On a family of non-unitarizable ribbon categories Academic Article uri icon


  • We consider several families of categories. The first are quotients of H. Andersen's tilting module categories for quantum groups of Lie type B at odd roots of unity. The second consists of categories of type BC constructed from idempotents in BMW-algebras. Our main result is to show that these families coincide as braided tensor categories using a recent theorem of Tuba and Wenzl. By appealing to similar results of Blanchet and Beliakova we obtain another interesting equivalence with these two families of categories and the quantum group categories of Lie type C at odd roots of unity. The morphism spaces in these categories can be equipped with a Hermitian form and we are able to show that these categories are never unitary and no braided tensor category sharing the Grothendieck semiring common to these families is unitarizable. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Rowell, E. C.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Rowell, EC

publication date

  • August 2005