symmetric monoidal (∞,1)-category of spectra
The notion of quantum group refers to various objects which are deformations of (algebras of functions on) groups, but still have very similar properties to (algebras of functions on) groups, and in particular to semisimple Lie groups. Most important are the Hopf algebras deforming the function algebras on semisimple Lie groups or to the enveloping algebras of Kac-Moody Lie algebras.
It is a common experience in representation theory that a number of mathematical structures behaves very similarly to algebraic or Lie groups. After the impetus of the theory of quantum integrable systems, mainly the work of Leningrad’s school of mathematical physics around 1980, several mathematicians (including Drinfeld, Manin, Woronowicz, Jimbo, Faddeev–Reshetikhin–Takhtajan) found, in different formalisms, major series of examples which are mostly noncommutative noncocommutative Hopf algebras and which deform enveloping algebras of (semisimple) Lie algebras, or algebras of functions on the corresponding algebraic groups. These deformations depend on a parameter (sometimes one prefers a formal parameter with ), which may be taken as belonging to the ground field, but also being formal (transcendental over the ground field). A peculiar case is when the parameter of the deformation is an -th root of unity; the remaining cases are usually called generic .
The representation theory for these ‘quantum’ examples is highly developed; in fact many phenomena in the representation theory of semisimple Lie algebras (e.g. canonical bases) were discovered first as a limiting case of constructions in the quantum case, which become degenerate in the classical case (the principle that quantization removes degeneracy). While representations for generic parallel classical ones, the theory at roots of unity is peculiar and related to the representation theory of affine Lie algebras; the quantum groups at roots of unity as algebras have big centers.
Nowadays, both the class of examples and the class of formalisms has been extended a lot, hence the term ‘quantum group’ is not a fixed notion but rather a collective term for a rather author-dependent class of group-like objects, most often subclasses or extensions of the concept of Hopf algebras which are sometimes required to belong to families of deformations of their classical counterparts. One of the common features is that if we forget the group-like features, the examples belong to the class of noncommutative spaces (see noncommutative geometry).
Mathematically better defined are notions (sometimes equated by various authors with the class of quantum groups) like quasitriangular Hopf algebras, quantum matrix groups? (quantum linear groups, more general FRT-algebras and Majid’s where is a quantum Yang-Baxter equation), quantized enveloping algebras, quantum function algebras, compact matrix pseudogroups, Kac algebras, Yangians etc. The representations of quasitriangular Hopf algebras form braided monoidal categories, which are in main examples related to the mathematics of Iwahori–Hecke algebras, braid groups, knot theory, finite group Chern–Simons theory and Wess–Zumino–Novikov–Witten theory of CFT. One should note that in the classical limit quantum function algebras give not simply (functions on) algebraic (or Lie) groups but also a compatible (= multiplicative) Poisson structure giving rise to Poisson–Lie or Poisson algebraic groups.
There is an extensive geometric theory of homogeneous spaces for quantum groups and fiber bundles whose structure groups are quantum groups.
|monoid/associative algebra||category of modules|
|sesquialgebra||2-ring = monoidal presentable category with colimit-preserving tensor product|
|bialgebra||strict 2-ring: monoidal category with fiber functor|
|Hopf algebra||rigid monoidal category with fiber functor|
|hopfish algebra (correct version)||rigid monoidal category (without fiber functor)|
|weak Hopf algebra||fusion category with generalized fiber functor|
|quasitriangular bialgebra||braided monoidal category with fiber functor|
|triangular bialgebra||symmetric monoidal category with fiber functor|
|quasitriangular Hopf algebra (quantum group)||rigid braided monoidal category with fiber functor|
|triangular Hopf algebra||rigid symmetric monoidal category with fiber functor|
|supercommutative Hopf algebra (supergroup)||rigid symmetric monoidal category with fiber functor and Schur smallness|
|form Drinfeld double||form Drinfeld center|
|trialgebra||Hopf monoidal category|
|monoidal category||2-category of module categories|
|Hopf monoidal category||monoidal 2-category (with some duality and strictness structure)|
|monoidal 2-category||3-category of module 2-categories|
Hopf algebra, bialgebra, gebra, braided monoidal category, noncommutative algebraic geometry, noncommutative geometry, Hopf-Galois extension, matrix bialgebra, Knizhnik-Zamolodchikov equation, Tannaka duality, Yangian, Yang-Baxter equation, classical Yang-Baxter equation, quantum Yang-Baxter equation, dynamical Yang-Baxter equation
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