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The notion of -action is the notion of action (module/representation) in homotopy theory/(∞,1)-category theory, from algebra to higher algebra.
Notably a monoid object in an (∞,1)-category may act on another object by a morphism which satisfies an action property up to coherent higher homotopy.
If the -action is suitably linear in some sense, this is also referred to as ∞-representation.
We discuss the actions of ∞-groups in an (∞,1)-topos. (For groupoid ∞-actions see there.)
Let be an (∞,1)-topos.
Let be an group object in an (∞,1)-category in , hence a homotopy-simplicial object on of the form
satisfying the groupoidal Segal conditions.
hence an ∞-group.
An action (or -action, for emphasis) of on an object is a groupoid object in an (∞,1)-category which is equivalent to one of the form
such that the projection maps
constitute a morphism of groupoid objects .
The (∞,1)-category of such actions is the slice of groupoid objects over on these objects.
There is an equivalent formulation which does not invoke the notion of groupoid object in an (∞,1)-category explicitly. This is based on the fundamental fact, discussed at ∞-group, that delooping constitutes an equivalence of (∞,1)-categories
form group objects in an (∞,1)-category to the (∞,1)-category of connected pointed objects in .
Every -action has a classifying morphism in that there is a fiber sequence
such that is the -action on regarded as the corresponding -principal ∞-bundle modulated by .
This allows to characterize -actions in the following convenient way. See (NSS) for a detailed discussion.
For an object, a --action on is a fiber sequence in of the form
The (∞,1)-category of -actions in is the slice (∞,1)-topos of over :
Notions in higher representation theory
We discuss some basic representation theoretic notions of -actions.
In summary, for an action of on , we have
And for two actions we have
From def. 2 we read off:
The quotient of a -action
is the dependent sum
We describe here aspects of the cartesian product and internal hom of -actions given this way. The following statements are essentially immediate consequences of basic homotopy type theory.
For their cartesian product is a -action on the product of with in .
be the principal ∞-bundles exhibiting the two actions.
Along the lines of the discussion at locally cartesian closed category we find that is given in by the (∞,1)-pullback
in , with the product action being exhibited by the principal ∞-bundle
Here the homotopy fiber on the left is identified as by using that (∞,1)-limits commute over each other.
For their internal hom is a -action on the internal hom .
is the inverse image of an etale geometric morphism, hence is a cartesian closed functor (see the Examples there for details). Therefore it preserves exponential objects:
Internal object of homomorphisms
For two -actions, the object of homomorphisms is
In the syntax of homotopy type theory
See at stabilizer subgroup.
Of -group actions in an -topos
Let be an (∞,1)-topos and let be an ∞-group in .
The following lists some fundamental classes of examples of -actions of , and of other canonical -groups. By the discussion above these actions may be given by the classifying morphisms.
Consider the étale geometric morphism
For any object, the trivial action of on is , exhibited by the split fiber sequence
The right -action of on itself is given by the fiber sequence
which exhibits as the delooping of .
The fiber sequence
given by the free loop space object exhibits the higher adjoint action of on itself:
For any object, there is a canonical action of the internal automorphism infinity-group :
We discuss the simple case of the cartesian closed category of -sets (G-permutation representations) for an ordinary discrete group as a simple illustration of the internal hom of -actions, prop. 3.
This example spells out everything completely in components:
Let ∞Grpd, let be an ordinary discrete group and let be sets equipped with -action (permutation representations).
In this case is simply the set of functions of sets. Its -action as the internal hom of -actions given, for every and , by
(where we write generically for the given action on the set specified implicitly by the type of the argument).
Hence a morphism of -actions
is a function of the underlying sets such that for all , and all we have
On the other hand, a morphism of actions
is a function of the underlying sets, such that for all these terms we have
which is equivalent to
Comparison of (1) and (2) shows that the identification
establishes a natural equivalence (a natural bijection of sets in this case)
showing how is indeed the internal hom of -actions.
Let be a moduli infinity-stack for field in a gauge theory or sigma-model. Let be the corresponding spacetime or worldvolume, respectively.
We have the automorphism action, def. 7
The slice is the context of types which are generally covariant over .
On consider the trivial -action, def. 6. Then the internal-hom action of prop. 3
is the configuration space of fields on modulo automorphisms (diffeomorphisms, in smooth cohesion) of . This is the configuration space of “generally covariant” field theory on .
Semidirect product groups
Let be 0-truncated group objects and let be an action of on by group homomorphisms. This is equivalently an action of on , hence a fiber sequence
The corresponding action groupoid is the delooping of the corresponding semidirect product group.
For the -category of -modules is
the stabilization of the -category of -actions.
For and 0-truncated groups, an abelian group with -module structure, the semidirect product group from above exhibits as a -module in the sense of def. 8.
Actions of A-∞ algebras in some symmetric monoidal (∞,1)-category are discussed in section 4.2 of
Aspects of actions of ∞-groups in an ∞-topos in the contect of associated ∞-bundles are discussed in section I 4.1 of
For discrete geometry
For the statement that homotopy types over are equivalently -infinity-actions is maybe due to
- E. Dror, William Dwyer, and Daniel Kan, Equivariant maps which are self homotopy equivalences, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 80 (1980), no. 4, 670–672 (JSTOR)
This is mentioned for instance as exercise 4.2in
- William Dwyer, Homotopy theory of classifying spaces, Lecture notes Copenhagen (June, 2008) pdf
Closely related discussion of homotopy fiber sequences and homotopy action but in terms of Segal spaces is in section 5 of
There, conditions are given for a morphism to a reduced Segal space to have a fixed homotopy fiber, and hence encode an action of the loop group of on that fiber.