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Associators, Grothendieck-Teichmüller group and monoidal categories

The standard definition of an associator seems to be that it a a grouplike power series in two variables $x$ and $ y $ satisfying some pentagon and hexagon relations. In other words, denoting by $ ...
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Ribbon Algebras and Co-(dual)-quasi-triangular Hopf Algebras

As is well-known, one can use the coquasi-triangular structure $\cal R$ of $U_q(\frak{g})$ to give it's category of (right) modules $\cal{M}_{U_q(\frak{g})}$ the structure of a braided monoidal ...
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Are there small examples of non-pivotal finite tensor categories?

I'm looking for small concrete examples of non-pivotal finite tensor categories to do some calculations with. Here a finite tensor category is, according to Etingof-Ostrik, a rigid monoidal category ...
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Reshetikhin-Turaev and links with a distinguished component

Hi, This question came up to me when reading the paper of Cartier on Vassiliev invariants, but it can probably be turned into a more general question. Let $T$ be the category whose objects are ...
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Resources for graphical languages / Penrose notation / Feynman diagrams / birdtracks?

There is an idea I've recently gotten interested in that doesn't seem to have a good agreed-upon name ("diagrammatic algebra?"). It centers around the use of two-dimensional diagrams of dots, ...
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What are the correct axioms for a “weakly associative monoidal functor”?

Definitions and the main question Recall that a category $\mathcal C$ is monoidal if it is equipped with the following data (two functors, three natural transformations, and some properties): a ...
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How do I describe a fusion category given a subfactor?

I felt like following up on Kate's question. There were some good motivational answers there. Given a pair of factors M < N, there is a standard way to construct a 2-category whose objects are M ...
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Do all 3D TQFTs come from Reshetikhin-Turaev?

The Reshetikhin-Turaev construction take as input a Modular Tensor Category (MTC) and spits out a 3D TQFT. I've been told that the other main construction of 3D TQFTs, the Turaev-Viro State sum ...
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Are there interesting monoidal structures on representations of quantum affine algebras?

Is there a good monoidal structure on a category of integrable representations of a quantum affine algebra? In the ordinary affine Kac-Moody case, there is the usual tensor product (symmetric, adds ...