Spin modular categories

  • Anna Beliakova

    Universität Zürich, Switzerland
  • Christian Blanchet

    Université Paris-Diderot, France
  • Eva Contreras

    University of California, Berkeley, USA
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Modular categories are a well-known source of quantum 3-manifold invariants. In this paper we study structures on modular categories which allow to define refinements of quantum 3-manifold invariants involving cohomology classes or generalized spin and complex spin structures. A crucial role in our construction is played by objects which are invertible under tensor product. All known examples of cohomological or spin type renements of the Witten–Reshetikhin–Turaev 3-manifold invariants are special cases of our construction. In addition, we establish a splitting formula for the refined invariants, generalizing the well-known product decomposition of quantum invariants into projective ones and those determined by the linking matrix.

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Anna Beliakova, Christian Blanchet, Eva Contreras, Spin modular categories. Quantum Topol. 8 (2017), no. 3, pp. 459–504

DOI 10.4171/QT/95