- f: X → Y
is called radicial or universally injective, if, for every field K the induced map X(K) → Y(K) is injective. (EGA I, (3.5.4)) This is a generalization of the notion of a purely inseparable extension of fields (sometimes called a radicial extension, which should not be confused with a radical extension.)
It suffices to check this for K algebraically closed.
This is equivalent to the following condition: f is injective on the topological spaces and for every point x in X, the extension of the residue fields
- k(f(x)) ⊂ k(x)
is radicial, i.e. purely inseparable.
It is also equivalent to every base change of f being injective on the underlying topological spaces. (Thus the term universally injective.)
Radicial morphisms are stable under composition, products and base change. If gf is radicial, so is f.
- Grothendieck, Alexandre; Dieudonné, Jean (1960), "Éléments de géométrie algébrique (rédigés avec la collaboration de Jean Dieudonné) : I. Le langage des schémas", Publications Mathématiques de l'IHÉS, 4 (1): 5–228, ISSN 1618-1913, doi:10.1007/BF02684778, section I.3.5.
- Bourbaki, Nicolas (1988), Algebra, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-540-19373-9, see section V.5.