nLab
pivotal category
Context
Monoidal categories
monoidal categories

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With duals for objects
With duals for morphisms
With traces
Closed structure
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Semisimplicity
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Internal monoids
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In higher category theory
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Definition
A pivotal category is an autonomous category equipped with a monoidal natural isomorphism $A \to (A^*)^*$ . Pivotal categories have also been called “sovereign categories.” This is a kind of category with duals .

A right autonomous category with such an isomorphism is automatically left autonomous too, so the right/left distinction does not apply to pivotal categories.

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