Witt Vector Cohomology

(Algebraic Geometry)


Algebraic Geometry
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What is Witt vector cohomology?

In mathematics, Witt vector cohomology was an early p-adic cohomology theory for algebraic varieties introduced by Serre . Serre constructed it by defining a sheaf of truncated Witt rings Wn over a variety V and then taking the inverse limit of the sheaf cohomology groups Hi(V, Wn) of these sheaves. Serre observed that though it gives cohomology groups over a field of characteristic 0, it cannot be a Weil cohomology theory because the cohomology groups vanish when i > dim(V). For Abelian varieties showed that one could obtain a reasonable first cohomology group by taking the direct sum of the Witt vector cohomology and the Tate module of the Picard variety.

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