tensor category


Monoidal categories

Category theory



A tensor category is a category equipped with an operation similar to the tensor product in Ab.

The precise definition associated with the term “tensor category” varies somewhat in the literatur.

It may mean: * any monoidal category, * specifically a symmetric monoidal category (and then a quasitensor category is a braided monoidal category), * an additive (symmetric) monoidal category, * an Ab-enriched or Vect-enriched (symmetric) monoidal category.


  • Pavel Etingof, Shlomo Gelaki, Dmitri Nikshych, Victor Ostrik, Topics in Lie theory and Tensor categories – 9 Tensor categories, Lecture notes (spring 2009) (pdf web)

Discussion with an eye towards superalgebra is in

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