motives and dg-categories

Grothendieck envisaged a deep picture of a hypothetical category of pure and mixed motives of varieties which has partly been fullfilled so far. This entry gives only some pointers to approaches via dg-categories and their cousins, pretriangulated A A_\infty-categories.

Maxim Kontsevich embeds the search for motives of varieties into the search for motives of the dg or A A_\infty-enhancements of the derived categories of coherent sheaves on noncommutative varieties, what denotes in algebraic geometry working with a bit larger class of pretriangulated A A_\infty-categories. There are also dg-approaches to Voevodsky’s derived category of mixed motives.


  • online video of Maxim Kontsevich’s talk at the conference for 61st birthday of Deligne, at IAS Princeton.

  • M.V. Bondarko, Differential graded motives: weight complex, weight filtrations and spectral sequences for realizations; Voevodsky vs. Hanamura, arXiv:math.AG/0601713

  • A. Beilinson, V. Vologodsky, A DG guide to Voevodsky’s motives, arXiv:math.KT/0604004

  • Marc Levine, Smooth motives, Motives and Algebraic Cycles. A Celebration in Honour of Spencer J. Bloch, Fields Institute Communications., 2009, arXiv.

  • Maxim Kontsevich, Yan Soibelman, Stability structures, motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants and cluster transformations, arXiv:0811.2435

Revised on October 25, 2013 00:25:35 by Adeel Khan (