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Group actions in deformation quantization

Volume 123 / 2021

Simone Gutt Banach Center Publications 123 (2021), 37-62 MSC: 53D55; 53D20. DOI: 10.4064/bc123-2


This set of notes corresponds to a mini-course given in September 2018 in Będlewo; it does not contain any new result; it complements—with intersection—the introduction to formal deformation quantization and group actions published in 2017, corresponding to a course given in Villa de Leyva in July 2015.

After an introduction to the concept of deformation quantization, we briefly recall existence, classification and representation results for formal star products. We come then to results concerning the notion of formal star products with symmetries; one has a Lie group action (or a Lie algebra action) compatible with the Poisson structure, and one wants to consider star products such that the Lie group acts by automorphisms (or the Lie algebra acts by derivations). We recall in particular the link between left invariant star products on Lie groups and Drinfel’d twists, and the notion of universal deformation formulas. Classically, symmetries are particularly interesting when they are implemented by a moment map and we give indications to build a corresponding quantum moment map. Reduction is a construction in classical mechanics with symmetries which allows reducing the dimension of the manifold; we describe one of the various quantum analogues which have been considered in the framework of formal deformation quantization. We end up by some considerations about convergence of star products.


  • Simone GuttMembre de l’Académie Royale de Belgique
    Département de Mathématique
    Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Campus Plaine, CP 218
    Boulevard du Triomphe
    BE-1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

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