We consider the abelian group PT generated by quasi-equivalence classes of pretriangulated DG categories with relations coming from semiorthogonal decompositions of corresponding triangulated categories. We introduce an operation of “multiplication” • on the collection of DG categories, which makes this abelian group into a commutative ring. A few applications are considered: representability of “standard” functors between derived categories of coherent sheaves on smooth projective varieties and a construction of an interesting motivic measure.

You do not currently have access to this article.