We study discrete symmetries of Dijkgraaf–Witten theories and their gauging in the framework of (extended) functorial quantum field theory. Non-abelian group cohomology is used to describe discrete symmetries and we derive concrete conditions for such a symmetry to admit ’t Hooft anomalies in terms of the Lyndon–Hochschild–Serre spectral sequence. We give an explicit realization of a discrete gauge theory with ’t Hooft anomaly as a state on the boundary of a higher-dimensional Dijkgraaf–Witten theory. This allows us to calculate the 2-cocycle twisting the projective representation of physical symmetries via transgression. We present a general discussion of the bulk-boundary correspondence at the level of partition functions and state spaces, which we make explicit for discrete gauge theories.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Mathematical Physics