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Quantum Symmetries January 21, 2020 to May 29, 2020
Organizers Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University), LEAD Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon), Emily Peters (Loyola University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), LEAD Noah Snyder (Indiana University), Chelsea Walton (Rice University)
Program picture
The study of tensor categories involves the interplay of representation theory, combinatorics, number theory, and low dimensional topology (from a string diagram calculation, describing the 3-dimensional bordism 2-category [arXiv:1411.0945]).
Symmetry, as formalized by group theory, is ubiquitous across mathematics and science. Classical examples include point groups in crystallography, Noether's theorem relating differentiable symmetries and conserved quantities, and the classification of fundamental particles according to irreducible representations of the Poincaré group and the internal symmetry groups of the standard model. However, in some quantum settings, the notion of a group is no longer enough to capture all symmetries. Important motivating examples include Galois-like symmetries of von Neumann algebras, anyonic particles in condensed matter physics, and deformations of universal enveloping algebras. The language of tensor categories provides a unified framework to discuss these notions of quantum symmetry.   Within the framework of studying the various guises of quantum symmetries, and their interactions, we will focus on following seven areas.   1. Tensor categories, fusion categories, module categories, and applications to representation theory. 2. Braided, symmetric, and modular tensor categories. 3. Hopf algebras, their actions on rings, and classification of semisimple and of pointed Hopf algebras. 4. Subfactors, planar algebras, and analytic properties of quantum symmetries. 5. Quantum invariants of knots and 3-manifolds, and local topological field theories. 6. Conformal nets, vertex algebras, and their representation theories. 7. Topological order and topological quantum computation.   Bibliography  
Keywords and Mathematics Subject Classification (MSC)
  • subfactors

  • planar algebras

  • monoidal categories

  • quantum symmetries

  • Quantum Groups

  • braided categories

  • modular tensor categories

  • fusion categories

  • conformal eld theory

  • conformal nets

  • topological phases of matter

  • topological quantum computing

  • topological eld theory

  • cobordism hypothesis

  • Hopf algebras

  • knot polynomials

Primary Mathematics Subject Classification
Secondary Mathematics Subject Classification No Secondary AMS MSC
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Programmatic Workshops
January 23, 2020 - January 24, 2020 Connections for Women: Quantum Symmetries
January 27, 2020 - January 31, 2020 Introductory Workshop: Quantum Symmetries
March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020 [Moved Online] Tensor categories and topological quantum field theories