In mathematics, a monoidal category (or tensor category) is a category C equipped with a bifunctor ⊗ : C × C → C which is associative up to a natural isomorphism, and an object I which is both a left and right identity for ⊗, again up to a natural isomorphism. (Def: ...

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Tensor products and morphisms

Let $C$ be semisimple category with simple objects $X_1, \dots, X_r$. Suppose we have a fusion relation $X_i\otimes X_j =\bigoplus_{l=1}^r N_{ij}^l X_l$. Let $m\in \mathbb{N}$ and let $g:mX_j \to ...
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Universality of the Simplex Category. Proving Functoriality of the Map.

Let $B$ be a strict monoidal category, and $\left \langle c,\mu ',\eta ' \right \rangle$ a monoid in $B$. Now suppose we consider the simplex category $\left \langle \triangle ,+,0 \right \rangle$, ...
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Showing $\lambda_1=\rho_1$ in monoidal category

For a monoidal category $\mathcal{C}$ with $\alpha_{a,b,c}: a \otimes (b \otimes c) \rightarrow (a \otimes b) \otimes c$, $\rho_a : a \otimes 1 \rightarrow a$, and $\lambda_a: 1 \otimes a ...
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Tannaka reconstruction: reference request

What is a classical and perhaps even original reference for the following result, often called Tannaka reconstruction? Let $G$ be a group and $R$ be a commutative ring in which $0,1$ are the only ...
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When a monoidal category is equivalent to its center

The notion of the center of a monoidal category categorifies that of the center of a monoid. Similarly, the notion of a braided monoidal category is a categorification of that of a commutative monoid. ...
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algebra of endomorphisms of a functor

Let $C$ be a finite $k$-linear abelian category. Let $F:C \to \mathrm{Vec}$ be exact faithful functor to the category of (finite dimensional (need?)) vector spaces. Let ...
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Mac Lane‘s proof of coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories.

In [CWM, Ch. XI, §1], Mac Lane prove the coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories by assuming the strictness. Thus we have a $n-$ary tensor functor $T$, and the theorem states that any two ...
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All Ideals are Radical in Rigid Categories

I am reading Balmer's paper "Spectra, Spectra, Spectra" regarding the spectrum of tensor-triangulated categories. I think I am missing something obvious when he states that all ideals are radical as ...
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References about “algebras over monoids”

Please, could someone point me any reference (with a bit of details) about "algebras over monoids" (in the sense of Schwede & Shipley, Algebras and modules in monoidal model categories)? Thank you ...
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Semirings induced by symmetric monoidal categories with finite coproducts

A symmetric monoidal category with finite coproducts is by definition a symmetric monoidal category $(\mathcal{C},\otimes,1,\dotsc)$ such that the underlying category $\mathcal{C}$ has finite ...
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How to name these “ideals”?

Background. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a symmetric monoidal category with unit $\mathbf{1}$. A subobject of $\mathbf{1}$ is just a monomorphism $I \to \mathbf{1}$. We may also call this an ideal of ...
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What categorical property do these forgetful functors have in common?

Consider the following examples: The forgetful functor $U_1: \operatorname{Vect}_\mathbb{C} \to \operatorname{Vect}_\mathbb{R}$ The forgetful functor $U_2: \operatorname{Diff}^{\text{or}} \to ...
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Mnemonic device for relationships between Hom and Tensor

Probably this is a stupid question, but nevertheless... Let $A$, $B$, $C$ and $D$ be rings, and $M$, $N$ and $K$ be appropriate bimodules between them. There are extremely well-known canonical ...
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Tensor of tensored categories

Given two $V$-categories $C$ and $D$ tensored over a symmetric monoidal category $V$, could I form the "tensor" of $C$ and $D$? More precisely, is there a $V$-category $T(C,D)$ such that $V$-functors ...
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Generalization of analytic functors

A functor $F\colon \bf Sets\to Sets$ is said to be analytic if it results from the left Kan extension of a functor $f\colon \mathbf{Bij}(\mathbb N)\to \bf Sets$ (the "species" of the functors $F$) ...
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What natural monoidal structure and braiding exists on the category of modules of the convolution algebra of an action groupoid?

Let $S$ be a set with an action $\triangleright$ of a finite group $G$. The action groupoid $S // G$ has as objects the set $S$, and the morphisms from $s_1$ to $s_2$ are just the $g \in G$ that ...
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Mac Lane's Coherence Theorem: Why not just use the functors themselves?

I have a softball question on Mac Lane's proof. Suppose $B=\left ( B, \square , \alpha ,\rho ,\lambda \right )$ is a monoidal category. Fix $b\in B$. Define $W$, the (monoidal) category of binary ...
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What's the difference between a cartesian monoidal category and a semicartesian monoidal category?

According to ncatlab: In a semicartesian monoidal category, any tensor product of objects $x \otimes y$ comes equipped with morphisms $$ p_x : x \otimes y \to x $$ $$ p_y : x \otimes y \to ...
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Logic in closed symmetric monoidal categories; reference request.

Suppose we want an algebraic theory $T$ to be interpretable in any closed symmetric monoidal category $\mathbf{C}.$ I am thinking in particular of the case where $\mathbf{C}$ is the category of models ...
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Characterization of certain maps in $Hom(A \otimes A^{*}, A \otimes A^{*})$

Let $(M, \otimes, I)$ be a symmetric monoidal category and let $(A, B, \eta, \epsilon)$ be a dual pair in $M$. Consider maps $i_{A}: Hom(A, A) \rightarrow Hom(A \otimes B, A \otimes B)$, $i_{B}: ...
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Cartesian monoidal functors

Let $\mathcal{C}$ and $\mathcal{D}$ be categories with finite products, and consider them as monoidal categories in the obvious way. Every functor $\mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{D}$ can be canonically ...
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What are coquantales?

A quantale can be defined as a monoid in the monoidal category $\mathbf{Sup}$ of complete join semilattices, equipped with tensor product. What are examples of non-diagonal comonoids in ...
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Natural transformation defined by one element

Let $C$ be a self-enriched category, a CCC, and $F : C \to C$ an endofunctor with strength, that is, $F$ comes with a natural transformation $$st_{A,B} : A \times F B \to F (A \times B)$$ such that ...
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What is a morphism of Tannakian categories?

In this question, a Tannakian category over $k$ is a $k$-linear rigid symmetric monoidal tensor category, with the property that it has a fibre functor to $\mathbf{Vect}_\ell$ for some field extension ...
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Connecting physical tensors to mathematical tensors

I feel like I (maybe) understand the mathematical /algebraic perspective on tensors, for example as described in Wikipedia/Monoidal Category. You need a (simultaneously left & right) unit and an ...
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The category of elements, enrichment, and weighted limits

Every so often, when reading notes online or skimming through books, the category of elements and the Grothendieck construction pop up. I don't know anything about the Grothendieck construction, and I ...
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How to compute (co)limits of enriched categories?

Let $\mathscr{V}$ be a monoidal category. Let $\mathbf{Cat}_{\mathscr{V}}$ be the category of (small) categories. I would like to know how to compute (co)limits in $\mathbf{Cat}_{\mathscr{V}}$. This ...
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Representation of functions in the simplex category

I am using the following characterization of the simplex category $\Delta$: The objects are finite ordinals and the arrows are weakly monotone functions $f:n\rightarrow m$. $0$ is initial and $1$ is ...
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Reference for closed categories and monoidal categories

I'm looking for a book that: Defines closed categories separately from monoidal categories, and then proves in detail that the structure induced by a left adjoint to the internal hom is closed ...
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Every monoidal category is strictly equivalent to a strict monoidal category.

I am reading Joyal and Street's article "braided tensor categories". The following theorem is proved (Theorem 1.2). Let $ C $ be a category. Let $FC$ and $F_sC$ be respectively the free monoidal ...
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Thompson's group F and monoidal categories

Fiore and Leinster have proved that if $\mathcal{A}$ is a free monoidal category generated by one object $A$ such that there exists an isomorphism $\alpha: A \otimes A \to A$, then for every object $X ...
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Composition of Dual Maps in (rigid) Monoidal Categories

If $X, Y$ are objects in monoidal category $\mathcal{C}$ which have left duals $X^∗, Y^∗$ and $f : X → Y $ is a morphism in $\mathcal{C}$, then the left dual map $f^∗ : Y^∗ → X^∗$ of $f$ is given by: ...
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Conjecture concerning involutions in a unitary braided fusion category/Grothendieck ring

Despite the categorical setup, a solution to this question may require no categorical tools (see Conjecture 2). Let $\mathcal C$ be a unitary braided fusion category, $I$ be its set of isomorphism ...
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Taking the quotient of a free monoidal category modulo a relation

I have recently been advised, in a particular example which is described below, that taking quotients of a category can be complicated, but I don't see where exactly lies the difficulty. More ...
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Symmetries and internal hom in monoidal categories

I need some help in trying to define an object. Suppose we have a biclosed monoidal category (possibly non-symmetric) and two natural isomorphisms: $B \otimes - \simeq - \otimes B, \ \ C \otimes - ...
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Coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories

What's the formal statement for the coherence theorem for symmetric monoidal categories? I've seen there's some notion of permutation around, but I can't get my head around the thing that "all ...
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Recovering Ordered Monoid Operation from the Order

I have a partially ordered set $(X, \preceq)$ with the following properties: $X$ has a minimum. I'll name it $1$. For every $x \in X$, the principal filter ${\uparrow} x$ is order isomorphic to $X$. ...
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On the definition of algebra .

Let $\mathscr{C}$ a monoidal category with monoidal product $A\circ B$. Is defined the bicategory of bimodules $Mod(\mathscr{C})$ on $\mathscr{C}$ (see [Gray] p. 46). Its objects are ...
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Do we need braiding to define a monoid structure on product of monoids?

Let $(\mathcal{C}, \otimes, I)$ be a monoidal, symmetric category. It is well-known that in this case, if $M_{1}, M_{2}$ are monoids, there is a natural monoid structure on $M_{1} \otimes M_{1}$. The ...
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Left-modules over a bialgebra form a monoidal category

Let $B = (B, \nabla, \eta, \Delta, \epsilon )$ be a bialgebra over a commutative ring $k$. Let $M$ and $N$ be two left $B$-modules. Then the tensor product $M \otimes_k N$ becomes a left $B$-module ...
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Modular tensor category and the pivotal or shperical condition

I have two related questions: 1) Is a modular tensor category always pivotal? 2) Is a modular tensor category always spherical?
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When is the tensor unit a generator?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category with the tensor unit $I$. Then there is a "forgetful" functor from it to $Sets$: \begin{equation} \mathrm{Hom}(I,-). \end{equation} But in general, this ...
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Tortile Yang-Baxter operators and Tortile Monoidal Categories

I am trying to understand Proposition 1 of the paper "Tortile Yang-Baxter operators in tensor categories" (By André Joyal & Ross Street), but I did not understand the second line of the proof. In ...
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A monoidal functor of rigid monoidal categories is an isomorphism

Let $C$ and $D$ be rigid monoidal categories and let $F_1, F_2: C\to D$ be monoidal functors. Then I want to show that if $\eta: F_1 \to F_2$ is a natural transformation, then $\eta$ is an ...
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Is the category of H-bicomodules within the monoidal category of H-bimodules equivalent to the category of left H-comodules

Fix $\mathbb{k}$ a field. Let $H$ be a $\mathbb{k}$-quasi-bialgebra. Is there an equivalence $ {}_H^H \mathcal{M}_H^H \cong {}^H \mathcal{M}$ where ${}_H^H \mathcal{M}_H^H$ is the category of ...
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Categorical terminology

For any monoidal category $(\mathscr{C},\otimes,I)$ with objects $A,B,...$: Does the monoidal product $\otimes$ always have the property: $A \otimes A \rightarrow A, B \otimes B \rightarrow B,...$ ? ...
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Name (reference?) for lax monoidal functors that are 'full, or surjective, on monoids'?

A lax monoidal functor $F$ takes monoids to monoids. Is there a name for a lax monoidal functor that is 'full' or surjective with respect to this property? In other words, the functor $F : \mathcal{C} ...
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In a closed monoidal category, is $[-,-]$ always a bifunctor?

We say a monoidal category $\mathcal V=(\mathcal V_0,\otimes,I,a,l,r)$ is closed if the endofunctor $-⊗Y$ has a right adjoint $[Y,-]$, called the exponential, for every $Y$. The object $[Y,Z]$ for ...
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Tensor structure on the category of algebras for a strong monad

Proposition 1.4 in "Monads on tensor categories" by I. Moerdijk says: "If $S$ is a Hopf monad on a tensor category $\mathcal{C}$, then the category of $S$-algebras is again a tensor category." ...
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Nonsymmetric monoidal product on $[\mathbb N,\mathbf{Sets}]$

Let $\mathbf P$ be the category with objects the natural numbers and $\hom(m,n)=Sym(n)$ if $n=m$, and the empty set otherwise. It is symmetric monoidal wrt the sum of natural numbers, and has $0$ as a ...