Definition 13.3.2. A triangulated category consists of a triple $(\mathcal{D}, \{ [n]\} _{n\in \mathbf{Z}}, \mathcal{T})$ where

1. $\mathcal{D}$ is an additive category,

2. $ : \mathcal{D} \to \mathcal{D}$, $E \mapsto E$ is an additive auto-equivalence and $[n]$ for $n \in \mathbf{Z}$ is as discussed above, and

3. $\mathcal{T}$ is a set of triangles (Definition 13.3.1) called the distinguished triangles

subject to the following conditions

1. Any triangle isomorphic to a distinguished triangle is a distinguished triangle. Any triangle of the form $(X, X, 0, \text{id}, 0, 0)$ is distinguished. For any morphism $f : X \to Y$ of $\mathcal{D}$ there exists a distinguished triangle of the form $(X, Y, Z, f, g, h)$.

2. The triangle $(X, Y, Z, f, g, h)$ is distinguished if and only if the triangle $(Y, Z, X, g, h, -f)$ is.

3. Given a solid diagram

$\xymatrix{ X \ar[r]^ f \ar[d]^ a & Y \ar[r]^ g \ar[d]^ b & Z \ar[r]^ h \ar@{-->}[d] & X \ar[d]^{a} \\ X' \ar[r]^{f'} & Y' \ar[r]^{g'} & Z' \ar[r]^{h'} & X' }$

whose rows are distinguished triangles and which satisfies $b \circ f = f' \circ a$, there exists a morphism $c : Z \to Z'$ such that $(a, b, c)$ is a morphism of triangles.

4. Given objects $X$, $Y$, $Z$ of $\mathcal{D}$, and morphisms $f : X \to Y$, $g : Y \to Z$, and distinguished triangles $(X, Y, Q_1, f, p_1, d_1)$, $(X, Z, Q_2, g \circ f, p_2, d_2)$, and $(Y, Z, Q_3, g, p_3, d_3)$, there exist morphisms $a : Q_1 \to Q_2$ and $b : Q_2 \to Q_3$ such that

1. $(Q_1, Q_2, Q_3, a, b, p_1 \circ d_3)$ is a distinguished triangle,

2. the triple $(\text{id}_ X, g, a)$ is a morphism of triangles $(X, Y, Q_1, f, p_1, d_1) \to (X, Z, Q_2, g \circ f, p_2, d_2)$, and

3. the triple $(f, \text{id}_ Z, b)$ is a morphism of triangles $(X, Z, Q_2, g \circ f, p_2, d_2) \to (Y, Z, Q_3, g, p_3, d_3)$.

We will call $(\mathcal{D}, [\ ], \mathcal{T})$ a pre-triangulated category if TR1, TR2 and TR3 hold.1

 We use $[\ ]$ as an abbreviation for the family $\{ [n]\} _{n\in \mathbf{Z}}$.

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