Tohoku Mathematical Journal

The braidings of mapping class groups and loop spaces

Yongjin Song

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The disjoint union of mapping class groups forms a braided monoidal category. We give an explicit expression of braidings in terms of both their actions on the fundamental group of the surface and the standard Dehn twists. This braided monoidal category gives rise to a double loop space. We prove that the action of little 2-cube operad does not extend to the action of little 3-cube operad by showing that the Browder operation induced by 2-cube operad action is nontrivial. A rather simple expression of Reshetikhin-Turaev representation is given for the sixteenth root of unity in terms of matrices with entries of complex numbers. We show by matrix calculation that this representation is symmetric with respect to the braid structure.

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Tohoku Math. J. (2), Volume 52, Number 2 (2000), 309-319.

First available in Project Euclid: 3 May 2007

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Primary: 18D10: Monoidal categories (= multiplicative categories), symmetric monoidal categories, braided categories [See also 19D23]
Secondary: 55S12: Dyer-Lashof operations 57M99: None of the above, but in this section

Mapping class groups Dehn twists braided monoidal category Browder operation Reshetikhin-Turaev representation


Song, Yongjin. The braidings of mapping class groups and loop spaces. Tohoku Math. J. (2) 52 (2000), no. 2, 309--319. doi:10.2748/tmj/1178224614.

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