Thu, 10 Jun 2021
University of Oxford
The goal of this talk is to present some elementary examples of fusion 2-categories whilst doing as little higher category theory as possible. More precisely, it turns out that up to a canonical completion operation, certain higher fusion categories are entirely described by their maximal subspaces. I will briefly motivate this completion operation in the 1-categorical case, and go on to explain why working with spaces is good enough in this particular case. Then, we will review some fact about $E_n$-algebras, and why they come into the picture. Finally, we will have a look at some small examples arising from finite groups.