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Three-manifold invariants and topological field theory

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jeudi 05 mars 2020 jeudi 05 mars 2020
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Speakers: Ingo Runkel (Universität Hamburg)
I would like to discuss three-manifold invariants built from link-invariants using surgery representations of three-manifolds. This is the basis of the Reshetikhin-Turaev construction, which produces invariants that behave nicely under cutting and glueing, specifically, they define three-dimensional topological field theories. The algebraic data needed to describe these theories are so-called modular tensor categories, as provided for example by representations of certain Hopf algebras. While the original construction is limited to the semisimple case, in recent developments also non-semisimple modular categories can be used to define topological field theories, leading to some effects not present in the semisimple situation.


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