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Why are fusion categories interesting?

In the same vein as Kate and Scott's questions, why are fusion categories interesting? I know that given a "suitably nice" fusion category (which probably means adding adjectives such as "unitary," "...
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Are there two groups which are categorically Morita equivalent but only one of which is simple

Can you find two finite groups G and H such that their representation categories are Morita equivalent (which is to say that there's an invertible bimodule category over these two monoidal categories) ...
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Does the quantum subgroup of quantum su_2 called E_8 have anything at all to do with the Lie algebra E_8?

The ordinary McKay correspondence relates the subgroups of SU(2) to the affine ADE Dynkin diagrams. The correspondence is that the vertices correspond to irreducible representations of the subgroup, ...
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Non weakly-group-theoretical integral fusion category

Is there an integral fusion category of rank $7$, FPdim $210$ and type $(1,5,5,5,6,7,7)$ with the following fusion rules (or the little $\color{purple}{\text{variation}}$ below)? $$\scriptsize{\begin{...
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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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Does every Frobenius algebra in a monoidal *-category give a Q-system?

Suppose that C is a fusion C*-cateogry and that A is an irreducible Frobenius algebra object in C, is there always a Frobenius algebra A' isomorphic to A such that A' is a Longo Q-system (that is the ...
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Are there interesting semisimple algebras in non-semisimple categories?

Are there any interesting examples of semisimple algebras in nonsemisimple categories which don't "come from" a semisimple algebra in a semisimple category? That is, if you want to study semisimple ...
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A linear category with objects of infinite length but which is otherwise finite?

Fix a ground field $k$. By a linear category I will mean an Abelian category which is compatibly enriched over $k$-vector spaces. A linear category is called finite if it satisfies the following four ...
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Is there a “killing” lemma for G-crossed braided fusion categories?

Edit: I found a serious flaw in the question and my answer, and I had to change a lot. The basic question is still there, but the details are a lot different. Premodular categories In braided ...
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Unitary structures on fusion categories

A unitary fusion category is a fusion category with a $C^*$-tensor structure. Hence, in principle, a fusion category could have more than one unitary structure. Does exist a fusion category with more ...
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A cohomology theory for fusion categories

It is well known that for a finite group $G$, the associator of the fusion category of $G$-graded $k$-vector spaces is given by an element of $H^3(G,k^*)$, up to equivalence of categories. ($k^*$ is ...
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Is every separable algebra in a modular tensor category Morita equivalent to a commutative one?

Separable algebras in modular tensor categories are interesting algebraic structures, which have received significant attention because of their connection to conformal field theories. My ...
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Symmetries of module categories over the category of representations of quantum $sl(2)$

The category $\mathcal{C}_l$ of tilting modules of the quantum group $U_q(sl_2)$ quotiented out by the modules of zero quantum dimension has a natural structure as a semisimple monoidal category when ...
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Image, kernel, quotient and first isomorphism theorem, in a category of monoid objects

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a monoidal category and Mon$_{\mathcal{C}}$ the category of monoids (also called algebra objects) on $\mathcal{C}$. Questions: are there definitions of image and kernel for a ...
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Is there a subfactor construction involving 2-groups?

I seem to recall that there is a straightforward subfactor construction that yields fusion categories given by G-graded vector spaces and representations of G, for finite groups G. Is there an ...
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Are there workable algebraic geometry approaches for the pentagon equation?

A pentagon equation is a system of polynomial equations of degree $3$ with several variables and integer coefficients, given by a fusion ring. A fusion ring is given by a finite set of integer ...
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Existence of a finite group with a given decomposition for a tensor square of one irreducible complex representation

In this post, irrep and dim mean "irreducible complex representation" and "dimension", respectively. It would be helpful (in a problem of monoidal category) to find a finite group $G$ with (at least) ...
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What is a true invariant of $G$-crossed braided fusion categories?

Definition. An invariant of a (spherical) fusion category with extra structure is a number or a set or tuple of numbers preserved under (appropriate) equivalences. (Spherical) fusion categories have ...
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Is there a fusion category with an object which does not commute with its dual?

Does there exist a fusion category with an object $X$ such that $XX^*\ncong X^*X$ (where the isomorphism need not be natural in any way)? Feel free to add adjectives such as pivotal, spherical, ...
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Brauer-Picard for a fusion category coming from a quantum group

In Fusion Categories and Homotopy Theory, ENO attatch a 3-groupoid to a fusion category. In the case of A graded vector spaces they further compute it's truncation as an orthogonal group $O(A \...
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How weird can Modular Tensor Categories be over non-algebraically closed fields?

I am trying to understand better the behaviour and character of modular tensor categories over non-algebraically closed fields. How weird can they be? The reason I am interested in this is that my ...
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realizing fusion categories as subfactors of the hyperfinite

Let R be the hyperfinite II_1 or the hyperfinite III_1 factor (pick which ever one you prefer), and let Bim(R) denote the tensor category of R-R-bimodules. This question is inspired by the recent ...
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Is the modularisation of a unitary fusion category always unitary?

Suppose $\mathcal{C}$ is a unitary ribbon fusion category. Also assume that its symmetric centre has trivial twist and trivial pivotal structure, i.e. is tannakian. Thus, the Müger/Bruguières ...
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What are the intermediate subfactors of the tensor product of two maximal subfactors?

Let $(N_1 \subset M_1)$ and $(N_2 \subset M_2)$ be two maximal subfactors. Their tensor product, the subfactor $(N_1 \otimes N_2 \subset M_1 \otimes M_2)$, admits four obvious intermediate ...
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Is there a source for a diagrammatic description of the induction functor C->Z(C)?

Suppose that C is a fusion category (over the complex numbers) and that Z(C) is its Drinfel'd center. By definition an object in Z(C) consists of an object V in C together with a collection of half-...
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R-matrices and symmetric fusion categories

Given a $\mathbb{C}$-linear braided fusion category $\mathcal{C}$ containing a fusion rule of the form e.g. \begin{equation}X\otimes Y\cong A\oplus B \oplus C\end{equation} (where $A,B, C, X$ and $Y$ ...
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Morita equivalent algebras in a fusion category

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a braided $\mathbb{k}$-linear fusion category ($\mathbb{k}$ algebraically closed; if necessary to answer my question you can also assume $\mathcal{C}$ to be pivotal or even ...
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What classifies involutive automorphisms on finite groups? What classifies involutions on finite based rings?

Groups Let $G$ be a finite group. An involutive automorphism on $G$ is an automorphism $i\colon G \to G$ such that $i^2 = 1_G$. Question 1. What classifies involutive automorphisms on a given (non-...
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Does an equivalence of fusion categories depend on choice of simple objects within isomorphism classes?

Let $C$ be a fusion category with simple objects $X_1,...,X_n $, and let $Y_1,...,Y_n$ be objects with each $Y_i$ isomorphic to $X_i$. Is there a monoidal auto-equivalence $F:C \rightarrow C $ which ...
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If C is a fusion category over a field of nonzero characteristic and dim C = 0, is Z(C) ever fusion?

If $C$ is a fusion category and $\dim(C) \neq 0$ (the latter is automatic in characteristic zero, but not in nonzero characteristic), then the Drinfel'd center $Z(C)$ is fusion. More generally, if $C$...
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Suppose C and D are Morita equivalent fusion categories, can you say anything about R I: C->Z(C)=Z(D)->D?

If C and D are (higher) Morita equivalent fusion categories, then the Drinfel'd centers Z(C) and Z(D) are braided equivalent. Given any fusion category C we have a restriction functor Z(C)->C (by ...
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Conditions on the fusion data of symmetric fusion category

We know that every symmetric fusion category (SFC) gives rise to data $N^{ij}_k$ that describe the fusion of simple objects: $i\times j = N^{ij}_k k$, and the data $\theta_i =\pm 1$ that describe the ...
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6j symbols of SU(4) at level 4

Does anybody know of a reference that gives the (quantum) 6j symbols of SU(4) at level 4? Alternatively, I know the S-matrix and the fusion rules, in the form $a \times b = \sum_i N^{ab}_{c_i} c_i$ ...
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Fusion category and Hopf algebra

Let $H$ be a semisimple Hopf algebra over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero. Further, let $K\subseteq H$ be a normal Hopf subalgebra. As we all know, $H$ then can be reconstructed ...
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How to translate connection on four graphs to quantum 6j symbols

I need the explicit quantum 6j symbols for the Haagerup fusion category for a physics research project. This paper math/9803044 by Asaeda and Haagerup brute-force constructs the Haagerup subfactor, by ...
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Triviality of Semisimple Hopf Algebras of Cyclic Dimension

A cyclic number is a natural number $n$ such that any group of order $n$ is cyclic. A003277 Theorem (T. Szele, 1947): A number $n$ is cyclic if and only if it is coprime to its Euler totient $\varphi(...
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Open questions on (finite) tensor categories

I would like to know about problems on (finite) tensor categories. I have read Etingof´s notes from his course at MIT. I have a question: There exists any reference where I can find an open problem ...
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What is the exact meaning of “fusion” in the terminology “fusion category”?

I want to translate the terminology “fusion category” into Chinese, so I should know the exact meaning of "fusion". There are two translations in Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: 1.the process ...
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For what $G$ is $Rep(D(S_3))_{ad}$ Grothendieck equivalent to $Rep(G)$?

Given a fusion category $\mathcal C$, the Grothendieck Ring $K_0(\mathcal C)$ is the $\mathbb Z$-based ring whose basis elements correspond to isomorphism classes of simple objects and whose ...
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How to calculate the principal graphs of a fusion ring with a given simple object?

My understanding is that the principal graphs are a pair of undirected bipartite graphs, $\Gamma_+,\Gamma_-$. They can be calculated from a fusion ring with a given simple object $X$. How to calculate ...
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Non-trivial factor splitting from vacuum in TQFTs. F-move not unity?

Consider a unitary modular TQFT, defined by the F and R moves. More specifically, a braided tensor category relevant for anyon models in 2D topologically ordered phases of matter. I am interested in ...
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Connes Embedding Conjecture and Fusion Categories

I was recently introduced to Connes' Embedding Conjecture (CEC) which states: Every separable type $II_{1}$ factor is embeddable into $R^{\omega}$. Where $\omega$ is a generic free ultrafilter on $\...
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Is there an integral simple fusion ring rank<6, FPdim>60 and Frobenius type?

A fusion ring is a finite dimensional complex space $\mathbb{C}\mathcal{B}$ together with a distinguished basis $\mathcal{B} = \{ h_1,...,h_r\}$ and fusion rules $ h_i \cdot h_j = \sum_k n_{ij}^kh_k $...
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An alternative Cauchy theorem on Hopf algebras

Let $\mathbb{A}$ be a finite dimensional Hopf ${\rm C}^{\star}$-algebra. There already exists a generalization of Cauchy theorem using exponent, see Kashina, Sommerhaeuser, and Zhu - On higher ...
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Is there a non-trivial Hopf algebra without left coideal subalgebra?

Let $H$ be a finite dimensional Hopf ${\rm C}^{\star}$-algebra. A $\star$-subalgebra $I$ of $H$ is a left coideal if $\Delta(I) \subset H \otimes I$. $H$ is called maximal if it has no left coideal $\...
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Existence of a Kac algebra for a given fusion ring in a particular class

A $n$-dimensional Kac algebra (i.e., a Hopf C*-algebra), admits finitely many irreducible representations, whose cardinal $r$ is called its rank, the increasing sequence $(d_{1},d_{2},d_{3}, ..., d_{r}...
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Do purification and equivariantization commute?

Suppose that we have an action of a group $G$ on a (quasi-)Hopf algebra $H$, so that we can construct $H\rtimes G$ as in Majid's Cross Products by Braided Groups and Bosonization. It is known that $...
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What do “pivotal” and “spherical” mean for (unitary) fusion categories on the level of the $F$-symbols?

For me, a fusion category (over $\mathbb{C}$) is just a tensor $F$ (the associator, with $6$ simple-object labels and $4$ fusion space indices) and a tensor $d$ (the quantum dimensions, with one ...
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Local fusion categories

A local fusion category ${\cal R}$ is a unitary fusion category equipped with a top-faithful surjective monoidal functor to the fusion category of vector spaces: $\beta: {\cal R} \to {\cal V}ec$. Here,...
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Twists, balances, and ribbons in pivotal braided tensor categories

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a pivotal tensor category. Feel free to assume finiteness, semisimplicity, fusion, sphericality, unitarity or whatever makes things interesting. Which of the following structures ...