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Finite groups, spherical 2categories, and 4manifold invariants. arXiv:math.QA/9903003
"... In this paper we define a class of statesum invariants of compact closed oriented piecewise linear 4manifolds using finite groups. The definition of these statesums follows from the general abstract construction of 4manifold invariants using spherical 2categories, as we defined in [32], althou ..."
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In this paper we define a class of statesum invariants of compact closed oriented piecewise linear 4manifolds using finite groups. The definition of these statesums follows from the general abstract construction of 4manifold invariants using spherical 2categories, as we defined in [32], although it requires a slight generalization of that construction. We show that the statesum invariants of Birmingham and Rakowski [11, 12, 13], who studied DijkgraafWitten type invariants in dimension 4, are special examples of the general construction that we present in this paper. They showed that their invariants are nontrivial by some explicit computations, so our construction includes interesting examples already. Finally, we indicate how our construction is related to homotopy 3types. This connection suggests that there are many more interesting examples of our construction to be found in the work on homotopy 3types, such as [15], for example. 1 1
Homotopy quantum field theories and the homotopy cobordism category in dimension 1+1
"... Abstract. We define Homotopy quantum field theories (HQFT) as Topological quantum field theories (TQFT) for manifolds endowed with extra structure in the form of a map into some background space X. We also build the category of homotopy cobordisms HCobord(n, X) such that an HQFT is a functor ..."
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Abstract. We define Homotopy quantum field theories (HQFT) as Topological quantum field theories (TQFT) for manifolds endowed with extra structure in the form of a map into some background space X. We also build the category of homotopy cobordisms HCobord(n, X) such that an HQFT is a functor
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,
Contemporary Mathematics Formal Homotopy Quantum Field Theories, II: Simplicial Formal Maps
, 2005
"... Abstract. Simplicial formal maps were introduced in the first paper of this series as a tool for studying Homotopy Quantum Field Theories with background a general homotopy 2type. Here we continue their study, showing how a natural generalisation can handle much more general backgrounds. The questi ..."
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Abstract. Simplicial formal maps were introduced in the first paper of this series as a tool for studying Homotopy Quantum Field Theories with background a general homotopy 2type. Here we continue their study, showing how a natural generalisation can handle much more general backgrounds. The question of the geometric interpretation of these formal maps is partially answered in terms of combinatorial bundles. This suggests new interpretations of HQFTs.