Descent along torsors

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In mathematics, given a G-torsor XY and a stack F, the descent along torsors says there is a canonical equivalence between F(Y), the category of Y-points and F(X)G, the category of G-equivariant X-points.[1] It is a basic example of descent, since it says the "equivariant data" (which is an additional data) allows one to "descend" from X to Y.

When G is the Galois group of a finite Galois extension L/K, for the G-torsor , this generalizes classical Galois descent (cf. field of definition).

For example, one can take F to be the stack of quasi-coherent sheaves (in an appropriate topology). Then F(X)G consists of equivariant sheaves on X; thus, the descent in this case says that to give an equivariant sheaf on X is to give a sheaf on the quotient X/G.


  1. ^ Vistoli, Theorem 4.46


  • Angelo Vistoli, Notes on Grothendieck topologies, fibered categories and descent theory (Updated September 2, 2008)

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