Reduction of triangulated categories and Maximal Modification Algebras for cA_n singularities

Osamu Iyama, Michael Wemyss

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In this paper we define and study triangulated categories in which the Hom-spaces have Krull dimension at most one over some base ring (hence they have a natural 2-step filtration), and each factor of the filtration satisfies some Calabi–Yau type property. If C is such a category, we say that C is Calabi–Yau with dimC 1. We extend the notion of Calabi–Yau reduction to this setting, and prove general results which are an analogue of known results in cluster theory.
Such categories appear naturally in the setting of Gorenstein singularities in di-
mension three as the stable categories CMR of Cohen–Macaulay modules. We explain the connection between Calabi–Yau reduction of CMR and both partial crepant resolutions and Q-factorial terminalizations of SpecR, and we show under quite general assumptions that Calabi–Yau reductions exist.
In the remainder of the paper we focus on complete local cAn singularities R. By
using a purely algebraic argument based on Calabi–Yau reduction of CMR, we give a complete classification of maximal modifying modules in terms of the symmetric group, generalizing and strengthening results in [BIKR] and [DH], where we do not need any restriction on the ground field. We also describe the mutation of modifying modules at an arbitrary (not necessarily indecomposable) direct summand. As a corollary when k = C we obtain many autoequivalences of the derived category of the Q-factorial terminalizations of SpecR.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-202
JournalJournal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik
Early online date17 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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