We consider right cancellative monoids C in which every nonunit can be
written as a product of atoms (irreducible elements) with such factorisations
satisfying a uniqueness property, and with C having the property that
for any element c, the partially ordered set of principal left ideals containing
Cc is a distributive lattice. We call such a monoid a unique
factorisation monoid (UFM). Examples of UFMs include
commutative unique factorisation monoids, free monoids and graph monoids
(right-angled Artin monoids). Generalising results of Mark Lawson,
it can be shown that a UFM is a Zappa-Szép product of a group and a graph monoid.
We also make some remarks about the inverse hulls of these monoids.
After the seminar we will take the speaker to lunch.
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