A graphical category for higher modular operads
Philip Hackney, Marcy Robertson, Donald Yau
ADVANCES IN MATHEMATICS | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2020
We present a homotopy theory for a weak version of modular operads whose compositions and contractions are only defined up to homotopy. This homotopy theory takes the form of a Quillen model structure on the collection of simplicial presheaves for a certain category of undirected graphs. This new category of undirected graphs, denoted U, plays a similar role for modular operads that the dendroidal category Ω plays for operads. We carefully study properties of U, including the existence of certain factorization systems. Related structures, such as cyclic operads and stable modular operads, can be similarly treated using categories derived from U.
Awarded by Australian Research Council
The first author acknowledges the support of Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant DP160101519.