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Geometric Intuition of $P^+$ in Modular Tensor Categories

I'm currently reading through Bakalov and Kirillov's "Lectures on Tensor Categories and Modular Functors," and I am having some difficulty understanding the definition of $p^\pm$ given on page 49. ...
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Is “being a modular category” a universal or categorical/algebraic property?

A semisimple braided category with duals is called modular when a certain matrix $S$ is invertible. The components $S_{AB}$ are indexed by (isomorphism classes of) simple objects of the category and ...
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Is every premodular category the *full* subcategory of a modular category?

In Müger's article "Conformal Field Theory and Doplicher-Roberts Reconstruction", he defines the "modular closure" of a braided monoidal category. So every braided monoidal category (and therefore ...
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Graphical calculus in braided G crossed fusion categories: Explanation request and a question

I am trying to understand the equivalence between the 2 category of braided G crossed categories and the 2 category of braided categories containing Rep(G) as a symmetric category. The references in ...
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Braidings and Isomorphism Classes in a Monoidal Category

Let $X$ be an object in a monoidal category $({\cal C}, \otimes)$, and $\gamma:X \otimes X \to X \otimes X$ a braiding (that is to say a morphism in ${\cal C}$ from $X \otimes X$ to itself that ...
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Module categories over symmetric/braided monoidal categories

Given an algebraically closed field $k$ and a finitely generated commutative $k$-algebra $A$, all simple modules over $A$ are 1-dimensional What is the analogous statement for symmetric monoidal ...
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Extending braidings to tensor powers

Given a braiding $\Psi: X \otimes Y \to Y \otimes X$ for two objects $X,Y$ in a monoidal category, it seems reasonable to assume that $\Psi$ extends uniquely to a braiding $X^k \otimes Y^l \to Y^l ...
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Does the dual of an object with trivial symmetry also have trivial symmetry?

Let $C$ be a symmetric monoidal category. I am interested in objects $X \in C$ such that the symmetry $S_{X,X} : X \otimes X \cong X \otimes X$ is equal to the identity. There are many examples of ...
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Kontsevich Integral without associators?

Recall the fact that the representations of a quantum group form a braided tensor category, and this corresponds to the fact that $U_q(\mathfrak g)$ is a quasi-triangular Hopf algebra. The braiding ...
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Braidings for Comodules of Co-quasi-triangular Hopf algebra

Let $V$ be a (right-)$H$ comodule wrt a coaction $\Delta_R$, where $H$ is a co-quasi-triangular Hopf algebra with co-quasi-triangular Hopf algebra structure $R$. It is well-known that $V$ has a ...
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Is there a notion of partial trace in a ribbon category?

I've seen some definitions of "right partial trace" and "left partial trace" in http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.1660, but these don't seem canonical in any way. The motivation for this questions is that ...
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How many definitions are there of the Jones polynomial?

Even with the connection to quantum groups being made clearer (I believe it was not known when the Jones polynomial was first introduced), it seems to me that still we don't have the "right" ...
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Drinfeld't map, centre of quantum group, representation category of quantum group

My question is about the Drinfeld't map between $Rep(U_q(\mathfrak{g}))$ and $Z(U_q(\mathfrak{g}))$. I have heard the reference 1989 paper by Drinfeld't "Almost cocommutative Hopf algebras" - but this ...
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Do dualizable Hopf algebras in braided categories have invertible antipodes?

A classical result of Larson and Sweedler says that a finite dimensional Hopf algebra over a field has invertible antipode. Does this result extend to the setting of Hopf algebras in braided ...
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Nerves of (braided or symmetric) monoidal categories

I'm looking for references on the structure which can be roughtly described as follows: given a (braided or symmetric) monoidal category $C$, I want to consider a simplicial set $N(\mathbf{B}C)$ with ...
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180˚ vs 360˚ Twists in String Diagrams for Ribbon Categories

Ribbon categories are braided monoidal categories with a twist or balance, $\theta_B:B\to B$, which is a natural transformation from the identity functor to itself. In the string diagram calculus for ...
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Explicit Braid Group Reps from quantum SO(N) at roots of unity

This question is related to this one (and indeed the goals are similar). Let $N$ be odd and consider the braided fusion category $\mathcal{C}$ (actually modular) obtained from $U_q\mathfrak{so}_N$ ...
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Semisimple Hopf algebras with commutative character ring

Suppose that $A$ is a semisimple Hopf algebra with a commutative character ring. Does it follow that $A$ is quasitriangular, i.e $\mathrm{Rep}(A)$ is a braided tensor category? I think I 've seen ...
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Non-symmetric Braiding on finite group Representation Categories

Do the fusion categories $Rep(S_4)$ and $Rep(A_5)$ admit non-symmetric braidings? All the other rep. cats. of finite subgroups of $SU(2)$ do (in the McKay correspondence). My guess is no.
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What is the universal enveloping algebra?

Let ${\mathfrak g}$ be a Lie algebra in a symmetric monoidal category enriched over $K$-vector spaces, i.e., in particular, hom-s are $K$-vector spaces (where $K$ is a field of characteristic zero). ...
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Skew polynomial algebra

When I was a very little hare, a big grey wolf told me about the following skew polynomial algebra, which I never understood. My question is whether the following construction is a part of some bigger ...
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Quantum group as (relative) Drinfeld double?

The most elementary construction I know of quantum groups associated to a finite dimensional simple Hopf algebra is to construct an algebra with generators $E_i$ and $F_i$ corresponding to the simple ...
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What is the explanation for the special form of representations of three string braid group constructed using quantum groups information supplied

It is well-known that representations of quantised enveloping algebras give representations of braid groups. For the examples that I know explicitly the representations of the three string braid group ...
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An inner product that makes the R-matrix unitary

So, if you talk to the right people, they will tell you that the braiding of the category of representations of a quantum group are not unitary and that one can fix this by taking a different commutor ...