Notes on Bimonads and Hopf Monads

Bachuki Mesablishvili and Robert Wisbauer

For a generalisation of the classical theory of Hopf algebra over fields, A. Bruguièeres and A. Virelizier study opmonoidal monads on monoidal categories (which they called bimonads,). In a recent joint paper with S. Lack the same authors define the notion of a pre-Hopf monad by requiring only a special form of the fusion operator to be invertible. In previous papers it was observed by the present authors that bimonads yield a special case of an entwining of a pair of functors (on arbitrary categories). The purpose of this note is to show that in this setting the pre-Hopf monads are a special case of Galois entwinings. As a byproduct some new properties are detected which make a (general) bimonad on a Cauchy complete category to a Hopf monad. In the final section applications to cartesian monoidal categories are considered.

Keywords: Opmonoidal functors, bimonads, Hopf monads, Galois entwinings

2000 MSC: 18A40, 16T15, 18C20

Theory and Applications of Categories, Vol. 26, 2012, No. 10, pp 281-303.

Published 2012-06-05.

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