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We conclude that J is a subsemigroup. 2 R-trivial monoids and left regular bands Recall that a monoid M is R-trivial if mM = nM implies m = n. These are the monoids, which up to now, have played a role in applications to Markov chains. Schocker studied them under the name “weakly ordered semigroups” [Sch08, BBBS11]. 12) and oriented matroids [BLVS+ 99]. We shall now investigate Λ(M ) in this special case. 7. Let M be an R-trivial monoid. , each idempotent of M is coprime) and hence Λ(M ) = {M eM | e ∈ E(M )}.

Indeed, τ (ψ(P )) = I(e) where e ∈ J(P ) is an idempotent. 2(iii) and hence τ ψ is the identity on Spec(M ). 20 2 R-trivial Monoids On the other hand, if e is a coprime idempotent and P = I(e), then ψ(τ (M eM )) = M J(P )M . 2(iv) because e ∈ / I(e). On the other hand, J(P ) ⊆ M \ I(e) implies by deﬁnition that e ∈ M J(P )M . Thus M eM = M J(P )M and so ψ and τ are inverse bijections. We next observe that ψ and τ are order-preserving. Indeed, if M eM ⊆ M f M , then e ∈ / M mM implies f ∈ / M mM and hence I(e) ⊆ I(f ).

Then HomM (M e, X) is in bijection with eX via the mapping ϕ → ϕ(e). Moreover, one has that EndM (M e) ∼ = (eM e)op and AutM (M e) ∼ = Gop e . Proof. Let ϕ : M e −→ X be M -equivariant and let m ∈ M e. Then ϕ(m) = ϕ(me) = mϕ(e). In particular, ϕ(e) = eϕ(e) ∈ eX and ϕ is uniquely determined by ϕ(e). It remains to show that if x ∈ eX, then there exists ϕ : M e −→ X with ϕ(e) = x. Write x = ey with y ∈ X. Deﬁne ϕ(m) = mx for m ∈ M e. Then ϕ(m m) = (m m)x = m (mx) = m ϕ(m) for m ∈ M e and m ∈ M . This establishes that ϕ is M -equivariant.