# Contents

## Idea

An algebraic space is an object in the sheaf topos over the fppf-site, that has representable diagonal and an étale cover(atlas) by a scheme.

In algebraic geometry one can glue affine schemes in various topologies; this way one obtains various kinds of locally affine ringed spaces. For example, schemes locally affine in Zariski topology. Étale topology is finer than Zariski, hence the category of locally affine (ringed) spaces in étale topology is larger than the category of schemes. Algebraic spaces make a category which is includes the subcategory of all schemes and is close to the category of locally affine spaces in étale topology, namely it consists of those ringed spaces which may be obtained as a quotient of a scheme $S$ by an equivalence relation $R\subset S\times S$ which is a closed subscheme, and whose projections $p_1,p_2: R\to S$ are étale morphisms of schemes.

## Definition

Write $C_{fppf}$ for the fppf-site (over some scheme, as desired).

###### Definition

An algebraic space is

• an object $X \in Sh(C_{fppf})$ in the sheaf topos;

• whose diagonal morphism $X \to X \times X$ is representable;

• and for which there exists $U \in C$ and a morphism $U \to X$ which is

• surjective;

In this form this appears as de Jong, def. 35.6.1.

## References

Algebraic spaces are the topic of chapter 35 in

A standard monograph on algebraic spaces is

• D. Knutson, Algebraic spaces , LNM 203, Springer 1971.

Lecture notes include

Definition in E-∞ geometry is in

Some related MO questions:

Revised on May 22, 2014 09:20:28 by Urs Schreiber (88.128.80.84)