Categorical matrix factorizations

11 October 2016
Petter Bergh

We define categorical matrix factorizations in a suspended additive category, 
with respect to a central element. Such a factorization is a sequence of maps 
which is two-periodic up to suspension, and whose composition equals the 
corresponding coordinate map of the central element. When the category in 
question is that of free modules over a commutative ring, together with the 
identity suspension, then these factorizations are just the classical matrix 
factorizations. We show that the homotopy category of categorical matrix 
factorizations is triangulated, and discuss some possible future directions. 
This is joint work with Dave Jorgensen.