Regular Seminar Ingo Runkel (Hamburg U.)
I would like to discuss a class of three-dimensional topological field theories called Reshetikhin-Turaev theories. Examples are Chern-Simons theories with compact gauge group. There are no point-like observables in these theories, and one typically considers line-observables, called Wilson lines. However, one can also discuss observables associated to surfaces. We will see how to describe such observables in Reshetikhin-Turaev TQFTs and look at some applications.