Brauer groups and étale cohomology in derived algebraic geometry

Benjamin Antieau, David Gepner

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In this paper, e study Azumaya algebras and Brauer groups in derived algebraic geometry. We establish various fundamental facts about Brauer groups in this setting, and we provide a computational tool, which we use to compute the Brauer group in several examples. In particular, we show that the Brauer group of the sphere spectrum vanishes, which solves a conjecture of Baker and Richter, and we use this to prove two uniqueness theorems for the stable homotopy category. Our key technical results include the local geometricity, in the sense of Artin n-stacks, of the moduli space of perfect modules over a smooth and proper algebra, the étale local triviality of Azumaya algebras over connective derived schemes and a local to global principle for the algebraicity of stacks of stable categories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1149-1244
Number of pages96
JournalGeometry and Topology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 7 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Azumaya algebras
  • Brauer groups
  • Commutative ring spectra
  • Derived algebraic geometry
  • Moduli spaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology


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