# nLab convolution algebra

### Context

#### Algebra

higher algebra

universal algebra

# Contents

## Idea

There are many related constructions of algebras, topological algebras and so on which bear the name of a convolution algebra.

The basic mechanism is usually the

The probably most widespread example of this is the

This is a special case of the

### Of maps from a coalgebra to an algebra

Let $k$ be a commutative unital ring, $(C,\Delta)$ a (counital) $k$-coalgebra and $(A,m)$ an associative (unital) $k$-algebra. Then the set of linear maps

$\mathrm{Hom}_k(C,A)$

has a structure of an associative (unital) algebra, called convolution algebra, in which the product of two linear maps $f,g$ is given by

$f\star g = m\circ(f\otimes g)\circ\Delta.$

### Of a group

Given a finite group $G$ and a ring $R$, the space of functions $C(G,R)$ inherits the convolution product defined by

$f_1 \star f_2 \colon g \mapsto \sum_{g_1 \cdot g_2 = g} f_1(g_1) \cdot f_2(g_2) \,.$

This is the non-commutative product operation that appears in the Hopf algebra structure on $C(G,R)$.

### Of a groupoid/category

More generally, there is convolution of functions on morphisms of a groupoid. See at groupoid convolution algebra for details.

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