Prisms and prismatic cohomology


We introduce the notion of a prism, which may be regarded as a “deperfection” of the notion of a perfectoid ring. Using prisms, we attach a ringed site — the prismatic site — to a $p$-adic formal scheme. The resulting cohomology theory specializes to (and often refines) most known integral $p$-adic cohomology theories.

As applications, we prove an improved version of the almost purity theorem allowing ramification along arbitrary closed subsets (without using adic spaces), give a co-ordinate free description of $q$-de Rham cohomology as conjectured by the second author, and settle a vanishing conjecture for the $p$-adic Tate twists $\mathbf{Z}_p(n)$ introduced in our previous joint work with Morrow.


Bhargav Bhatt

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Peter Scholze

Max-Planck-Instit für Mathematik, Bonn, Germany