## Categorical aspects of toric topology

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Panov_categoricalaspects,

author = {Taras E Panov and Nigel Ray},

title = {Categorical aspects of toric topology},

year = {}

}

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### Abstract

Abstract. We argue for the addition of category theory to the toolkit of toric topology, by surveying recent examples and applications. Our case is made in terms of toric spaces XK, such as moment-angle complexes ZK, quasitoric manifolds M, and Davis-Januszkiewicz spaces DJ(K). First we exhibit every XK as the homotopy colimit of a diagram of spaces over the small category cat(K), whose objects are the faces of a finite simplicial complex K and morphisms their inclusions. Then we study the corresponding cat(K)-diagrams in various algebraic Quillen model categories, and interpret their homotopy colimits as algebraic models for XK. Such models encode many standard algebraic invariants, and their existence is assured by the Quillen structure. We provide several illustrative calculations, often over the rationals, including proofs that quasitoric manifolds (and various generalisations) are rationally formal; that the rational Pontrjagin ring of the loop space ΩDJ(K) is isomorphic to the quadratic dual of the Stanley-Reisner algebra Q[K] for flag complexes K; and that DJ(K) is coformal precisely when K is flag. We conclude by describing algebraic models for the loop space ΩDJ(K) for any complex K, which mimic our previous description as a homotopy colimit of topological monoids. 1.