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Gerbes and homotopy quantum field theories
, 2002
"... For manifolds with freely generated first homology, we characterize gerbes with connection as functors on a certain surface cobordism category. This allows us to relate gerbes with connection to Turaev’s 1+1dimensional homotopy quantum field theories, and we show that flat gerbes on such spaces a ..."
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For manifolds with freely generated first homology, we characterize gerbes with connection as functors on a certain surface cobordism category. This allows us to relate gerbes with connection to Turaev’s 1+1dimensional homotopy quantum field theories, and we show that flat gerbes on such spaces as above are the same as a specific class of rank one homotopy quantum field theories.
Formal Homotopy Quantum Field Theories
 II : Simplicial Formal Maps
"... Homotopy Quantum Field Theories (HQFTs) were introduced by the second author to extend the ideas and methods of Topological Quantum Field Theories to closed dmanifolds endowed with extra structure in the form of homotopy classes of maps into a given ‘target ’ space. For d = 1, classifications of HQ ..."
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Homotopy Quantum Field Theories (HQFTs) were introduced by the second author to extend the ideas and methods of Topological Quantum Field Theories to closed dmanifolds endowed with extra structure in the form of homotopy classes of maps into a given ‘target ’ space. For d = 1, classifications of HQFTs in terms of algebraic structures are known when B is a K(G,1) and also when it is simply connected. Here we study general HQFTs with d = 1 and target a general 2type, giving a common generalisation of the classifying algebraic structures for the two cases previously known. The algebraic models for 2types that we use are crossed modules, C, and we introduce a notion of formal Cmap, which extends the usual latticetype constructions to this setting. This leads to a classification of ‘formal ’ 2dimensional HQFTs with target C,
TQFT’s and gerbes
 Algebr. Geom. Topol
"... We generalise the notions of holonomy and parallel transport for abelian bundles and gerbes using an embedded TQFT construction, and obtain statesumlike formulae for the parallel transport along paths and surfaces. This approach has been greatly influenced by the work of Graeme Segal, in particula ..."
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We generalise the notions of holonomy and parallel transport for abelian bundles and gerbes using an embedded TQFT construction, and obtain statesumlike formulae for the parallel transport along paths and surfaces. This approach has been greatly influenced by the work of Graeme Segal, in particular his axiomatic approach to Conformal Field Theory. 1
Homological Quantum Field Theory
 in M. Levy (Ed.), Mathematical Physics Research Developments, Nova Publishers
"... We show that the space of chains of smooth maps from spheres into a fixed compact oriented manifold has a natural structure of a transversal dalgebra. We construct a structure of transversal 1category on the space of chains of maps from a suspension space S(Y), with certain boundary restrictions, ..."
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We show that the space of chains of smooth maps from spheres into a fixed compact oriented manifold has a natural structure of a transversal dalgebra. We construct a structure of transversal 1category on the space of chains of maps from a suspension space S(Y), with certain boundary restrictions, into a fixed compact oriented manifold. We define homological quantum field theories HLQFT and construct several examples of such structures. Our definition is based on the notions of string topology of Chas and Sullivan, and homotopy quantum field theories of Turaev. 1
ENRICHED HOMOTOPY QUANTUM FIELD THEORIES AND TORTILE STRUCTURES
, 2001
"... The motivation for this paper was to construct approximations to a conformal version of homotopy quantum field theory using 2categories. A homotopy quantum field theory, as defined by Turaev in [9], is a variant of a topological quantum field theory in which manifolds come equipped with a map to so ..."
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The motivation for this paper was to construct approximations to a conformal version of homotopy quantum field theory using 2categories. A homotopy quantum field theory, as defined by Turaev in [9], is a variant of a topological quantum field theory in which manifolds come equipped with a map to some auxiliary space X.
ATG Gerbes and homotopy quantum field theories
, 2004
"... Abstract For smooth finite dimensional manifolds, we characterise gerbes with connection as functors on a certain surface cobordism category. This allows us to relate gerbes with connection to Turaev’s 1+1dimensional homotopy quantum field theories, and we show that flat gerbes are related to a spe ..."
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Abstract For smooth finite dimensional manifolds, we characterise gerbes with connection as functors on a certain surface cobordism category. This allows us to relate gerbes with connection to Turaev’s 1+1dimensional homotopy quantum field theories, and we show that flat gerbes are related to a specific class of rank one homotopy quantum field theories. AMS Classification 55P48; 57R56, 81T70
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, 2008
"... We present a general framework for TQFT and related constructions using the language of monoidal categories. We construct a topological category C and an algebraic category D, both monoidal, and a TQFT functor is This work was supported by the programme “Programa Operacional Ciência, Tecnologia, Ino ..."
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We present a general framework for TQFT and related constructions using the language of monoidal categories. We construct a topological category C and an algebraic category D, both monoidal, and a TQFT functor is This work was supported by the programme “Programa Operacional Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovação ” (POCTI) of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), cofinanced by the European Community fund FEDER. then defined as a certain type of monoidal functor from C to D. In contrast with the cobordism approach, this formulation of TQFT is closer in spirit to the classical functors of algebraic topology, like homology. The fundamental operation of gluing is incorporated at the level of the morphisms in the topological category through the notion of a gluing morphism, which we define. It allows not only the gluing together of two separate objects, but also the selfgluing of a single object to be treated in the same fashion. As an example of our framework we describe TQFT’s for oriented 2Dmanifolds, and classify a family of them in terms of a pair of tensors satisfying some relations.
A FUNCTORIAL APPROACH TO nGERBES
, 2002
"... Abstract. We provide a characterisation of ngerbes with connection in terms of a variant of Turaev’s homotopy quantum field theories based on chains in a smooth manifold X. ..."
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Abstract. We provide a characterisation of ngerbes with connection in terms of a variant of Turaev’s homotopy quantum field theories based on chains in a smooth manifold X.
ABELIAN HOMOTOPY DIJKGRAAF–WITTEN THEORY
, 2004
"... ABSTRACT. We construct a version of Dijkgraaf–Witten theory based on a compact abelian Lie group within the formalism of Turaev’s homotopy quantum field theory. As an application we show that the 2+1–dimensional theory based on U(1) classifies lens spaces up to homotopy type. 1. ..."
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ABSTRACT. We construct a version of Dijkgraaf–Witten theory based on a compact abelian Lie group within the formalism of Turaev’s homotopy quantum field theory. As an application we show that the 2+1–dimensional theory based on U(1) classifies lens spaces up to homotopy type. 1.