## Colimits, Stanley-Reisner Algebras, and Loop Spaces (2003)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Panov03colimits,stanley-reisner,

author = {Taras Panov and Nigel Ray and Rainer Vogt},

title = {Colimits, Stanley-Reisner Algebras, and Loop Spaces},

year = {2003}

}

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### Abstract

We study diagrams associated with a finite simplicial complex K, in various algebraic and topological categories. We relate their colimits to familiar structures in algebra, combinatorics, geometry and topology. These include: right-angled Artin and Coxeter groups (and their complex analogues, which we call circulation groups); Stanley-Reisner algebras and coalgebras; Davis and Januszkiewicz’s spaces DJ(K) associated with toric manifolds and their generalisations; and coordinate subspace arrangements. When K is a flag complex, we extend well-known results on Artin and Coxeter groups by confirming that the relevant circulation group is homotopy equivalent to the space of loops ΩDJ(K). We define homotopy colimits for diagrams of topological monoids and topological groups, and show they commute with the formation of classifying spaces in a suitably generalised sense. We deduce that the homotopy colimit of the appropriate diagram of topological groups is a model for ΩDJ(K) for an arbitrary complex K, and that the natural projection onto the original colimit is a homotopy equivalence when K is flag. In this case, the two models are compatible.