Cyclic Framed Little Disks Algebras, Grothendieck–Verdier Duality And Handlebody Group Representations

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  • Lukas Müller
  • Lukas Woike
We characterize cyclic algebras over the associative and the framed little 2-disks operad in any symmetric monoidal bicategory. The cyclicity is appropriately treated in a coherent way, that is up to coherent isomorphism. When the symmetric monoidal bicategory is specified to be a certain symmetric monoidal bicategory of linear categories subject to finiteness conditions, we prove that cyclic associative and cyclic framed little 2-disks algebras, respectively, are equivalent to pivotal Grothendieck–Verdier categories and ribbon Grothendieck–Verdier categories, a type of category that was introduced by Boyarchenko–Drinfeld based on Barr’s notion of a ⋆-autonomous category. We use these results and Costello’s modular envelope construction to obtain two applications to quantum topology: I) We extract a consistent system of handlebody group representations from any ribbon Grothendieck–Verdier category inside a certain symmetric monoidal bicategory of linear categories and show that this generalizes the handlebody part of Lyubashenko’s mapping class group representations. II) We establish a Grothendieck–Verdier duality for the category extracted from a modular functor by evaluation on the circle (without any assumption on semisimplicity), thereby generalizing results of Tillmann and Bakalov–Kirillov.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Quarterly Journal of Mathematics
Volume74
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)163-245
Number of pages83
ISSN0033-5606
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2023

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