## Abstract

We introduce the concept of a dendroidal set. This is a generalization of the notion of a simplicial set, specially suited to the study of (coloured) operads in the context of homotopy theory. We define a category of trees, which extends the category δ used in simplicial sets, whose presheaf category is the category of dendroidal sets. We show that there is a closed monoidal structure on dendroidal sets which is closely related to the Boardman-Vogt tensor product of (coloured) operads. Furthermore, we show that each (coloured) operad in a suitable model category has a coherent homotopy nerve which is a dendroidal set, extending another construction of Boardman and Vogt. We also define a notion of an inner Kan dendroidal set, which is closely related to simplicial Kan complexes. Finally, we briefly indicate the theory of dendroidal objects in more general monoidal categories, and outline several of the applications and further theory of dendroidal sets.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 1441-1470 |

Number of pages | 30 |

Journal | Algebraic and Geometric Topology |

Volume | 7 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2007 |

## Keywords

- Algebras up to homotopy
- Homotopy coherent nerve
- Kan complex
- Operad
- Tensor product of operads
- Weak n-categories