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January 16, 2007

Towards the FFRS Description of 2dCFT (A)

Posted by Urs Schreiber

With a small group of students here in Hamburg, we want to talk about stuff that will eventually enable us to understand the FFRS theorem, which explains how 2-dimensional rational conformal field theories are characterized by special Frobenius algebra objects internal to modular tensor categories.

I have no idea if we will really get to this point in finite time, or what else will happen. But at least tomorrow I shall, informally, begin by explaining some basics of 2-dimensional topological field theory and its description in terms of Frobenius algebras.

Here are handwritten notes for the first session:

Frobenius algebra & 2-dimensional Topological Field Theory

It is clear that this leaves a lot of room for improvement. But it is a start.

I shall try to indicate

- what cobordism categories are

- why representations of these are addressed as quantum field theories

- what the generators and relations of 2-dimensional cobordisms look like

- why that implies that the corresponding field theories are given by Frobenius algebras .

Much of this goes back to the famous lecture

Greg Moore
D-Branes, RR-Fields and K-Theory
(slides).

There are some rather obvious-looking facts involved in this, which were strictly proven only in

A. Lauda & H. Pfeiffer
Open-closed strings: Two-dimensional extended TQFTs and Frobenius algebras
math.AT/0510664

Parts of the old lecture by Moore has now made it into this paper:

Gregory W. Moore, Graeme Segal
D-branes and K-theory in 2D topological field theory
hep-th/0609042 .


Next time one should explain

- what state sum models are

- how the coloring by Frobenius algebras can be understood using adjunctions

- how state sum models can be understood as locally trivialized 2-functors, generalizing the way that gerbe holonomy is described by Frobenius algebroids with invertible products

Posted at January 16, 2007 8:27 PM UTC

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