Drinfel´d doubles for (2+1)-gravity

In this new paper (arXiv:1303.3080) in collaboration with C. Meusburger, all possible Drinfel’d double structures for the anti-de Sitter Lie algebra so(2,2) and de Sitter Lie algebra so(3,1) in (2+1)-dimensions are explicitly constructed and analysed in terms of a kinematical basis adapted to (2+1)-gravity. Each of these structures provides in a canonical way a pairing among the (anti-)de Sitter generators, as well as a specific classical r-matrix, and the cosmological constant is included in them as a deformation parameter. It is shown that four of these structures give rise to a Drinfel’d double structure for the Poincaré algebra iso(2,1) in the limit where the cosmological constant tends to zero. We explain how these Drinfel’d double structures are adapted to (2+1)-gravity, and we show that the associated quantum groups are natural candidates for the quantum group symmetries of quantised (2+1)-gravity models and their associated non-commutative spacetimes.

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