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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 one only involving elements of the ...
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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 ...