
Tannakian categories with semigroup actions
Ostrowski's theorem implies that $\log(x),\log(x+1),\dots$ are
algebraically independent over $\mathbb{C}(x)$. More generally, for
a linear differential or difference equation, it is an important
problem to find all algebraic dependencies among a nonzero solution
$y$ and particular transformations of $y$, such as derivatives
of $y$ with respect to parameters, shifts of the arguments, rescaling,
etc. In the present paper, we develop a theory of Tannakian categories
with semigroup actions, which will be used to attack such questions
in full generality, as each linear differential equation gives
rise to a Tannakian category.
Deligne studied actions of braid groups on categories and obtained
a finite collection of axioms that characterizes such actions
to apply it to various geometric constructions. In this paper,
we find a finite set of axioms that characterizes actions of
semigroups that are finite free products of semigroups of the
form $\mathbb{N}^n\times
\mathbb{Z}/{n_1}\mathbb{Z}\times\cdots\times\mathbb{Z}/{n_r}\mathbb{Z}$
on Tannakian categories. This is the class of semigroups that
appear in many applications.
Keywords:semigroup actions on categories, Tannakian categories, difference algebraic groups, differential and difference equations with parameters Categories:18D10, 12H10, 20G05, 33C05, 33C80, 34K06 