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The structure of the category of strickt n-categories

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Dimitri Ara
Aix-Marseille Université
Mon, 2017-02-13 14:00 - 15:00
MPIM Lecture Hall

The category n-Cat of strict n-categories and strict n-functors is endowed with
a rich structure that is only partially understood. First, it is endowed with a tensor
product, generalizing Gray's tensor product of 2-categories, first defined by Al-Alg
and Steiner in the early 90's. This implies that n-Cat, endowed with lax transformations
and higher lax transformations, form an n-Gray-category in some appropriate sense.
Second, it is endowed with a join construction, generalizing the join construction of
categories and compatible with the one of simplicial sets, defined recently by myself
and Georges Maltsiniotis. This join is related by adjunctions to slices. The interaction
between the tensor product and the join is described by conjectures. These conjectures
are still open but a small part of them that we managed to prove easily implies a Quillen's
Theorem A for strict n-categories, which was the original motivation for the introduction
of the join.

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