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A subcategory $T$ of an abelian category $A$ is a localizing subcategory (French: sous-catégorie localisante) if there exists an exact localization functor $Q:A\to B$ having a right adjoint $B\hookrightarrow A$ (which is automatically then fully faithful) and for which $T = Ker Q$ i.e. the full subcategory of $A$ generated by objects $a\in Ob(A)$ such that $Q(a) = 0$.
One sometimes says that $T$ is the localizing subcategory associated with quotient (or localized) category $B$ (which is then equivalent to the Serre quotient category $A/T$).
A localizing subcategory $Ker Q$ determines $Q:A\to B$ up to an equivalence of categories commuting with the localization functors; it is the quotient functor $Q_T : A\to A/T$ to the Serre quotient category $A/T$. The right adjoint $S_T : A/T\to A$ to $Q_T$ is usually called the section functor. Denote the unit of the adjunction $\eta : Id_A\to S_T Q_T$. Then for $X\in Ob A$, $Ker \eta_X\subset X$ is the maximal subobject of $X$ contained in $X$, called the $T$-torsion part of $X$. An object $X$ is $T$-torsionfree if the $T$-torsion part of $X$ is $0$, i.e. $\eta_X$ is isomorphism, and $X$ is $T$-closed (local object with respect to morphisms inverting under $Q$) if $\eta_X$ is an isomorphism. The section functor $S_T$ realizes the equivalence of categories between $A/T$ and the full subcategory of $A$ generated by $T$-closed objects.
A thick subcategory $T\subset A$ (in strong sense) is localizing iff every object $M$ in $A$ has the largest subobject among the subobjects from $T$ and if the only subobject from $T$ is a zero object then there is a monomorphism from $M$ to a $T$-closed object.
Localizing subcategories are precisely those which are topologizing, closed under extensions and closed under all colimits which exist in $A$. In other words, $A$ and $A''$ are in $T$ iff any given extension $A'$ of $A$ by $A''$ is in $T$; and it is closed under colimits existing in $A$.
A strictly full subcategory $T\subset A$ is localizing iff the class $\Sigma_T$ of all $f\in Mor A$ for which $Ker f\in Ob T$ and $Coker f\in Ob T$ is precisely the class of all morphisms inverted by some left exact localization admiting right adjoint.
A reflective (strongly) thick subcategory $T$ is always localizing and the converse holds if $A$ has injective envelopes.
If $A$ admit colimits and has a set of generators, then any localizing subcategory $T\subset A$,and the Serre quotient $A/T$, admit colimits and has a set of generators (Gabriel, Prop. 9) and the quotient functor $Q_T : A\to A/T$ preserves colimits (in the same Grothendieck universe if we work with universes). The generators of $A/T$ are the images of the generators in $A$ under the quotient functor $Q_T$. If $A$ is locally noetherian abelian category then any localizing subcategory $T\subset A$ and the quotient category $A/T$ are locally noetherian (Gabriel, Cor. 1). (If $A$ is locally finitely presented, $A$ and $A/T$ are locally finitely presented.?) If $A$ is locally noetherian and $A_{Noether}\subset A$ is the full subcategory of noetherian objects in $A$, then the assignment which to any localizing subcategory $T\subset A$ assigns the full subcategory $T_{Noether}\subset T$ of noetherian objects in $T$ is the bijection between the localizing subcategories in $A$ and (strongly) thick subcategories in $A_{Noether}$ (Gabriel Prop. 10).
In this setup, there is a bijective correspondence between hereditary torsion theories, localizing subcategories and exact localizations having right adjoint.
For a strongly thick subcategory (i.e. weakly Serre subcategory) $T$ in a Grothendieck category $A$ the following are equivalent:
(i) $T$ is localizing
(ii) $T$ is closed under coproducts
(iii) $T$ is cocomplete (closed under arbitrary colimits)
(iv) any colimit of objects in $T$ in $A$ belongs to $T$
(v) the corresponding localizing functor $F: A\to A/T$ preserves colimits
There is a canonical correspondence between topologizing filters of a unital ring and localizing subcategories in the category $R$Mod of (say left) unital modules of the ring.
The notion is introduced by Gabriel:
A comprehensive (and very reliable) source is
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