Date of Award

Fall 2006

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

First Advisor

Dmitri Nikshych


We define Jones's planar algebra as a map of multicategories and construct a planar algebra starting from a 1-cell in a pivotal strict 2-category. We introduce the concept of affine representations of a planar algebra and prove some finiteness results for the affine representations of finite depth planar algebras. We also show that the radius of convergence of the dimension of an affine representation of the planar algebra associated to a finite depth subfactor is at least as big as the inverse-square of the modulus.