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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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The Tangent Spaces of the Bicovariant Calculi over Quantum SU(3)

In Woronowicz's approach to differential calculi on Hopf algebras, a calculus over an algebra $A$ can be specified by a finite dimensional subspace of the dual of $A$. The best known example is his ...
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Reference for the existence of a Shapovalov-type form on the tensor product of integrable modules

Shapovalov and Jantzen showed us how to construct a nice inner product on finite dimensional representations of a semi-simple Lie algebra, by simply giving the highest weight vector inner product 1 ...
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Is there a good reference for the relationship between the Yangian and formal based loop group?

For every finite dimensional semi-simple Lie group $\mathfrak{g}$, we have a loop algebra $\mathfrak{g}[t,t^{-1}]$. This loop algebra has a natural invariant inner product by taking the residue at ...
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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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Restricting Differential Calculi to Quotients

Let $A$ be an algebra, $B \subset A$ a subalgebra, and $(\Omega^1(A),d)$ a first order differential calculus over $A$. Now, as is well known, the subalgebra of $\Omega^1(A)$ consisting of elements of ...
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Bicovariant Calculi on the Quantum Unitary Groups

The bicovariant differential calculi on quantum-$SU(n)$ have been classified (by Schmudgen I think) and have been shown to have non-classical dimension. My question is whether or not the bicovariant ...
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Group-Adjoint and Hopf-Algebra-Adjoint Maps

I've reading some introductory quantum group material and am trying to understand the algebra-space correspondence in the classical case. One object I'm stuck on is the adjoint coaction $$ Ad_R: a ...
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What is the relation between quantum symmetry and quantum groups?

What kind of role do quantum groups play in modern physics ? Do quantum groups naturally arise in quantum mechanics or quantum field theories? What should quantum symmetry refer to ? Can we say that ...
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Calculating 6j-symbols (aka Racah-Wigner coefficients) for quantum groups

Which $6j$-symbols for quantised enveloping algebras are known explicitly? The quantum $6j$-symbols for $sl(2)$ are well-known. The references are Masbaum and Vogel and Frenkel and Khovanov. What ...
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What do the local systems in Lusztig's perverse sheaves on quiver varieties look like?

In "Quivers, perverse sheaves and quantized enveloping algebras," Lusztig defines a category of perverse sheaves on the moduli stack of representations of a quiver. These perverse sheaves are defined ...
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Transmutation versus operads

A while ago, I was reading Majid's book Foundations of quantum group theory, and Section 9.4 has a rather fascinating description of a Tannaka-Krein reconstruction result for quantum groups. In ...
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Does the canonical basis of a tensor product of quantum group representations span the isotypic components of tilting modules?

It's a theorem of Lusztig that if one takes two (or more) representations of a quantum group at a non-root-of-unity choice of $q$, and look at the canonical basis of their tensor product, then each ...
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FTR Quantization for any Subalgebra of $GL(n)$?

As is well known, the quantum groups $SU_q(n)$, amongst others, arise from $R$-matrix solutions of the Yang-Baxter Equation. My question is: For any subalgebra of $GL(n)$, does there exist an ...
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Introduction to deformation theory (of algebras)?

So I know that the idea of deformation theory underlies the concept of quantum groups; I haven't found any single introduction to quantum groups that makes me fully satisfied that I have some kind of ...
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Are there elements of fixed weight in a crystal not killed by too many Kashiwara operators?

I've come across an annoying lemma trying to finish up an argument, and I was hoping one of you guys knew about it. Question: Given a weight $\lambda$ of a simple Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$, and ...
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Which is the correct version of a quantum group at a root of unity?

By this I mean the specialisation of the quantum group Uq(g) with q a root of unity, and the 'correct' meaning of 'correct' (enclosed in quotations since there isn't necessarily a correct answer) is ...
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Hopf algebras arising as Group Algebras

Every commutative $C^*$-algebra is isomorphic to the set of continuous functions, that vanish at infinity, of a locally compact Hausdorff space. Every commutative finite dimensional Hopf algebra is ...
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Is there a good differential calculus for quantum SU(3)?

For quantum $SU(2)$, Woronowicz gave a well differential calculus. If we denote the generators of quantum $SU(2)$ by $a,b,c,d$, then the ideal of ker($\epsilon)$ corresponding to this calculus is $$ ...
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Canonical basis for the extended quantum enveloping algebras

I am trying to understand some construction done by Lusztig in his book on quantum groups. Given some Cartan datum, let $U=U_q(\mathfrak{g})$ the standard quantized enveloping algebra of the Kac-Moody ...
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Basis of quantum SU(n)

As is well known, the set $\{a^ib^jc^k | i,j,k \in \mathbb{Z}\_{\geq 0},k>0\} \cup \{b^lc^md^n | l,m,n \in \mathbb{Z}\_{\geq 0}\}$ forms a basis for quantum $SU(2)$. Does anyone know of a basis ...
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Connes v Woronowicz - Cyclic Cohomology v Diff Calculi

Following on from my last two questions link text and link text: Is it correct (and useful) to say that the relationship between Connes' cyclic cohomology approach to de Rham cohomology and ...
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Classical Calculi as Universal Quotients

As is well known, every differential calculus $(\Omega,d)$ over an algebra $A$ is a quotient of the universal calculus $(\Omega_A,d)$, by some ideal $I$. In the classical case, when $A$ is the ...
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Quantum Frobenius II

In a previous question, I asked how Lusztig's quantum Frobenius generalizes the classical Frobenius map on a variety over a finite field. I was directed to a very interesting paper by Kumar and ...
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Basis for Universal Calculus

Can anyone give an explicit basis of the universal (noncommutative) differential calculus over an algebra $A$ with basis ${e_i}$. (The universal calculus over $A$ is the kernel of the multiplication ...
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Categorifying the group representations

I've heard about this construction on the lecture about higher representation theory: Given a Lie algebra $g$, one constructs $\mathcal A$, a category whose $K_0$ is the universal enveloping ...
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Why Drinfel'd-Jimbo-type Quantum Groups?

Hopf algebras are pretty easy to motivate, as a not-necessarily-commutative generalization of the ring of functions on an algebraic group (and there are many other ways in which they come up). I like ...
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Solutions of the Quantum Yang-Baxter Equation

I am interested in finding non-constant solutions to the following Yang Baxter equation $$R_{12}(x/y) R_{13}(x/z) R_{23}(y/z) = R_{23}(y/z) R_{13}(x/z) R_{12}(x/y)$$ where $R(x)$ is an endomorphism ...
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Braided Monoidal 2-categories with duals

Which categorifications give explicit braided monoidal 2-categories with duals? This question is in response to Ben Webster's questions in recent history. The point is that given a braided monoidal ...
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Quantum Frobenius

In what sense does Lusztig's quantum Frobenius, defined on a quantum enveloping algebra, generalise the classical Frobenius mapping on a variety over a finite field?
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Is there a version of Temperley-Lieb using sl(3) rather than sl(2)?

This question is a spin-off from Sammy Black's question on super Temperley-Lieb. Please see there for the background. The short version is that Sammy defines the Temperley-Lieb at index d as the ...
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Does the super Temperley-Lieb algebra have a Z-form?

Background Let V denote the standard (2-dimensional) module for the Lie algebra sl2(C), or equivalently for the universal envelope U = U(sl2(C)). The Temperley-Lieb algebra TLd is the algebra of ...
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Antipode for quantum matrices.

Am I right in assuming that one cannot define an antipode for $M_q(n)$ the bi-algebra of $nXn$ quantum matrices? If so, does anyone know a proof?
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How do quantum knot invariants change when I pick a funny ribbon element?

So, there's a construction of Reshetikhin and Turaev which extracts knot invariants from ribbon monoidal categories, which are (usually) the representation category a Hopf algebra with a choice of ...
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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 ...
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What's the best reference for actual formulas for RT invariants?

If one really wants to understand the formulas for how to construct the Reshetikhin-Turaev 3-manifold invariants coming from quantum groups in terms of R-matrices and such, what's the best reference ...
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What is a formula for the “group-like Drinfeld element”?

Any quantized universal enveloping algebra (in fact, any toplogically quasi-triangular Hopf algebra) has an (in its completion) an element u called the Drinfeld element which gives an isomorphism from ...
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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 ...
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How does one think about the “off-diagonal” part of the R-matrix?

The universal R-matrix of a quantized universal enveloping algebra is typically written as the product of two terms, one only involving elements of the Cartan, and ...
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What is the “right” hermitian structure on tensor products of quantum group representations?

This is pretty specific, but there are some experts around. So, in Chari & Pressley, it's explained that in the standard *-structure, every irreducible, finite-dimensional representation of a ...