Vincentas Mulevicius (U Hamburg): Defects in Douglas-Reutter 4-dimensional TQFT

Research Project:

A promising entry into the study of 4-dimensional TQFTs is the definition of state-sum invariants of 4-manifolds by Douglas-Reutter. In it a so-called spherical fusion 2-category is used as an input for a construction, analogous to that of 3-dimensional topological quantum field theories (TQFTs) of Turaev-Viro-Barrett-Westburry type. In dimensions 2 and 3 the state-sum TQFTs have been shown to be instances of generalised orbifolds of defect TQFTs. In fact, the notion of a state-sum TQFT in any dimension is conjecturally analogous to that of a generalised orbifold of the trivial defect TQFT. The aim of this project with Nils Carqueville and Lukas Müller is to demonstrate this in dimension 4, i.e. to formulate the Douglas-Reutter theory as a generalised orbifold. We will also explore how such description can be used to expand the 4-dimensional state-sum construction to include boundary conditions and domain walls, as well as defects of higher codimension.

Duration of stay: 

1st October - 31st December 2022

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Name Affiliation
Vincentas Mulevicius Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
At a glance
Junior Research Fellow
Oct. 1, 2022 — Dec. 31, 2022
Erwin Schrödinger Institute