Orbifolds of Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFTs

Nils Carqueville, Ingo Runkel, Gregor Schaumann

We construct three classes of generalised orbifolds of Reshetikhin-Turaev theory for a modular tensor category C, using the language of defect TQFT: (i) spherical fusion categories give orbifolds for the "trivial" defect TQFT associated to Vect, (ii) G-crossed extensions of C give group orbifolds for any finite group G, and (iii) we construct orbifolds from commutative Δ-separable Frobenius algebras in C. We also explain how the Turaev-Viro state sum construction fits into our framework by proving that it is isomorphic to the orbifold of case (i). Moreover, we treat the cases (ii) and (iii) in the more general setting of ribbon tensor categories. For case (ii) we show how Morita equivalence leads to isomorphic orbifolds, and we discuss Tambara-Yamagami categories as particular examples.

Keywords: topological quantum field theory, orbifold construction, Reshetikhin-Turaev theory, modular tensor categories

2020 MSC: 57K16, 18M20, 57R56

Theory and Applications of Categories, Vol. 35, 2020, No. 15, pp 513-561.

Published 2020-04-24.


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