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Title: Homotopy quantum field theory and quantum groups
Author: Gupta, Neha
ISNI:       0000 0004 2709 3059
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2011
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The thesis is divided into two parts one for dimension 2 and the other for dimension 3. Part one (Chapter 3) of the thesis generalises the definition of an n-dimensional HQFT in terms of a monoidal functor from a rigid symmetric monoidal category X-Cobn to any monoidal category A. In particular, 2-dimensional HQFTs with target K(G,1) taking values in A are generated from any Turaev G-crossed system in A and vice versa. This is the generalisation of the theory given by Turaev into a purely categorical set-up. Part two (Chapter 4) of the thesis generalises the concept of a group-coalgebra, Hopf group-coalgebra, crossed Hopf group-coalgebra and quasitriangular Hopf group-coalgebra in the case of a group scheme. Quantum double of a crossed Hopf group-scheme coalgebra is constructed in the affine case and conjectured for the more general non-affine case. We can construct 3-dimensional HQFTs from modular crossed G-categories. The category of representations of a quantum double of a crossed Hopf group-coalgebra is a ribbon (quasitriangular) crossed group-category, and hence can generate 3-dimensional HQFTs under certain conditions if the category becomes modular. However, the problem of systematic finding of modular crossed G-categories is largely open.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA Mathematics