Chow-Witt groups and Grothendieck-Witt groups of regular schemes, by Jean Fasel and Vasudevan Srinivas

We show that the Chow-Witt groups can be defined using only the notion of Grothendieck-Witt groups of triangulated categories. As an application, we show that there is always a homomorphism from the top Chow-Witt group of a regular scheme to some Grothendieck-Witt group of this scheme. In dimension 3, we use this fact to prove that the vanishing of its Euler class is sufficient for a projective module of rank 3 with trivial determinant to have a free factor of rank one.


Jean Fasel <jean.fasel@math.ethz.ch>
Vasudevan Srinivas <srinivas@math.tifr.res.in>