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commutative ring spectrum

Context

Higher algebra

Stable Homotopy theory

Contents

Idea

An ordinary (commutative) ring is a (commutative) monoid or algebra object internal to the symmetric monoidal category Ab of abelian groups.

The role that Ab plays among ordinary categories is played by the stable (infinity,1)-category of spectra SpSp among (infinity,1)-categories.

A commutative ring spectrum, or E-infinity ring, is accordingly a commutative algebra in an (infinity,1)-category.

Definition

A commutative ring spectrum is a commutative algebra object in the symmetric monoidal (infinity,1)-category of spectra.

References

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Revised on October 27, 2011 20:23:27 by Urs Schreiber (131.174.189.40)