Tuesday Seminar on Topology

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Date, time & place Tuesday 17:00 - 18:30 056Room #056 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Organizer(s) KAWAZUMI Nariya, KITAYAMA Takahiro, SAKASAI Takuya

2008/05/20

17:00-18:30   Room #056 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Jer\^ome Petit (東京工業大学, JSPS)
Turaev-Viro TQFT splitting.
[ Abstract ]
The Turaev-Viro invariant is a 3-manifolds invariant. It is obtained in this way :
1) we use a combinatorial description of 3-manifolds, in this case it is : triangulation / Pachner moves
2) we define a scalar thanks to a categorical data (spherical category) and a topological data (triangulation)
3)we verify that the scalar is invariant under Pachner moves, then we obtain a 3-manifolds invariant.

The Turaev-Viro invariant can also be extended to a TQFT. Roughly speaking a TQFT is a data which assigns a finite dimensional vector space to every closed surface and a linear application to every 3-manifold with boundary.

In this talk, we will give a decomposition of the Turaev-Viro TQFT. More precisely, we decompose it into blocks. These blocks are given by a group associated to the spherical category which was used to construct the Turaev-Viro invariant. We will show that these blocks define a HQFT (roughly speaking a TQFT with an "homotopical data"). This HQFT is obtained from an homotopical invariant, which is the homotopical version of the Turaev-Viro invariant. Moreover this invariant can be used to obtain the homological Turaev-Viro invariant defined by Yetter.