Quantum groups and stochastic models. (English) Zbl 1098.81048

Mladenov, Ivaïlo (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 7th international conference on geometry, integrability and quantization, Sts. Constantine and Elena, Bulgaria, June 2–10, 2005. Sofia: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (ISBN 954-8495-30-9/pbk). 57-78 (2006).
Summary: The aim of this paper is to show that stochastic models provide a very good playground to enhance the utility of quantum groups. Quantum groups arise naturally and the deformation parameter has a direct physical meaning for diffusion systems where it is just the ratio of left/right probability rate. In the matrix product state approach to diffusion processes the stationary probability distribution is expressed as a matrix product state with respect to a quadratic algebra which defines a noncommutative space with a quantum group action as its symmetry. Boundary processes amount for the appearance of parameter-dependent linear terms in the algebra which leads to a reduction of the bulk symmetry.
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81R50 Quantum groups and related algebraic methods applied to problems in quantum theory