quantum field state on the tetrahedron

1 Topological Quantum Field (TQFT) State on the Tetrahedron

Let us consider first a regular tetrahedronMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath (http://planetmath.org/TetrahedronMathworldPlanetmath) whose corners will have attached to them the TQFT symbols representing a TQF state in terms of so-called ‘6j-symbols’ as further detailed next. The vertices of the tetrahedron are located at the points (ax,ay,az), (bx,by,bz), (cx,cy,cz), and (dx,dy,dz), that will be labeled, respectively, as 1,2,3,4.

Definition 1.1.

A quantum field (QF) state ϕ provides a total order denoted by ϕ on the vertices of the tetrahedron, and thus also assigns a ‘direction’ to each edge of the tetrahedron–from the apparently ‘smaller’ to the apparently ‘larger’ vertices; a QF state also labels each edge e=(i,j), by an element ϕ1(e) of BA, which is a distinguished basis of a fusion algebra 𝒜, that is, a finite-dimensional, unital, involutive algebra over –the field of complex numbers. Moreover, the QF state assigns an element ϕ2(f) –called an intertwiner– of a Hilbert spaceMathworldPlanetmath


to each face f=(ijk) of the tetrahedron, such that iϕjϕk.

Notes: A topological quantum field theory (TQFT) is described as a mathematical approach to quantum field theory that allows the computation of topological invariants of quantum state spacesPlanetmathPlanetmath (QSS), usually for cases of lower dimensions encountered in certain condensed phases or strongly correlated (quantum) superfluid states. TQFT has some of its origins in theoretical physics as well as Michael Atiyah (http://planetmath.org/MichaelFrancisAtiyah)’s research; this was followed by Edward Witten, Maxim Kontsevich, Jones and Donaldson, who all have been awarded Fields Medals for work related to topological quantum field theory; furthermore, Edward Witten and Maxim Kontsevich shared in 2008 the Crafoord prize for TQFT related work. As an example, Maxim Kontsevich introduced the concept of homological mirror (quantum) symmetryMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath in relation to a mathematical conjecture in superstring theory.


  • 1 V. Kodyiyalam and V. S. Sunder. 2001. http://planetmath.org/?op=getobj&from=books&id=174Topological Quantum Field Theories From Subfactors ., Chapman and Hall/CRC.
Title quantum field state on the tetrahedron
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