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## Definition

A group scheme is a group object in the category of schemes (or in a category of some schemes as for instance that of schemes over a fixed base scheme); in particular a group scheme is a group functor. As explained at group object there are two equivalent ways of realizing this:

One way is to define it as a functor $G:C Ring\to Set$ equipped with a transformation $m:G\times G\to G$ satisfying the properties spelled out at group object.

The other way is to define it as a functor $Sch\to Grp$ from the category of schemes to that of (discrete) groups whose composition with the forgetful functor $Grp\to Set$ is representable.

Grothendieck emphasized the study of schemes over a fixed base scheme. Following this idea in the functor of points formalism, a group scheme over a scheme $X$ is a functor

$G: (Sch /X)^{op} \to Grp$

A morphism of group schemes $f:G\to H$ is a morphism of schemes that is a group homomorphism on any choice of values of points. This is more easily stated by saying that a morphism of group schemes must be a natural transformation between the functor of points; i.e. $f$ is required to be a natural transformation of functors with values in the category $Grp$ of groups (instead of with values in Set); an equivalent way to state this is that $f$ needs to satisfy $f m=m(f\times f)$ if $m:G\times G\to G$ denotes the group law on $G$.

This construction generalizes to ind-schemes (as for example formal schemes) to that of a formal group scheme.

## Overview

Let $k$ be some base field. We start with the constant group scheme $E_k$ defined by some classical group $E$ which gives in every component just the group $E$. Next we visit the notion of étale group scheme. This is not itself constant but becomes so by scalar extension to the separable closure $k_sep$ of $k$. The importance of étale affine is that the category of them is equivalent to that of Galois modules by $E\mapsto E \otimes_k k_sep=\cup_{K/k \,sep\,fin} E(K)$

So far these examples ”do nothing” with the (multiplicative and additive) structure of the ring in which we evaluate our group scheme. But the next instances do this: We define the additive- and the multiplicative group scheme by $\alpha_k: R\mapsto R^+$ and $\mu_k:R\mapsto R^\times$ sending a $k$-ring to to its underlying additive- and multiplicative group, respectively. These have the ”function rings” $O_k(\alpha_k)=k[T]$ and $O_(\mu_k)=K[T,T^{-1}]$ and since $(O_k\dashv Spec_k):k.Ring\stackrel{Spec_k}{\to} k.Aff$ we note that our basic building blocks $\alpha_k$ and $\mu_k$ are in fact representable $k$-functors aka. affine group schemes. We observe that we have $k.Gr(\mu_k,\alpha_k)=0$ and call in generalization of this property any group scheme $G$ satisfying $k.Gr(G,\alpha_k)=0$ multiplicative group scheme. (We could have also the idea to call $G$ satisfying $k.Gr(\mu_k,G)=0$ ”additive” but I didn’t see this.) By some computation of the hom spaces $k.Gr(G,\mu_k)$ involving co- and birings we see that these are again always values of a representable $k$-functor $D(G)(-):=(-).Gr(G\otimes_k (-),\mu_{(-)})$; this functor we call the Cartier dual of $G$. If for example $G$ is a finite group scheme $D(G)$ also is, and moreover $D$ is a contravariant autoequivalence (”duality”) of $k.fin.comm.Grp$; in general it is also a duality in some specific sense. By taking the Cartier dual $D(E_k)$ of a constant group scheme we obtain the notion of a diagonlizable group scheme. To justify this naming we compute some value $D(E_k)(R)=hom_{Grp}(E_k\otimes_k R, \mu_R)\simeq hom_{Grp}(E_k,R^\times)\simeq hom_Alg(k[E_k],R)$ where $k[E_k]$ denotes the group algebra of $E_k$ and the last isomorphism is due to the universal property of group rings; we observe that the last equality tells us that $G=Spec\,k[E_k]$ and recall that a $\zeta\in E_k\subset k[E_k]$ is called a character of $G$ (and one calls a group generated by these ”diagonalizable”). Revisiting the condition $k.Gr(H,\alpha_k)=0$ by which we defined multiplicative group schemes and considering a group scheme $G$ satisfying this condition for all sub group-schemes $H$ of $G$ we arrive at the notion of unipotent group scheme. By the structure theorem of decomposition of affine groups we can proof that $G$ is unipotent iff the completion of group schemes (which gives us-by the usual technic of completion- a formal (group) scheme $\hat X$ if $X$ is a group scheme) of the Cartier dual of $G$, i.e. $\hat D(G)$ is a connected formal group scheme also called local group scheme since a local group scheme $Q=Spec_k A$ is defined to be the spectrum of a local ring; this requirement in turn is equivalent to $Q(K)=hom(A,K)=\{0\}$ hence the first name ”connected”. There is also a connection between connected and étale schemes: For any formal group scheme there is an essentially unique exact sequence

(1)$0\to G^\circ\to G\to \pi_0(G)\to 0$

where $G^\circ$ is connected and $\pi_0(G)$ is étale. Such decomposition in exact sequences we obtain in further cases: $0\to G^{ex}\to G\to G_{ex}\to 0$ where

where a smooth (group) scheme is defined to be the spectrum of a finite dimensional (over k) power series algebra, a (group) scheme is called finite (group) scheme if we restrict in all necessary definitions to $k$-ring which are finite dimensional $k$-vector spaces, and a (group) scheme is called infinitesimal (group) scheme if it is finite and local. If moreover $k$ is a perfect field any finite affine $k$-group $G$ is in a unique way the product of four subgroups $G=a\times b\times c\times d$ where $a\in Fem_k$ is a formal étale multiplicative $k$ group, $b\in Feu_k$ is a formal étale unipotent $k$ group, $c\in Fim_k$ is a formal infinitesimal multiplicative $k$ group, and $d\in Fem_k$ is a infinitesimal unipotent $k$ group.

If we now shift our focus to colimits- or more generally to codirected systems of finite group schemes, in particular the notion of p-divisible group is an extensively studied case because the $p$-divisible group $G(p)$ of a group scheme encodes information on the p-torsion of the group scheme $G$. To appreciate the definition of $G(p)$ we first recall that for any group scheme $G$ we have the relative Frobenius morphism $F_G:G\to G^{(p)}$ to distinguish it from the absolute Frobenius morphism $F^{abs}_G:G\to G$ which is induced by the Frobenius morphism of the underlying ring $k$. The passage to the relative Frobenius is necessary since in general it is not true that the absolute Frobenius respects the base scheme. Now we define $G[p^n]:=ker\; F^n_G$ where the kernel is taken of the Frobenius iterated $n$-times and the codirected system

$G[p]\stackrel{p}{\to}G[p^2]\stackrel{p}{\to}\dots \stackrel{p}{\to}G[p^{n}]\stackrel{p}{\to}G[p^{n+1}]\stackrel{p}{\to}\dots$

is then called the $p$-divisible group of $G$. As cardinality (in group theory also called rank) of this objects we have $card(G[p^j])=p^{j\cdot h}$ for some $h\in \mathbb{N}$; this $h$ is called the height of $G$. Moreover we have (p1) the $G[p^i]$ are finite group schemes (we assumed this by definition), (p2) the sequences of the form $0\to ker\, p^j\xhookrightarrow{\iota_j} ker p^{j+k}\stackrel{p^j}{\to}ker p^k\to 0$ are exact, (p3) $G=\cup_j ker\, p^j\cdot id_G$ and one can show that if we start with any codirected system $(G_i)_{i\in \mathbb{N}}$ satisfying (p1)(p2) we have that $colim_i G_i$ satisfies (p3) and $ker( F^n_G)\simeq G_n$ - in other words the properties (p1)(p2) give an equivalent alternative definition of $p$-divisible groups (and (p3) leads some authors to ”identify” $G$ and $G(p)$). Basic examples of $p$-divisible groups are $(\mathbb{Q}_p/\mathbb{Z}_p)^h_k$ which is (up to isomorphism) the unique example of a constant $p$-divisible group of height $h$ and $A(p)$ where $A$ is a commutative variety with a group law (aka. algebraic group). $A(p)$ is called the Barsotti-Tate group of an abelian variety; if the dimension of $A$ is $g$ the height of $A(p)$ is $2g$. Now, what about decomposition of $p$-divisible groups? We have even one more equivalent ”exactness” characterization of $p$-divisible formal groups by: $G$ is $p$-divisible iff in the connected-étale decomposition given by the exact sequence displayed in (1) we have ,($p1^\prime$), $\pi_0(G)(\overline k)\simeq (\mathbb{Q}_p/\mathbb{Z}_p)^r$ for some $r\in \mathbb{N}$ and ,($p2^\prime$), $G^\circ$ is of finite type (= the spectrum of a Noetherian ring), smooth, and the kernel of its Verschiebung morphism (this is the left adjoint the Frobenius morphism) is finite. Of course this characterization of $p$-divisiblity by exact sequences gives rise to propositions on dimensions and subgroups of $p$-divisible groups.

(…)

In cases where $k$ is a field of prime characteristic $p$, there is some special $k$-functor which is a group functor and even a ring functor (a $k$-functor equipped with a ring structure) - namely the functor $W:k.Ring. comm\to \lambda.Ring\hookrightarrow Set$ whose image is the category $\Lambda$ of lambda-rings; the objects $W(R)$ of $\Lambda$ are also called Witt vectors since they are infinite sequences of elements of $R$ (this justifies at least ”vectors”). $W$ possesses a left adjoint $(V\dasv W)$ forgetting the lambda-structure and the couniversal property? associated to this adjunction states that for a $k$-ring $R$ we have that $W(R)$ is the couniversal object such that all so called Witt polynomials $w_n(x_0,\dots x_n):=x_0^{p^n}+p\cdot x_1^{p^{n-1}}+p^2 \cdot x_2^{p^{n-2}}+\dots+p^n\cdot x_n$ are ring homomorphisms. For this special $k$-group $W$ we revisit some construction we have done above for general $k$-groups: we firstly make the eponymous remark that the Verschiebung morphism $V_W(R):(a_1,a_2,\dots,a_n,\dots)\mapsto (0,a_1,a_2,\dots,a_n,\dots)$ is given by shifting (German: Verschiebung) one component to the right. By abstract nonsense we have also Frobenius. An important proposition concerning the ring of Witt vectors is that for a perfect field $k$, $W(k)$ is a discrete valuation ring. The next construction we visit with $W(R)$ is Cartier duality of finite Witt groups (here we forget that $W(R)$ is even a ring): For this note that the ring of finite Witt vectors $W_fin(R)$ is an ideal in $W(R)$ and we have Frobenius and Verschiebung also in this truncated case; more precisely we have for each $n$ a Frobenius $F_{W_n}:W_n\to W_n$ where $W_n(R)$ denotes the ring of Witt vectors of length $n$. With this notation we find $ker(F^m_{W_n})\simeq D(ker(F^n_{W_n})$.

Since $W(k)$ is a ring we can ask of its modules in general; however there is in particular one $W(k)$-module of interest which is called the Dieudonné module $M(G)$ of $G$. It can be defined in two equivalent ways: 1. as a $W(k)$-module $M$ equipped with two endomorphisms of $F$ and $V$ satisfying the ”Witt-Frobenius identities”

(WF1): $FV=VF=p$

(WF2): $Fw=w^{(p)} F$

(WF3): $w V=V w^{(p)}$

or 2. as a left module over the Dieudonné ring which is the (noncommutative ring) generated by $W(k)$ and two variables $F$ and $V$ satisfying (WF1)(WF2)(WF3) in which case every element of $D_k$ can uniquely be written as a finite sum

$\sum_{i\gt 0} a_{-i} V^i + a_0 + \sum_{i\gt 0} a_i F^i$

(…)

## Examples

• For a field $k$ the terminal $k$-scheme $Sp_k k$ is a group scheme in a unique way.

• An affine group scheme. Affine group varieties are called linear algebraic groups.

• Complete group varieties are called abelian varieties.

• Given any group $G$, one can form the constant group scheme? $G_X$ over $X$.

• etale group scheme? is the spectrum of a commutative Hopf algebra. In this case the multiplication- resp. inversion- reps. unit map are given by comultiplication? reps. antipodism? resp. counit in the Hopf algebra.

• The functor $\mu:=\mathbb{G}_m$ is a group scheme given by $\mathbb{G}_m(S)=\Gamma(S, \mathcal{O}_S)^\times$. A scheme is sent to the invertible elements of its global functions. This group scheme is called the multiplicative group scheme. In context of p-divisible groups the kernels of the $k$-group scheme endomorphisms of $\mathbb{G}_m$ defined by $(-)^n:x\mapsto x^n$ for an integer $n$ are of particular interest. These kernels give the group schemes of the $n$-th root of unity.

• diagonalizable group scheme. Note that the multiplicative group scheme is diagonalizable.

• multiplicative group scheme also called group scheme of multiplicative type. Every diagonalizable group scheme is in particular of multiplicative type.

• The additive group scheme assigns to a ring its additive group. Also here the kernels of the powering-by-n map are of interest. These kernels give the group schemes of the $n$-th nilpotent element?.

• Group schemes can be constructed by restriction of scalars.

• The functor $\alpha:=\mathbb{G}_a$ is a group scheme given by $\mathbb{G}_a(S)=\Gamma(S, \mathcal{O}_S)$ the additive group of the ring of global functions. This group scheme is called the additive group scheme.

• connected group scheme? (is synonymous to local group scheme?)

• unipotent group scheme (these are Cartier duals of local group schemes)

• the kernel of any group scheme morphism is a group scheme.

• Every algebraic group is in particular a group scheme.

## Properties

### Cartier duality

(main article: Cartier duality)

Suppose now that $G$ is a finite flat commutative group scheme (over $X$). The Cartier dual of $G$ is given by the functor $G^D(S)=Hom (G\otimes S, \mathbb{G}_m \otimes S)$. The Hom is taken in the category of group schemes over $S$.

For example, $\alpha_p^D\simeq \alpha_p$.

### Dieudonné module

(main article: Dieudonné module)

There are certain correspondences (Theorem AcuTheorem Fftc) between certain categories of group schemes and certain categories of Dieudonné modules.

###### Definition

A Dieudonné module is a module over the Dieudonné ring $D_k$ of a field $k$ of prime characteristic $p$.

###### Definition

The Dieudonné ring of $k$ is the ring generated by two objects $F,V$ subject to the relations

$FV=VF=p$
$Fw=w^\sigma F$
$w V=V w^\sigma$

where

$\sigma:\begin{cases} W(k)\to W(k) \\ (w_1,w_2,\dots)\mapsto (w_1^p,w_2^p,\dots) \end{cases}$

denotes the endomorphism of the Witt ring $W(k)$ of $k$ given by raising each component of the Witt vectors to the $p$-th power; this means that $\sigma$ is component-wise given by the Frobenius endomorphism of the file $k$.

The Dieudonné ring is a $\mathbb{Z}$-graded ring where the degree $n$-part is the $1$-dimensional free module generated by $V^{-n}$ if $n\lt 0$ and by $F^n$ if $n\gt 0$

###### Theorem

(III.5, $Acu_k\simeq Tor_V D_kMod$)

Let $k$ be a perfect field of prime characteristic $p$. Since $k$ is perfect Frobenius is an automorphism.

On the left we have the category of affine commutative unipotent group schemes. On the right we have the category of all D_k-modules of $V$-torsion. The (contravariant) equivalence is given by

$M:\begin{cases} Acu_k&\to& Tor_V D_kMod \\ G&\mapsto&colim_n Acu_k(G,W_{nk}) \end{cases}$

where we recall that how the colimit of the hom space can be multiplied by the generators of the Dieudonné ring.

###### Theorem

(III.6, $Feu_k\simeq Tor_V D_kMod$)

###### Theorem

(III.6, $Fiu_k\simeq Tor_F D_kMod$)

###### Theorem

(III.8, $Torf_p\simeq (fin W(k) Mod,F,V)$)

###### Theorem

(III.9, $Fftc\simeq \hat D_k Mod_{fin.len.quot}$)

## References

• M. Artin, J. E. Bertin, M. Demazure, P. Gabriel, A. Grothendieck, M. Raynaud, J.-P. Serre, Schemas en groupes, i.e. SGA III-1, III-2, III-3

• Michel Demazure, P. Gabriel, Groupes algebriques, tome 1 (later volumes never appeared), Mason and Cie, Paris 1970

• W. Waterhouse, Introduction to affine group schemes, GTM 66, Springer 1979.

• D. Mumford, Abelian varieties, 1970, 1985.

• J. C. Jantzen, Representations of algebraic groups, Acad. Press 1987 (Pure and Appl. Math. vol 131); 2nd edition AMS Math. Surveys and Monog. 107 (2003; reprinted 2007)

Revised on November 11, 2013 23:09:39 by Urs Schreiber (145.116.131.252)