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Gauss linking integral and quadratic reciprocity

In the setting of Mazur's "primes and knots" analogy, prime ideals $\mathfrak p\subset\mathcal O_K$ correspond to "knots" $\operatorname{Spec}\mathcal O_K/\mathfrak p$ inside a "3-manifold" ...
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Are Turaev--Viro invariants secretly a discretized path integral?

Turaev--Viro http://www.ams.org/mathscinet-getitem?mr=1191386 defined an invariant of three-manifolds $M$ denoted $TV(M)$, which was subsequently shown by Kevin Walker to coincide with ...
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Why hasn't anyone proved that the two standard approaches to quantizing Chern-Simons theory are equivalent?

The two standard approaches to the quantization of Chern-Simons theory are geometric quantization of character varieties, and quantum groups plus skein theory. These two approaches were both first ...
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Generalization of Witten's computation of the volume of moduli space

Let $\Sigma$ be a Riemann surface, and let $X=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi_1(\Sigma),\operatorname{SU}(2))/\\!/\operatorname{SU}(2)$ be the $\operatorname{SU}(2)$ character variety of $\pi_1(\Sigma)$. ...
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Do the real polarization and Kahler polarization of the character varieties of closed surfaces give rise to equivalent representations of the Mappping Class Group?

This is a question about the Witten--Reshetikhin--Turaev representations of the mapping class group of a closed surface $\Sigma_g$. For simplicity, we'll stick to the case $G=SU(2)$. These ...
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What is the state in the WRT TQFT associated to a handlebody?

Let $Y^3$ be a handlebody with boundary $\Sigma$. By definition, there is some associated vector $v_{WRT}(Y^3)\in Z(\Sigma)$, the (finite dimensional) Hilbert space associated to $\Sigma$ by the ...
3
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1answer
510 views

What if I change field in a Topological Quantum Field Theory?

Of course I'm talking about the algebraic notion of field. In a few words, if a TQFT consists of a functor $Z\colon Cob(n)\to \mathbf{Vec}_k$, I'm wondering if there are sensible relations among ...
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In the dictionary between Poisson and Quantum, what corresponds to Coisotropic?

I work entirely over a field of characteristic $0$, in case it matters. Recall that a Poisson algebra is a commutative algebra $A$ with a bracket $\lbrace,\rbrace : A^{\wedge 2} \to A$ which is (1) a ...
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Spectral theory for self-adjoint field operators on a symmetric Fock space

Background Suppose we have a finite-dimensional Hilbert space $H = \mathbb{C}^s$ (for a natural number s) and we construct the symmetric (or bosonic) Fock space built from it: $$F(H):= \mathbb{C} ...
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Turaev-Viro extended TQFT

Hi I am looking for any papers which extends the Turaev-Viro TQFT to a 3-2-1 theory (i.e. allows manifolds with corners) . I know this construction is known, but I cannot find a source. Please help. ...