- Every point x of X is isolated in its fiber f−1(f(x)). In other words, every fiber is a discrete (hence finite) set.
- For every point x of X, the scheme f−1(f(x)) = X ×YSpec κ(f(x)) is a finite κ(f(x)) scheme. (Here κ(p) is the residue field at a point p.)
- For every point x of X, is finitely generated over .
Quasi-finite morphisms were originally defined by Alexander Grothendieck in SGA 1 and did not include the finite type hypothesis. This hypothesis was added to the definition in EGA II 6.2 because it makes it possible to give an algebraic characterization of quasi-finiteness in terms of stalks.
For a general morphism f : X → Y and a point x in X, f is said to be quasi-finite at x if there exist open affine neighborhoods U of x and V of f(x) such that f(U) is contained in V and such that the restriction f : U → V is quasi-finite. f is locally quasi-finite if it is quasi-finite at every point in X. A quasi-compact locally quasi-finite morphism is quasi-finite.
For a morphism f, the following properties are true.
- If f is quasi-finite, then the induced map fred between reduced schemes is quasi-finite.
- If f is a closed immersion, then f is quasi-finite.
- If X is noetherian and f is an immersion, then f is quasi-finite.
- If g : Y → Z, and if g ∘ f is quasi-finite, then f is quasi-finite if any of the following are true:
- g is separated,
- X is noetherian,
- X ×Z Y is locally noetherian.
Quasi-finiteness is preserved by base change. The composite and fiber product of quasi-finite morphisms is quasi-finite.
If f is unramified at a point x, then f is quasi-finite at x. Conversely, if f is quasi-finite at x, and if also , the local ring of x in the fiber f−1(f(x)), is a field and a finite separable extension of κ(f(x)), then f is unramified at x.
A generalized form of Zariski Main Theorem is the following: Suppose Y is quasi-compact and quasi-separated. Let f be quasi-finite, separated and of finite presentation. Then f factors as where the first morphism is an open immersion and the second is finite. (X is open in a finite scheme over Y.)
- EGA II, Définition 6.2.3
- EGA III, ErrIII, 20.
- EGA II, Proposition 6.2.4.
- EGA IV4, Théorème 17.4.1.
- EGA II, Corollaire 6.1.7.
- EGA IV3, Théorème 8.11.1.
- EGA IV3, Théorème 8.12.6.
- Grothendieck, Alexandre; Michèle Raynaud (2003) . Séminaire de Géométrie Algébrique du Bois Marie - 1960-61 - Revêtements étales et groupe fondamental - (SGA 1) (Documents Mathématiques 3) (in French) (Updated ed.). Société Mathématique de France. xviii+327. ISBN 2-85629-141-4.
- Grothendieck, Alexandre; Jean Dieudonné (1961). "Éléments de géométrie algébrique (rédigés avec la collaboration de Jean Dieudonné) : II. Étude globale élémentaire de quelques classes de morphismes". Publications Mathématiques de l'IHÉS 8: 5–222. doi:10.1007/bf02699291.
- Grothendieck, Alexandre; Jean Dieudonné (1966). "Éléments de géométrie algébrique (rédigés avec la collaboration de Jean Dieudonné) : IV. Étude locale des schémas et des morphismes de schémas, Troisième partie". Publications Mathématiques de l'IHÉS 28: 5–255.