Verdier quotients of stable quasi-categories are localizations

Research paper by Brad Drew

Indexed on: 25 Nov '15Published on: 25 Nov '15Published in: Mathematics - Category Theory


The Verdier quotient $\mathcal{T}/\mathcal{S}$ of a triangulated category $\mathcal{T}$ by a triangulated subcategory $\mathcal{S}$ is defined by a universal property with respect to triangulated functors out of $\mathcal{T}$. However, $\mathcal{T}/\mathcal{S}$ is in fact a localization of $\mathcal{T}$, i.e., it is obtained from $\mathcal{T}$ by formally inverting a class of morphisms. We establish the analogous result for small stable quasi-categories. As an application, we explore the compatibility of Verdier quotients with symmetric monoidal structures. In particular, we record a few useful elementary results on the quasi-categories associated with symmetric monoidal differential graded categories and derived categories of symmetric monoidal Abelian categories for which we were unable to locate proofs in the literature.