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A tensor triangulated category is a category that carries the structure of a symmetric monoidal category and of a triangulated category in a compatible way.
There are different variants of the definition in the literature, asking for successively more structure.
To start with, a tensor triangulated category must be at least a category $Ho$ equipped with
the structure of a symmetric monoidal category $(Ho, \otimes, 1, \tau)$ (“tensor category”);
the structure of a triangulated category $(Ho, \Sigma, CofSeq)$
for all objects $X,Y\in Ho$ natural isomorphisms
such that
(tensor product is additive) for each object $V$ the functor $V \otimes (-) \simeq (-) \otimes V$ is an additive functor;
(tensor product is exact) for each object $V \in Ho$ the functor $V \otimes (-) \simeq (-)\otimes V$ preserves distinguished triangles in that for
in $CofSeq$, then also
in $CofSeq$, where the equivalence at the end is $e_{X,V}\circ \tau_{V, \Sigma X}$.
Jointly this says that the isomorphisms $e$ give $V \otimes (-)$ the structure of a triangulated functor, for all $V$.
In addition one may ask that
(coherence) for all $X, Y, Z \in Ho$ the following diagram commutes
is in $CofSeq$, where $\alpha$ is the associator of $(Ho, \otimes, 1)$.
(graded commutativity) for all $n_1, n_2 \in \mathbb{Z}$ the following diagram commutes
where the horizontal isomorphisms are composites of the $e_{\cdot,\cdot}$ and the braidings.
This is (Hovey-Palmieri-Strickland 97, def. A.2.1) except for statements concerning possible further closed monoidal category structure. There this is called “symmetric monoidal structure compatible with the triangulation”.
Finally, one can ask for the existence of additional compatibility commutative diagrams, for instance representing a “derived shadow” of the pushout product axiom of a monoidal model category. These can be found as (TC3), (TC4), and (TC5) in (May).
Mark Hovey, John Palmieri, Neil Strickland, Axiomatic stable homotopy theory, Memoirs of the AMS 610 (1997) (pdf, doi:10.1090/memo/0610)
Paul Balmer, The spectrum of prime ideals in tensor triangulated categories, J. Reine Angew. Math., 588:149–168, 2005 (arXiv:0409360, doi:10.1515/crll.2005.2005.588.149)
Peter May, The Additivity of Traces in Triangulated Categories, Advances in Mathematics, Volume 163, Issue 1, 2001, Pages 34-73 (doi:10.1006/aima.2001.1995)
Review:
Greg Stevenson, Tensor actions and locally complete intersection PhD thesis 2011 (pdf)
Paul Balmer, A guide to tensor-triangular classification, in: Haynes Miller (ed.) Handbook of Homotopy Theory (arXiv:1912.08963)
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