Model structures on the category of small double categories

Thomas M. Fiore, Simona Paoli, Dorette Pronk

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In this paper we obtain several model structures on DblCat, the category of small double categories. Our model structures have three sources. We first transfer across a categorificationnerve adjunction. Secondly, we view double categories as internal categories in Cat and take as our weak equivalences various internal equivalences defined via Grothendieck topologies. Thirdly, DblCat inherits a model structure as a category of algebras over a 2 -monad. Some of these model structures coincide and the different points of view give us further results about cofibrant replacements and cofibrant objects. As part of this program we give explicit descriptions for and discuss properties of free double categories, quotient double categories, colimits of double categories, horizontal nerve and horizontal categorification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1855-1959
Number of pages105
JournalAlgebraic and Geometric Topology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2008


  • 2-category
  • 2-monad
  • Categorification
  • Colimit
  • Double category
  • Fundamental category
  • Fundamental double category
  • Horizontal categorification
  • Internal category
  • Model structure
  • Transfer of model structure


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