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Reference for free symmetric monoidal categories with duals on symmetric monoidal categories

The inclusion $U$ of the (2,1)-category of symmetric monoidal categories with duals into the (2,1)-category of symmetric monoidal categories admits a left 2-adjoint functor $L$ for formal reasons. In ...
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Tannaka without Yoneda?

I am studying enriched categories, and as I wrote in my previous question How is the morphism of composition in the enriched category of modules constructed?, this is very difficult because there are ...
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How is the morphism of composition in the enriched category of modules constructed?

I asked this a week ago at MSE, but without success. I am studying enriched categories and I have a feeling that I am doing something wrong because all the way each step, each elementary proposition, ...
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Taking the homology of a chain complex, seen as a symmetric monoidal functor

I've found, in quite some places online (e.g. it's the last example in the wikipedia page about monoidal functors), a statement similar to this: Homology can be seen as a symmetric, monoidal functor $...
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Day convolution for bimonoidal categories

Semiring categories, also called rig categories or bimonoidal categories, are pseudomonoids in the symmetric monoidal bicategory $(\mathsf{SymMonCats},\otimes_{\mathbb{F}},\mathbb{F})$¹. These are a ...
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Symmetric monoidal structure on categorical nerves

There are several notions of nerves, including nerves of categories, $2$-categories, and simplicial categories. These define functors \begin{align*} \mathrm{N} &\colon \mathrm{Cats}_{(2,1)} ...
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What is an invertible operad?

Let $\mathcal V$ be a nice symmetric monoidal ($\infty$-)category, and consider the ($\infty$-)category $Op(\mathcal V)$ of $\mathcal V$-enriched (symmetric) operads, symmetric monoidal under the ...
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Functors that preserve monoids

In the comments section of this question there was a question that I don't know if it has been asked on the site. It is well-known and easily proved that lax monoidal functors preserve monoids. So the ...
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Functors between module categories that comes from restriction

Suppose you have two $k$ algebras $A, B$ (say also finitely generated if this helps) and a functor $F: A-mod \to B-mod $ such that $| F(M) |= |M|$. Here $|U|$ denotes the underlying $k$ vector space. ...
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Braided monoidal category, example

Let $H$ be a cocommutative hopf algebra. Let $M$ be the category of $H$-bimodules. Does the category $M$ form a braided monoidal category with tensor product $\otimes_{H}$ ?
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Is every $\otimes$-invertible object "coherently sym-central"?

Let $\mathcal C$ be a symmetric monoidal $\infty$-category, and let $L \in \mathcal C$ be a $\otimes$-invertible object. Then the braiding $L \otimes L \to L \otimes L$ is simply multiplication by $\...
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Symmetric monoidal structure(s) on the $\infty$-category of dg-categories

Let $k$ be a commutative ring with $1$, and let $\mathsf{dgCat}_k$ be the category of $k$-linear dg-categories, as defined in [1, Section 2]. We may equip $\mathsf{dgCat}_k$ with the Morita model ...
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Frobenius algebras and traces of modules

$\newcommand{\Hom}{\mathscr{Hom}}$ Let $C$ be a cocomplete closed symmetric monoidal category, and the tensor product preserves colimits in each variable; Let $A$ be a commutative algebra in $C$, ...
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Formal completion of a quotient stack

$\newcommand{\Rep}{\operatorname{Rep}}$ $\newcommand{\mo}{\operatorname{-mod}}$ $\renewcommand{\hat}{\widehat}$ I apologize in advance if this is a naive question but my background in algebraic ...
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References about "monoidal fibrations" in $\infty$-category theory

$\newcommand{\cat}{\mathsf} \newcommand{\fun}{\mathrm{Fun}} \newcommand{\calg}{\mathrm{CAlg}}$ Let $\cat C^\otimes,\cat D^\otimes, \cat E^\otimes$ be symmetric monoidal $\infty$-categories, and $p^\...
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Tensor product of unit and co-unit in a closed compact category

Consider a compact closed category, i.e., a symmetric monoidal category with a unit $\eta$ and co-unit $\epsilon$. It seems natural to demand that the tensor product of two units (for different ...
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R-matrices and symmetric fusion categories

Given a $\mathbb{C}$-linear braided fusion category $\mathcal{C}$ containing a fusion rule of the form e.g. \begin{equation}X\otimes Y\cong A\oplus B \oplus C\end{equation} (where $A,B, C, X$ and $Y$ ...
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Automated rewriting of string diagrams in symmetric monoidal categories

Many algebraic structures, such as Frobenius algebras, or quasi-triangular Hopf algebras, can be formulated in an arbitrary symmetric monoidal category. They are given by a collection of morphisms, ...
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Oplax monoidal functors of $\infty$-categories

In Higher Algebra, a notion of lax symmetric monoidal functors (in what follows, I'll remove the adjective "symmetric", but I'm mainly interested in the symmetric situation) is defined : if you have ...
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Does Cantor Bernstein hold in a Closed Symmetric Monoidal Category?

In a closed symmetric monoidal category with $[I,X] \cong X$ for all $X$ is it true that having monomorphisms $m :A \rightarrow B$ and $m: B \rightarrow A$ is enough to imply $A \cong B$ ? I tried to ...
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Very basic question about category theory

I have a symmetric monoidal category, and go to another one by replacing objects with isomorphism classes of objects. What's that called in category theory language? To give an example, consider the ...
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The symmetric monoidal closed structure on the category of $\mathcal{F}$-cocomplete categories and $\mathcal{F}$-cocontinuous functors

In 6.5 of the book by Kelly, Basic concepts of enriched category theory. Reprints in Theory and Applications of Categories, No. 10, 2005. the author claims that the $2$-category $\mathsf{Cat}_{\...
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Mac Lane's proof of coherence for symmetric monoidal categories

This question only concerns the final part of the proof, so I assume that the symmetric monoidal category is a strict monoidal category $\mathsf{C}$ with the braiding $s$. Let $X_1,...,X_n$ be ...
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Deligne's internal characterisation of Tannakian categories - glueing of algebras

I am currently reading the proof of Deligne's internal characterization of Tannakian categories (Thm. 7.1) in Deligne: Catégories tannakiennes. My question is similar to this one. Given a ...
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A question about the Tannaka-Krein reconstruction of finite groups

In Chapter 15 Section 15.2.1 of Quantum Groups and Noncommutative Geometry, 2nd edition, the authors raised a question: can we reconstruct a finite group $G$ from its category of finite dimensional ...
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Krein's theorem in the Tannaka-Krein duality

In the Tannaka-Krein duality theory, the Krein theorem describes the conditions under which a given category $\varPi$ is a category of finite-dimensional representations of some compact group $G$: ...
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"Fundamental theorem for Hopf modules"

I am studying Hopf algebras in categories, and I hope, somebody could help me with the following. Joost Vercruysse in his paper Hopf algebras---Variant notions and reconstruction theorems writes (...
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Symmetric monoidal category with trivial switch morphisms

Is there a specific terminology for a symmetric monoidal category in which for any object $x$ the switch map $x\otimes x\to x\otimes x$ is the identity ? (Or alternatively the action of the symmetric ...
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Tannaka duality for closed monoidal categories

I asked this some time ago at mathstackexchange, and people there explained to me the mathematical part of what I was asking, but the question about references remains open. In my impression, people ...
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Trace in the category of propositional statements

By the result in this paper, there exists a categorification of the trace of a linear operator that generalizes to any endomorphism of a dualizable object in a symmetric monoidal category ($\textbf{...
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Can the effective topos be seen as symmetric monoidal?

In Example(s) of monoidal symmetric closed category with NNO without infinite coproducts? user Zhen Lin states the effective topos is locally cartesian closed. On nLab we have that locally ...
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Computing weak operadic colimits as colimits

I am trying to reduce the computation of weak operadic colimits to colimits. Let me introduct some notation. Let $q:C^{\otimes} \to N(Fin_*)$ be a symmetric monoidal category. Let $p: K \to C^{\...
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Symmetric monoidal structure on algebras

I stuck at a relatively simple thing of formalization in infinity setting. I use here the formalism of quasi categories, i.e. simplicial sets with inner horn fillings. Suppose $O^{\otimes}$ is an ...
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Inequivalent compact closed symmetric monoidal structures on the same category

I am looking for interesting examples of categories admitting multiple monoidally inequivalent closed (or compact closed) symmetric monoidal structures. We know how to construct disconnected toy ...
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Is every symmetric monoidal combinatorial model category symmetric monoidally Quillen equivalent to a simplicial such?

Is every symmetric monoidal combinatorial model category symmetric monoidally Quillen equivalent (by a zig-zag of symmetric monoidal Quillen equivalences) to a symmetric monoidal combinatorial ...
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Status of Thomason's idea for a symmetric monoidal model of stable homotopy - from his last paper

In 1995, Robert Thomason published “Symmetric monoidal categories model all connective spectra” in TAC. On page 2, he argues that symmetric monoidal categories are more convenient than “May’s ...
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Derived tensor products and Tor of commutative monoids

Two commutative monoids $M,N$ have a tensor product $M\otimes N$ satisfying the universal property that there is a tensor-Hom adjunction for any other commutative monoid $L$: $$\text{Hom}(M\otimes N,L)...
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If a $\otimes$-idempotent object has a dual, must it be self-dual?

Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category. Recall that a dual for $X \in C$ is an object $X^\vee$ and maps $\eta: I \to X \otimes X^\vee$ and $\varepsilon: X^\vee \otimes X \to I$ (where $I$ is the ...
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Monoidal tensor product which preserves directed limits

Given a symmetric monoidal category $Q$, is there a construction of a (preferably full and faithful strong) monoidal embedding of $Q$ into some symmetric monoidal closed category $M$ which has all ...
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What are the advantages of various "models" for the motivic stable homotopy category

People use several distinct models for the motivic stable homotopy category (so, there are some choices for the underlying category and a collection of available model structures). I would like to ask ...
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Representation categories and homology

Let $G$ be a finite group. Let $\mathcal{C}=Rep-G$ be the rigid $\mathbb{C}$-linear symmetric monoidal category of finite dimensional complex representations of $G$. Can we recover some homological ...
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Free commutative monoid monad

Has the monad induced by the free commutative monoid functor already been studied anywhere? Does it have any particular properties (other than not being cartesian)? I would prefer a reference on ...
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Left adjoint for categories of commutative monoids?

The $n$Lab writes (prop. 2.2 in https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/category+of+monoids) : Let $C$ be a monoidal category with countable coproducts that are preserved by the tensor product. Then the ...
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How nontrivial can "central extensions of ribbon fusion categories" be?

In a sense, this is a follow up on this question, but one PhD programme later. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be ribbon fusion. By $\mathcal{C}'$, we denote the symmetric centre, i.e. the full subcategory of ...
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Temporal semantics for string diagrams

Suppose I have a string diagram $D$ which involves a set of strings $S$ and atomic processes $A$. Formally, we should think of this as a canonically chosen map in the free symmetric monoidal category (...
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Branching behavior in string diagrams/monoidal categories?

I am currently working through Peter Selinger's paper "Towards a Quantum Programming Language", and trying to connect it with what I already know about monoidal categories and string diagrams. ...
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Chevalley property for Tannakian categories

Are all Tannakian categories have the Chevalley property? I know that the categories $\mathrm{Rep}_k(G)$ have the Chevalley property for affine algebraic groups $G$ over a field $k$, but I don't know ...
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Deligne tensor product of semisimple tensor categories

Let $T_1, T_2$ be two semisimple tensor categories over a field $k$ (i.e. symmetric rigid monoidal abelian $k$-linear). Then is the Deligne product, $T_1\otimes T_2$ also a $k$-tensor category? ...
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Exponentiation of vector spaces?

This question occurred to me while thinking on another one here, Name for an operation on matrices? Can one define in an invariant way a binary operation on finite-dimensional vector spaces - let us ...
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The category of elements, enrichment, and weighted limits

This is a crosspost of this MSE question. 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 ...
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