# Commutative group scheme

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A group scheme over a basis scheme , the value of which on any -scheme is an Abelian group. Examples of commutative group schemes are Abelian schemes and algebraic tori (cf. Algebraic torus; Abelian scheme). A generalization of algebraic tori in the framework of the theory of group schemes is the following notion. A commutative group scheme is said to be a group scheme of multiplicative type if for any point there is an open neighbourhood and and an absolutely-flat quasi-compact morphism such that the commutative group scheme is diagonalizable over . Here, a diagonalizable group scheme is a group scheme of the form where is an Abelian group and is its group algebra with coefficients in the structure sheaf of the scheme . In the case when is the spectrum of an algebraically closed field, this notion reduces to that of a diagonalizable group. If is the additive group of integers, then coincides with the multiplicative group scheme .

Let be a group scheme over whose fibre over the point is a group scheme of multiplicative type over the residue class field . Then there is a neighbourhood of such that is a group scheme of multiplicative type over (Grothendieck's rigidity theorem).

The structure of commutative group schemes has been studied in the case when the basis scheme is the spectrum of a field , and the commutative group scheme is of finite type over . In this case the commutative group scheme contains a maximal invariant affine group subscheme, the quotient with respect to which is an Abelian variety (a structure theorem of Chevalley). Any affine commutative group scheme of such a type has a maximal invariant group subscheme of multiplicative type, the quotient with respect to which is a unipotent group. If the field is perfect, then , where is a maximal unipotent subgroup of .

How to Cite This Entry:
Commutative group scheme. Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Commutative_group_scheme&oldid=13667
This article was adapted from an original article by I.V. Dolgachev (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article