Descent along torsors
In mathematics, given a G-torsor X → Y and a stack F, the descent along torsors says there is a canonical equivalence between F(Y), the category of Y-points and F(X)G, the category of G-equivariant X-points. It is a basic example of descent, since it says the "equivariant data" (which is an additional data) allows one to "descend" from X to Y.
For example, one can take F to be the stack of quasi-coherent sheaves (in an appropriate topology). Then F(X)G consists of equivariant sheaves on X; thus, the descent in this case says that to give an equivariant sheaf on X is to give a sheaf on the quotient X/G.
- Vistoli, Theorem 4.46
- Angelo Vistoli, Notes on Grothendieck topologies, fibered categories and descent theory (Updated September 2, 2008)