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Relativistic Spin Networks and Quantum Gravity
 J. Math Phys
, 1998
"... Abstract. Relativistic spin networks are defined by considering the spin covering of the group SO(4), SU(2) × SU(2). Relativistic quantum spins are related to the geometry of the 2dimensional faces of a 4simplex. This extends the idea of Ponzano and Regge that SU(2) spins are related to the geome ..."
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Abstract. Relativistic spin networks are defined by considering the spin covering of the group SO(4), SU(2) × SU(2). Relativistic quantum spins are related to the geometry of the 2dimensional faces of a 4simplex. This extends the idea of Ponzano and Regge that SU(2) spins are related to the geometry of the edges of a 3simplex. This leads us to suggest that there may be a 4dimensional state sum model for quantum gravity based on relativistic spin networks which parallels the construction of 3dimensional quantum gravity from ordinary spin networks.
Twisted representations of vertex operator algebras
"... Abstract. Let V be a vertex operator algebra and g an automorphism of finite order. We construct an associative algebra Ag(V) and a pair of functors between the category of Ag(V)modules and a certain category of admissible gtwisted Vmodules. In particular, these functors exhibit a bijection betwe ..."
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Abstract. Let V be a vertex operator algebra and g an automorphism of finite order. We construct an associative algebra Ag(V) and a pair of functors between the category of Ag(V)modules and a certain category of admissible gtwisted Vmodules. In particular, these functors exhibit a bijection between the simple modules in each category. We give various applications, including the fact that the complete reducibility of admissible gtwisted modules implies both the finitedimensionality of homogeneous spaces and the finiteness of the number of simple gtwisted modules. 1.
Topological quantum computation
 Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S
"... Abstract. The theory of quantum computation can be constructed from the abstract study of anyonic systems. In mathematical terms, these are unitary topological modular functors. They underlie the Jones polynomial and arise in WittenChernSimons theory. The braiding and fusion of anyonic excitations ..."
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Abstract. The theory of quantum computation can be constructed from the abstract study of anyonic systems. In mathematical terms, these are unitary topological modular functors. They underlie the Jones polynomial and arise in WittenChernSimons theory. The braiding and fusion of anyonic excitations in quantum Hall electron liquids and 2Dmagnets are modeled by modular functors, opening a new possibility for the realization of quantum computers. The chief advantage of anyonic computation would be physical error correction: An error rate scaling like e−αℓ, where ℓ is a length scale, and α is some positive constant. In contrast, the “presumptive ” qubitmodel of quantum computation, which repairs errors combinatorically, requires a fantastically low initial error rate (about 10−4) before computation can be stabilized. Quantum computation is a catchall for several models of computation based on a theoretical ability to manufacture, manipulate and measure quantum states. In this context, there are three areas where remarkable algorithms have been found: searching a data base [15], abelian groups (factoring and discrete logarithm) [19],
On fusion categories
 Annals of Mathematics
"... Abstract. In this paper we extend categorically the notion of a finite nilpotent group to fusion categories. To this end, we first analyze the trivial component of the universal grading of a fusion category C, and then introduce the upper central series ofC. For fusion categories with commutative Gr ..."
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Abstract. In this paper we extend categorically the notion of a finite nilpotent group to fusion categories. To this end, we first analyze the trivial component of the universal grading of a fusion category C, and then introduce the upper central series ofC. For fusion categories with commutative Grothendieck rings (e.g., braided fusion categories) we also introduce the lower central series. We study arithmetic and structural properties of nilpotent fusion categories, and apply our theory to modular categories and to semisimple Hopf algebras. In particular, we show that in the modular case the two central series are centralizers of each other in the sense of M. Müger. Dedicated to Leonid Vainerman on the occasion of his 60th birthday 1. introduction The theory of fusion categories arises in many areas of mathematics such as representation theory, quantum groups, operator algebras and topology. The representation categories of semisimple (quasi) Hopf algebras are important examples of fusion categories. Fusion categories have been studied extensively in the literature,
Simulation of topological field theories by quantum computers
 Comm.Math.Phys.227
"... Abstract: Quantum computers will work by evolving a high tensor power of a small (e.g. two) dimensional Hilbert space by local gates, which can be implemented by applying a local Hamiltonian H for a time t. In contrast to this quantum engineering, the most abstract reaches of theoretical physics has ..."
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Abstract: Quantum computers will work by evolving a high tensor power of a small (e.g. two) dimensional Hilbert space by local gates, which can be implemented by applying a local Hamiltonian H for a time t. In contrast to this quantum engineering, the most abstract reaches of theoretical physics has spawned “topological models ” having a finite dimensional internal state space with no natural tensor product structure and in which the evolution of the state is discrete, H ≡ 0. These are called topological quantum field theories (TQFTs). These exotic physical systems are proved to be efficiently simulated on a quantum computer. The conclusion is twofold: 1. TQFTs cannot be used to define a model of computation stronger than the usual quantum model “BQP”. 2. TQFTs provide a radically different way of looking at quantum computation. The rich mathematical structure of TQFTs might suggest a new quantum algorithm. 1.
Spiders for rank 2 Lie algebras
 Commun. Math. Phys
, 1996
"... Abstract. A spider is an axiomatization of the representation theory of a group, quantum group, Lie algebra, or other group or grouplike object. It is also known as a spherical category, or a strict, monoidal category with a few extra properties, or by several other names. A recently useful point o ..."
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Abstract. A spider is an axiomatization of the representation theory of a group, quantum group, Lie algebra, or other group or grouplike object. It is also known as a spherical category, or a strict, monoidal category with a few extra properties, or by several other names. A recently useful point of view, developed by other authors, of the representation theory of sl(2) has been to present it as a spider by generators and relations. That is, one has an algebraic spider, defined by invariants of linear representations, and one identifies it as isomorphic to a combinatorial spider, given by generators and relations. We generalize this approach to the rank 2 simple Lie algebras, namely A2, B2, and G2. Our combinatorial rank 2 spiders yield bases for invariant spaces which are probably related to Lusztig’s canonical bases, and they are useful for computing quantities such as generalized 6jsymbols and quantum link invariants. Their definition originates in definitions of the rank 2 quantum link invariants that were discovered independently by the author and Francois Jaeger. 1.
Quantum Field Theory of ManyBody Systems
, 2004
"... condensation Extended objects, such as strings and membranes, have been studied for many years in the context of statistical physics. In these systems, quantum effects are typically negligible, and the extended objects can be treated classically. Yet it is natural to wonder how strings and membrane ..."
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condensation Extended objects, such as strings and membranes, have been studied for many years in the context of statistical physics. In these systems, quantum effects are typically negligible, and the extended objects can be treated classically. Yet it is natural to wonder how strings and membranes behave in the quantum regime. In this chapter, we will investigate the properties of one dimensional, stringlike, objects with large quantum fluctuations. Our motivation is both intellectual curiosity and (as we will see) the connection between quantum strings and topological/quantum orders in condensed matter systems. It is useful to organize our discussion using the analogy to the well understood theory of quantum particles. One of the most remarkable phenomena in quantum manyparticle systems is particle condensation. We can think of particle condensed states as special ground states where all the particles are described by the same quantum wave function. In some sense, all the symmetry breaking phases examples of particle condensation: we can view the order parameter that characterizes a symmetry breaking phase as the condensed wave function of certain “effective particles. ” According to this point of view, Landau’s theory [Landau (1937)] for symmetry breaking phases is really a theory of “particle ” condensation. The theory of particle condensation is based on the physical concepts of long range order, symmetry
Boundary Liouville Field Theory: Boundary three point function”, Nucl. Phys
 B622 (2002) 309, hepth/0110244. 33 K. Hosomichi, ”BulkBoundary Propagator in Liouville Theory on a Disc”, JHEP 0111 044
, 2001
"... Liouville theory seems to be a universal building block that appears in various contexts such as noncritical string theory, twodimensional gravity or Dbrane physics. It is also closely related to the SL(2) or SL(2)/U(1) WZNW models which are interesting as solvable models for string theory on nonc ..."
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Liouville theory seems to be a universal building block that appears in various contexts such as noncritical string theory, twodimensional gravity or Dbrane physics. It is also closely related to the SL(2) or SL(2)/U(1) WZNW models which are interesting as solvable models for string theory on noncompact curved backgrounds. From a more general point of view one may
Operator Algebras and Conformal Field Theory
 COMMUNICATIONS MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
, 1993
"... We define and study twodimensional, chiral conformal field theory by the methods of algebraic field theory. We start by characterizing the vacuum sectors of such theories and show that, under very general hypotheses, their algebras of local observables are isomorphic to the unique hyperfinite typ ..."
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We define and study twodimensional, chiral conformal field theory by the methods of algebraic field theory. We start by characterizing the vacuum sectors of such theories and show that, under very general hypotheses, their algebras of local observables are isomorphic to the unique hyperfinite type III 1 factor. The conformal net determined by the algebras of local observables is proven to satisfy Haag duality. The representation of the Moebius group (and presumably of the entire Virasoro algebra) on the vacuum sector of a conformal field theory is uniquely determined by the TomitaTakesaki modular operators associated with its vacuum state and its conformal net. We then develop the theory of Moebius covariant representations of a conformal net, using methods of Doplicher, Haag and Roberts. We apply our results to the representation theory of loop groups. Our analysis is motivated by the desire to find a "backgroundindependent" formulation of conformal field theories.