On the Lichtenbaum-Quillen Conjectures (Updated 10/30/2021)


Starting with some motivations and brief expositions on algebraic K theory, I’ll introduce some early important computations of algebraic K-theory, including computations of K theory of finite fields and of rings of integers for which I will briefly outline the proofs. Then we’ll move on to K-theory with finite coefficients of separably closed fields. With the motivation of recovering some information of K-theory of an arbitrary field from its separable closure, we introduce a few versions of the Lichtenbaum-Quillen conjectures as descent spectral sequences of \’etale Cohomology groups. If time permits, I’ll mention relation to motivic Cohomology that a key tool is some “motivic-to-K-theory” spectral sequence.

These are notes based on my talk on Oct 01, 2021 in UIUC Graduate Homotopy Seminar. The main references are [1] and [2]. The outline of the proof of Quillen’s K-theory of finite fields has been moved to Appendix A.

Here are the notes, updated on 10/30/2021. I thank Prof Grayson for comments and pointing out some typos.

Updates (10/30/2021): Fixing a few typos, adding reference to the claim about the fixed point spectrum K_*F= (K_*E)^G for a Galois extension E\to F.


[1] Mitchell, Stephen A. “On the Lichtenbaum-Quillen conjectures from a stable homotopy-theoretic viewpoint.” Algebraic topology and its applications. Springer, New York, NY, 1994. 163-240.

[2] Weibel, Charles A. The K-book: An introduction to algebraic K-theory. Vol. 145. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 2013.

Notes and Remarks on Unstable Motivic Homotopy Theory

I have made some notes and remarks about motivic homotopy theory while working on my master dissertation during the summer of 2019.

Affine representability results: 

For remarks on section 2.3 and Lemma 2.3.2 of [2] (also quoted as Proposition 5.5 and Proposition 5.6 in [1]), we take the approach of stack and descent.  By relating hyperdescent condition for simplicial presheaves with descent for stacks [3], we show that how this implies classifying space of a stack satisfies hyperdescent.

After that, we give a different proof and some remarks of Lemma 2.3.2 based on my understanding, see Proposition 0.0.2 and Proposition 0.0.3 in Stack and descent.

Exercises on the construction of motivic homotopy theory: 

I also have some informal notes about the exercises in [1]. The following are some of my proofs for the exercises, in the remarks, I also pointed out some typos I found which may be helpful for other readers: Exercises on A Primer.



[1] Antieau, B., & Elmanto, E. (2017). A primer for unstable motivic homotopy theory. Surveys on recent developments in algebraic geometry95, 305-370.

[2] Asok, A., Hoyois, M., & Wendt, M. (2018). Affine representability results in 𝔸1–homotopy theory, II: Principal bundles and homogeneous spaces. Geometry & Topology22(2), 1181-1225.

[3] Jardine, J. F. (2015). Local homotopy theory. Springer.