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How to understand topological order at finite temperature?

I have heard that in 2+1D, there are no topological order in finite temperature. Topological entanglement entropy $\gamma$ is zero except in zero temperature. However, we still observe some features ...
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Reading list in topological QFT

I'm interested in learning about topological QFT including Chern Simons theory, Jones polynomial, Donaldson theory and Floer homology - basically the kind of things Witten worked on in the 80s. I'm ...
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Two definitions of topological terms in field theory

I've seen two distinct definitions for "topological" terms in the context of quantum field theory. Topological terms don't depend on the metric $g_{\mu\nu}$. This makes sense since topology is '...
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Are there more recent developments on connections between QFT and knot theory than Witten's initial 1989 paper?

What has happened in the field of QFT and knot theory since Witten's paper "Quantum field theory and the Jones polynomial" from 1989? What resources should one read to get up-to-date on this story? ...
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What areas of physics should a mathematician study to understand TQFT?

I am studying topological quantum field theory from the view point of mathematics (axiomatic treatise). So it has no explanation about physics. I would like to know physic background of TQFT. But I ...
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Physical side of TQFT

How would one go about understanding the physical side of TQFTs? What are the best introductory resources? I know Atiyah axioms but I don't know any QFT.
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Quantum field theory with constraint: energy-momentum conservation?

Suppose I have a 2-form field $B$ and a Lagrange multiplier field $\lambda$, then the Lagrangian $S = \int (B \wedge \delta B + \lambda \delta B \wedge \delta B)$ with a Lie derivative operator $\...
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Partition functions for a (3+1)-d TQFT

It is well known that for a Chern-Simons theory defined on an arbitrary (2+1)-d oriented manifold, its partition function can be evaluated based on Witten's surgery method. My question is: is there a ...
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Large gauge transformations for higher p-form gauge fields

Question: What is the large gauge transformations for higher p-form gauge field on a spatial d-dimensional torus $T^d$ or a generic (compact) manifold $M$? for p=1,2,3, etc or any other integers. Is ...
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Why RR cohomology is important in string theory?

I want to know the RR cohomology in string theory or topological field theory in detail. (RR stands for Ramond Ramond). In following papers they compute the nilpotency of differential operator for RR ...
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Weaker Formulations of Bulk-boundary Correspondence for Interacting Systems

From this post, it seems that bulk-boundary correspondence does not hold in general for interacting systems. What is meant by bulk-boundary correspondence there appears to be the existence of robust (...
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Equivariant cohomology and Mayer-Vietoris sequence

I'm reading this article upon topological field theory and I'm a bit confused about the way he compute equivariant cohomology of $S^2$ wrt $\mathrm{U}(1)$, i.e. $H^\bullet_{S^1}(S^2)$. You can find ...
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What do we exactly mean by a “topological object” in physics?

I have been working on topological defects like monopoles, etc. for some time. One think that I have not been able to understand is the physical meaning of the phrase "topological object". I have ...
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How is a half twist of a diagram equivalent to exchanging anyons?

Consider the fusion of $a$ and $b$ to form $c$, with the exchange of anyons $a$ and $b$, as per Pachos' book Introduction to Topological Quantum Computation. I'm confused how the half twist of $c$ ...
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What makes a system topological?

As I understand, if the Chern number which is obtained by integrating Berry curvature over a surface with a boundary is an integer, then the Chern number is a topological invariant. So when does Chern ...
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Supertrace of holonomy of commutator

On page 47 of Surface operators in four-dimensional topological gauge theory and Langlands duality by Kapustin et al., the following expression is given \begin{equation} \delta\mathcal{N}=d(\omega_\...
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TQFT's as effective theories of the groundstate subspace

I often hear: "The degenerate groundstate subspace of a QFT is often a TQFT". I'm trying to work out an example of this for, say, superconductors: In the context of condensed matter physics, the ...
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No monopoles in the Weinberg-Salam model

I'm reading Chapter 10.4 on the 't Hooft-Polyakov monopoles in Ryder's Quantum Field Theory. On page 412 he explains why magnetic monopoles cannot appear in the Weinberg-Salam model. I'm I right by ...
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What do we learn from gravity in three spacetime dimensions?

The last decades there has been a lot of research going on in the the area of three dimensional gravity. The motivation, I understand, is threefold: Whereas gravity is not perturbatively ...
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How does Haldane conjecture follow from the topological $\Theta$ term

The one dimensional SU(2) Heisenberg quantum spin chain is known to be described by the 1+1d O(3) nonlinear $\sigma$ model with a $\Theta$ term, following the action $$S=\int\mathrm{d}^2x\frac{1}{g}(\...
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What does it mean physically if pentagon identity or hexagon identity doesn't have any answers?

Imagine I write a fusion rule for some anyons on a paper. Then, I try to solve Pentagon identity and Hexagon identity, imagine finally I find out for example the Hexagonal equation doesn't have any ...
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Three-Dimensional Gravity

Does anyone have any references that discuss gravity in three-dimensions? I'm trying to make my way through some papers by Witten relating $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ Chern-Simons theory and gravity in three ...
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Few basic questions about instantons

For the $SU(2)$ Yang-Mill's theory, (1) how can one understand that the finite action solutions of the Euclidean equations of motion (called Instantons) exhibit tunneling effects? (2) Since, this ...
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Why are there $F$-symbols in the splitting in anyon theory?

I am learning some basic knowledge of anyon theory by reading P. Bonderson's thesis: http://thesis.library.caltech.edu/2447/2/thesis.pdf. $F$-symbols and $R$-symbols are two basic operations on ...
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Topological susceptibility

In QCD we have strong CP violation (and hence a $\theta$-dependence of the theory) only if the topological susceptibility of the vacuum is nonzero: $<F\tilde{F},F\tilde{F}>_{q \rightarrow 0} =...
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Dilemma: Fusion space from a direct sum of anyons or NOT

In Preskill's note, 9.1.2 in page 44, concerning the fusion space, it states that: The fusion rules of the model specify the possible values of the total charge $c$ when the constituents have ...
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Linear sigma models and integrable systems

I'm a mathematician who recently became very interested in questions related to mathematical physics but somehow, I already have difficulties in penetrating the literature... I'd highly appreciate any ...
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TQFT lectures with exercises

I'm interested in topological quantum field theory and study works of Witten and others by myself. Does anybody know where can I find any good exercises in this subject? By "good" I mean something ...
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1/m Laughlin state and $U(1)_M$ chiral CFT

I am a little confused that people claim that the edge theory of a 1/m Laughlin state corresponds to a $U(1)_m$ chiral CFT. This indicates there should be $m$ primary field operators in $U(1)_m$ ...
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What exactly is the “diagonal embedding” in the supersymmetric topological twist?

Consider $\mathcal{N}=2$ pure SYM theory. If we want to put the theory in a 4-manifold we take its topological twist. The global symmetry group $$G= SU(2)_{+} \times SU(2)_{-} \times SU(2)_I \times U(...
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Equivariant cohomology formula

I'm studying equivariant cohomology on three references: Szabo's review about equivariant localization (S); Libine's note on equivariant cohomology (L); Berline, Getzler, Vigne's book "Heat Kernels ...
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Orbifold with discrete torsion

I'm trying to understand some of the early works of Vafa and Witten [1-3]. The way I look at orbifolds is they are the quotient space $M/G$. This is simply a quotient manifold when the action of $G$ ...
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Topology and Quantum Field Theory

I am interested in finding any one particle state $\left| \Psi \right>$, mostly possibly topological in nature like a kink, such that $$ \left< VAC | R \widetilde{R} | \Psi \right> \neq 0$...
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Basic questions about fusion of two anyons

Suppose we have two anyons $a$ and $b$ on a manifold, and we use $|a\otimes b\rangle$ to label the corresponding wavefunction. Based on the fusion rule: $a\otimes b=\oplus_c N_{ab}^c c$, we may ...
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Anyons as particles?

I'm trying to understand the basics of anyons physics. I understand there is neither a Fock space they live in (because Fock is just the space of (anti-)symmetrized tensor product state, see e.g. ...
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Group Cohomology and Topological Field Theories

I have a two-part question: First and foremost: I have been going through the paper by Dijkgraaf and Witten "Group Cohomology and Topological Field Theories". Here they give a general definition for ...
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What is the algebraic property that corresponds to a topological term?

Warning: This question will be fairly ill-posed. I have spent a lot of time trying to make it better posed without success, so please bear with me. A single $SU(2)$ spin may be represented by the $0+...
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R-matrix for $SU(N)_k$ anyon model

Does anyone know the $R$-move or $R$-matrix for $SU(N)_k$ anyon model? Thanks! For the definition of $R$-move or $R$-matrix, please see the definition in Eq.(2.30) of this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/...
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Quantum field theory variants

Wikipedia describes many variants of quantum field theory: conformal quantum field theory topological quantum field theory axiomatic/constructive quantum field theory algebraic quantum field theory ...
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Total quantum dimension of excitations in the Toric code

In the Toric code, the excitations are e, m, fermion $\epsilon$ and vacuum. Thus, the total quantum dimension is $D= \sqrt{\sum{d_{a}^{2}}} = 2$. It seems one takes into account all sorts of possible ...
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Have Witten-type TQFT's nonconservation of energy and momentum in interactions?

Witten-type topological quantum field theories are based on cohomology theories. Every observable must lie in a cohomology class. May be $G$ a geometric field. Then every observable expectation value ...
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How to derive the effective action or Vertex generating functional of complex scalar field?

I am studying-self QFT. Recently, I am studying and trying to follow the calculation of the Ginzburg-Landau free energy functional of superconductor in this paper:http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/0108256. ...
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What are the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM before twisting and after twisting?

I am confused with the global symmetries of $\mathcal{N}=2$ SYM. On one hand I know that the theory has a $U(2)_R = SU(2)_R \times U(1)_R$ symmetry. Now, there exists also a $U(1)_B$ global symmetry. ...
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6j symbols with Majorana indices

The Levin-Wen model is a Hamiltonian formulation of Turaev-Viro (2 + 1)d TQFTs. It can be constructed from a unitary fusion category $\mathcal{C}$, which can be equivalently defined using $6j$ symbols:...
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Generalization of De Rham cohomology for spinor fields

I am interested in possible generalizations of The De Rham cohomology for spinor fields. I am also interested in applications to physics such as in the construction of topological charges I can see ...
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On open Gromov-Witten invariants of the projective line

apologies in advance in case this is a stupid question. I'm a mathematician interested in mathematical physics, but, again, penetrating the physics literature is not so easy for me. In the ...
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The bounds of axion domain walls are axion strings?

There are two phase transitions which are important for the axion physics. The first one is Peccei-Quinn phase transition, during which axions arise. The second one is QCD phase transition, at which ...
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Correlation length during phase transitions in early Universe

During phase transitions of the second kind topological defects may form on the bounds of two areas separated by correlation length. In early Universe during phase transitions correlation length $l_{...
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Representation theory and the Nekrasov partition function

Is there any review or lecture notes on the Nekrasov partition function which particularly thinks of this from a representation theorist's point of view? Some possibly related references I know of ...
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Topological configurations and phase transitions

It is known that topological defects might appear only during phase transitions of the first kind, while continuous transitions of the second kind and crossovers don't product them. How to explain ...