scheme amounts to a group scheme diagram for a smooth proper R-scheme having
geometrically connected fibers, the abelian scheme A over R descends to an abelian
scheme over Ri0 for some sufficiently large i0.
The residue field κi0 of Ri0 is merely a subfield of κ. By [34, 0III, 10.3.1],
there is a faithfully flat local extension Ri0 R with R noetherian and having
residue field κ over κi0 . By faithful flatness, every minimal prime of R has residue
characteristic 0, so we can replace R with its quotient by such a prime to obtain a
solution over a complete local noetherian domain with residue field κ.
Typically our liftings will be equipped with additional structure such as a po-
larization, and so the existence of an affirmative solution for our lifting problem
(for a given A0) often amounts to an appropriate deformation ring R for A0 (over a
Cohen ring for κ) admitting a generic point in characteristic 0; the coordinate ring
of the corresponding irreducible component of Spec(R) is such an R. If κ κ is
an extension of fields and W W is the associated extension of Cohen rings then
often there is a natural isomorphism R W ⊗W R relating the corresponding de-
formation rings for A0 and (A0)κ (see,, and Thus, if R
has a generic point of characteristic 0 then so does R. Hence, to prove an affirmative
answer to lifting questions as above it is usually enough to consider algebraically
closed κ. For example, the general lifting problem for polarized abelian varieties
(allowing polarizations for which the associated symmetric isogeny A0 A0
is not
separable) was solved affirmatively by Norman-Oort [85, Cor. 3.2] when κ = κ, and
the general case follows by deformation theory (via with O = Z).
1.1.2. Refinements. When a lifting problem as above has an affirmative solution,
it is natural to ask if the (complete local noetherian) base ring R for the lifting
can be chosen to satisfy nice ring-theoretic properties, such as being normal or a
discrete valuation ring. Slicing methods allow one to find an R with dim(R) = 1
(see 2.1.1 for this argument), but normalization generally increases the residue field.
Hence, asking that the complete local noetherian domain R be normal or a discrete
valuation ring with a specified residue field κ is a non-trivial condition unless κ is
algebraically closed.
We are interested in versions of the lifting problem for finite κ when we lift not
only the abelian variety but also a large commutative subring of its endomorphism
algebra. To avoid counterexamples it is sometimes necessary to weaken the lifting
problem by permitting the initial abelian variety A0 to be replaced with another
in the same isogeny class over κ. In 1.8 we will precisely formulate several such
lifting problems involving complex multiplication, and the main result of our work
is a rather satisfactory solution to these lifting problems.
1.1.3. Purpose of this chapter. Much of the literature on complex multiplica-
tion involves either (i) working over an algebraically closed ground field, (ii) making
unspecified finite extensions of the ground field, or (iii) restricting attention to sim-
ple abelian varieties. To avoid any uncertainty about the degree of generality in
which various foundational results in the theory are valid, as well as to provide a
convenient reference for subsequent considerations, in this chapter we provide an
extensive review of the algebraic theory of complex multiplication over a general
base field. This includes special features of the theory over finite fields and over
fields of characteristic 0, and for some important proofs we refer to the original
literature (e.g., papers of Tate). Some arithmetic aspects (such as reflex fields and
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