Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Constructing equivariant spectra via categorical Mackey functors

Anna Marie Bohmann and Angélica Osorno

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We give a functorial construction of equivariant spectra from a generalized version of Mackey functors in categories. This construction relies on the recent description of the category of equivariant spectra due to Guillou and May. The key element of our construction is a spectrally enriched functor from a spectrally enriched version of permutative categories to the category of spectra that is built using an appropriate version of K–theory. As applications of our general construction, we produce a new functorial construction of equivariant Eilenberg–Mac Lane spectra for Mackey functors and for suspension spectra for finite G–sets.

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Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 15, Number 1 (2015), 537-563.

Received: 16 June 2014
Revised: 4 August 2014
Accepted: 9 August 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 16 November 2017

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Primary: 55P42: Stable homotopy theory, spectra 55P91: Equivariant homotopy theory [See also 19L47]
Secondary: 18D20: Enriched categories (over closed or monoidal categories)

equivariant stable homotopy theory equivariant spectra Mackey functors permutative categories


Bohmann, Anna Marie; Osorno, Angélica. Constructing equivariant spectra via categorical Mackey functors. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 15 (2015), no. 1, 537--563. doi:10.2140/agt.2015.15.537.

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