/S} \to \Omega ^\bullet _{P/S}[2] \]

of Remark 50.4.3 corresponding to $c_1^{dR}(\mathcal{O}_ P(1))$. Then

\[ \xi '[2(t - 1)] \circ \ldots \circ \xi '[2] \circ \xi ' : \Omega ^\bullet _{P/S} \to \Omega ^\bullet _{P/S}[2t] \]

is the map of Remark 50.4.3 corresponding to $c_1^{dR}(\mathcal{O}_ P(1))^ t$. Tracing through the choices made in the proof of Proposition 50.13.3 we find the value

\[ \tilde\xi |_{\Omega ^\bullet _{X/S}[-2t]} = Rp_*\xi '[-2] \circ \ldots \circ Rp_*\xi '[-2(t - 1)] \circ Rp_*\xi '[-2t] \circ c_{P/X}[-2t] \]

for the restriction of our isomorphism to the summand $\Omega ^\bullet _{X/S}[-2t]$. This has the following simple consequence we will use below: let

\[ M = \bigoplus \nolimits _{t = 1, \ldots , r - 1} \Omega ^\bullet _{X/S}[-2t] \quad \text{and}\quad K = \bigoplus \nolimits _{t = 0, \ldots , r - 2} \Omega ^\bullet _{X/S}[-2t] \]

viewed as subcomplexes of the source of the arrow $\tilde\xi $. It follows formally from the discussion above that

\[ c_{P/X} \oplus \tilde\xi |_ M : \Omega ^\bullet _{X/S} \oplus M \longrightarrow Rp_*\Omega ^\bullet _{P/S} \]

is an isomorphism and that the diagram

\[ \xymatrix{ K \ar[d]_{\tilde\xi |_ K} \ar[r]_{\text{id}} & M[2] \ar[d]^{(\tilde\xi |_ M)[2]} \\ Rp_*\Omega ^\bullet _{P/S} \ar[r]^{Rp_*\xi '} & Rp_*\Omega ^\bullet _{P/S}[2] } \]

commutes where $\text{id} : K \to M[2]$ identifies the summand corresponding to $t$ in the deomposition of $K$ to the summand corresponding to $t + 1$ in the decomposition of $M$.

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