Non-existence of natural states for Abelian Chern-Simons theory

Claudio Dappiaggi, Simone Murro, Alexander Schenkel
December 13, 2016
We give an elementary proof that Abelian Chern-Simons theory, described as a functor from oriented surfaces to C*-algebras, does not admit a natural state. Non-existence of natural states is thus not only a phenomenon of quantum field theories on Lorentzian manifolds, but also of topological quantum field theories formulated in the algebraic approach.

locally covariant quantum field theory, Chern-Simons theory, natural states