Demazure, lectures on p-divisible groups, II.2, constant and étale k-groups

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Let $k$ be a field.

If $E$ is a group then the constant scheme? $E_k$ on $E$ carries a group structure. Such an $E_k$ is called constant $k$-group.

Let $k_s$ denote the field extension of $k$ consisting of separable elements. Let $\Pi:=Gal(k_s/k)$ denote the Galois group of this extension. Then the functor

$(-)(k_s):\begin{cases}
et Sch_k
&\to&
Gal(k_s/k)-Set
\\
X
&\to&
X(k_s)
\end{cases}$

is an equivalence between the category of étale $k$-schemes and that of sets equipped with a group action of$Gal(k_s/k)$.

Moreover this gives a functor

$(-)(k_s):\begin{cases}
et Gr_k
&\to&
Gal(k_s/k)-Mod
\\
X
&\to&
X(k_s)
\end{cases}$

which is an equivalence between the category of étale $k$-groups and that of groups equipped with a group action of $Gal(k_s/k)$. Note that commutative $Gal(k_s/k)$-groups are called Galois modules, too.

A $k$-group scheme is étale iff its coefficient extension $X\otimes_k k_s$ along $k\hookrightarrow k_s$ is a constant k-scheme.

- Michel Demazure, lectures on p-divisible groups web

Revised on May 27, 2012 13:25:32
by Stephan Alexander Spahn
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