The conformal-field-theory tag has no wiki summary.

**5**

votes

**0**answers

456 views

### Neveu-Schwarz and Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT

My question is about the Neveu-Schwarz and the Ramond sector in the free fermion CFT.
The setup is as follows.
We consider two dimensional Minkowski space with a point removed $M = \mathbb{R}^{1, ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

189 views

### Verlinde Formula and Theta Function Identities

The paper Fusion rules and modular transformations in 2D conformal field theory by Erik Verlinde mentions a simple case of rational conformal field theory, where the fusion algebra is just ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

182 views

### minimal energy of affine Lie algebra reps

Let $\mathfrak g$ be a simple Lie algebra.
Let $\widetilde{L\mathfrak g}$ be the universal central extension of $L\mathfrak g:=\mathfrak g[t,t^{-1}]$. Let $V_\lambda$ be a positive energy ...

**7**

votes

**2**answers

451 views

### Free Boson Correlator $ \langle X(z)X(w) \rangle =- \ln |z - w| $

In physics papers, the massless free boson has a definition involving an action:
$$ S(X) = \frac{1}{8\pi} \int d\sigma^2\, \partial X \overline{\partial X}$$
The random functions $X(z)$ are ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

577 views

### 2d Ising model in conformal fields theory and statistical mechanics

I am not completely sure that this question is appropriate for this mathematical site. But since in the past I did get on MO couple of times nice answers to rather physical questions, I will try. ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

217 views

### In what condition is a conformal flat manifold flat?

$g^{\mu\nu}(x)=\Omega^{2}(x)g'^{\mu\nu}(x)$ is a conformal transformation.
If $g'^{\mu\nu}$ is flat, what kind of $\Omega(x)$ is choosed can make $g^{\mu\nu}$ flat.
We can think about any dimension ...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

464 views

### Interpreting the CS/WZW correspondence

It is understood that there is a correspondence between the 3d Chern-Simons topological quantum field theory (TQFT) and the 2d Wess-Zumino-Witten conformal quantum field theory (CQFT). A good summary ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

373 views

### $\text{Rep}(D(G))$ as representation category of a vertex operator algebra

The category of representations $\text{Rep}(D(G))$ of the quantum double of a finite group is well-known to be a modular tensor category. Can these modular tensor categories also be obtained as ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

97 views

### Vertex Operators with nonlinear terms in Conformal Field Theory

Suppose that we have a simple theory described by the following Hamiltonian
$$
H=\sum_{k>0}k a_k^{\dagger}a_k,
$$
where $[a_k,a_{k'}^{\dagger}]=\delta_{k,k'}$. We can usually define the Vertex ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

260 views

### Duality between orbifold and quasi-Hopf algebra (twisted quantum doubles)

A quick Question:
Is there some duality known between the quasi Hopf algebra
$D^\omega(H)$ of a finite group $H$ to an orbifold model (such as
SU(2)/$G$ or SO(3)/$G$ orbifold of some ...

**21**

votes

**5**answers

1k views

### Verlinde's formula

"Verlinde's formula" predicts the dimension of the space of conformal blocks of a chiral CFT.
Depending on...
• which chiral CFT one considers (does one restrict to WZW models, or not?)
...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

218 views

### What are Euler density and Weyl invariants?

I would like to know as to what is the definition and significance of what are called "Euler density" and "Weyl invariants" (of weight $-d$ on a $d-$manifold)
Do many (which?) of them vanish when ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

320 views

### A gentle introduction to CFT [closed]

1) Which is the definition of a conformal field theory?
2) Which are the physical prerequisites one would need to start studying conformal field theories?
(i.e Does one need to know supersymmetry? ...

**7**

votes

**0**answers

237 views

### The space-time dimension of the N-superstring theory?

Let $\mathfrak{W}$ be the Lie algebra generated by $d_{n} = ie^{in\theta}\frac{d}{d\theta}$ and $\mathfrak{Vir} = \mathfrak{W} \oplus C \mathbb{C}$ its central extension:
$$
...

**6**

votes

**0**answers

236 views

### Are there exactly solvable CFTs?

I am wondering if there are CFTs such that n-point correlation functions in them of the fields (may be the primaries or of some notion of twist fields) is exactly known.
Are there such?
Aren't ...

**11**

votes

**1**answer

842 views

### Is this error in this paper of Langlands fixable?

The FQS criterion for the Virasoro algebra was discovered by Friedan, Qiu and Shenker (1), but the mathematicians found their proof insufficient, so that, FQS (2) and Langlands (3), published in the ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

132 views

### Proving conformal invariance of a field theory by property of its stress energy tensor.

I have a question about proving conformal invariance of a field theory by property of its stress energy tensor.
In physics there is argument that when the stress-energy tensor is traceless, ...

**19**

votes

**1**answer

727 views

### Has the conformally field theoretic metric on a Calabi-Yau variety been proved to exist?

Let $(X,g)$ be a compact Kähler manifold. Physics allows us to consider a supersymmetric
sigma model with target $(X,g)$, which is a N=2 two-dimensional field theory.
From the two-dimensional point ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

178 views

### Quantum Drinfeld-Sokolov reduction for a module

There is a well-established procedure for quantizing the Drinfeld-Sokolov reduction for an affine Lie algebra. In particular, this paper of de Boer and Tjin describes an algorithm to produce the ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

246 views

### fake Calabi-Yau threefold

(1) What is a "fake Calabi-Yau threefold"? Can I describe as a complex or symplectic manifold with trivial canonical bundle, but no compatible Kahler structure? Some mathematicians actually seem to ...

**7**

votes

**1**answer

601 views

### wrapping M5-branes on a Riemann surface

AdS/CFT gives us a way to use geometry to study field theory! I am trying to wrap M5-branes on a Riemann surface $\Sigma_{g}$. In my problem, for a Riemann surface in 11d, the normal bundle is max ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

263 views

### pseutotensor category

In the paper B. Bakalov, A.D'Andrea and V.G.Kac, Theory of finite pseudoalgebras, section 3, one finds the following definition of pseudotensor category:
A pseudotensor category is a class of ...

**24**

votes

**6**answers

4k views

### Explanations for mathematicians, about the falsifiability (or not) of string theory [closed]

Like many other mathematicians, I think string theory very attractive. This theory has wonderfully influenced many new topics in mathematics (I myself have worked on one of them), but it's not the ...

**7**

votes

**5**answers

473 views

### Example for non equivalent rational full CFTs with same modular invariant (partition function)

I am looking for a counter example which shows, that a full rational 2D CFT (with respect to a given chiral subtheory) is not characterized by its modular invariant partition function. People tell me ...

**11**

votes

**2**answers

826 views

### What happens to Virasoro at c=25?

The Virasoro algebras $Vir_c$ are a family of infinite dimensional Lie *-algebras parametrized by a real number $c$, called the central charge.¹
I hear that there exist two critical values of the ...

**14**

votes

**2**answers

590 views

### Is this a vertex algebroid?… What is vertex algebroid?

A couple of day ago, I was lamenting to a friend about the fact that I have no idea what vertex algebroids are.
During our discussion, I came up with a guess of what a vertex algebroid might be.
I'm ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

183 views

### Analytic curve on Riemann surface

Suppose there is a closed analytic curve $C$ on a Riemann surface $S$, that is the image of a map $\gamma$ from the equator $E$ of the Riemann sphere to the surface $S$ which is a restriction of a ...

**12**

votes

**2**answers

625 views

### What do correlation functions compute in CFT?

I would like to understand what correlation functions compute in Conformal Field Theory in mathematics. Let me begin with basic definitions. We define a free boson field $\phi(z)$ as a formal power ...

**11**

votes

**0**answers

814 views

### conformal blocks for beginners

I have given now a couple of talks that involve conformal blocks bundles on the moduli stack $\overline{\mathcal{M}}_{g,n}$, in front of a public of algebraic geometers but not specialists of the ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

253 views

### definitions of primary fields

I have come across two similar definitions of primary fields in conformal field theory. Depending on what I am doing each definition has its own usefulness. I expect both definitions to be compatible ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

199 views

### Algebra out of a set of modules of a Lie algebra? Fusion

The problem I faced is how to organize a set of finite-dimensional irreducible representations $U_\alpha$ of some simple Lie algebra $g$ into an Lie algebra $A$ that contains $g$ as a Lie subalgebra ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

175 views

### Why is there a discrepancy between the normalizations of the central terms for the commutation relations of the Virasoro versus Neveu-Schwarz Lie algebras?

Following the standard conventions in the literature, the commutation relations of the Virasoro Lie algebra are given by
$$[L_m,L_n]=(m-n)L_{m+n}+\delta_{m,-n}\frac1{12}(m^3-m)c,$$
$$[c,L_n]=0.$$
...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

416 views

### Character of parity-twisted supersymmetric VOA module — question inspired by the Stolz-Teichner program

I'll begin with some background that is unnecessary for the actual question, but that might be interesting to the reader:
Topological modular forms ($TMF$) is a generalized cohomology theory whose ...

**17**

votes

**6**answers

3k views

### The Chern-Simons/Wess-Zumino-Witten correspondence

I have often seen a relationship being alluded to between these two theories but I am unable to find any literature which proves/derives/explains this relationship.
I guess in the condensed matter ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

359 views

### Is there a fusion rule in positive characteristic?

Verlinde's fusion gives a certain "tensor product" of representations of loop groups. The category of representations of loop groups has (essentially equivalent) two incarnations. One is analytic, ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

340 views

### eigenspinors of Dirac operator

$M$ compact manifold. Let $\lambda$ be an eigenvalue for the Dirac operator of multiplicity greater than 2. I'm interested in showing the existence of two linearly independant eigenspinors $u$ and $v$ ...

**4**

votes

**0**answers

359 views

### Correlation functions of complex operators

One defines the "scaling dimension" (as opposed to "engineering dimension") of an operator $\cal{O}$ as $[\cal{O}]$ such that if $\cal{O}(t^{-1}x) = t^{[\cal{O}]}\cal{O}(x)$ then the Lagrangian in ...

**12**

votes

**1**answer

509 views

### What is known about the connection of positive energy representations of loop groups and modular forms

At the end of Section 14.1 in Pressley, Segal "Loop Groups" there is the remark that
the partition function is a modular function in the sense that the Dedekind $\eta$ function is a modular form. I ...

**44**

votes

**3**answers

3k views

### What exactly is the relation between string theory and conformal field theory?

Maybe it would be helpful for me to summarize the little bit I
think know. A 2D CFT assigns a Hilbert space ${\cal H}$ to a circle and
an operator
$$A(X): {\cal H}^{\otimes n}\rightarrow {\cal ...

**32**

votes

**1**answer

1k views

### H^4 of the Monster

The Monster group $M$ acts on the moonshine vertex algebra $V^\natural$.
Because $V^\natural$ is a holomorphic vertex algebra (i.e., it has a unique irreducible module), there is a corresponding ...

**18**

votes

**0**answers

697 views

### local equivalence of loop group representations

Let $G$ be a compact, simple, connected, simply connected (cscsc) Lie group, and let its smooth loop group $LG:=C^\infty(S^1,G)$. Given an interval $I\subset S^1$, we have the local loop group
$$
L_IG ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

468 views

### Is there a canonical map between the cohomology of orbifold Chiral de Rham on an orbifold and the cohomology of Chiral de Rham on a crepant resolution?

The two-variable elliptic genus is a topological invariant of almost-complex manifolds that takes values in power series. These power series turn out to describe weak Jacobi forms when the manifold ...

**15**

votes

**1**answer

726 views

### Codes, lattices, vertex operator algebras

At the end of "Notes on Chapter 1" in the Preface to the Third Edition of Sphere packings, lattices and groups, Conway and Sloane write the following:
Finally, we cannot resist calling attention ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

489 views

### relation between AGT- conjecture and CNV-correspondence

Is there any relation between AGT conjecture 0906.3219 and the 4d-2d correspondence of 1006.3435 ?
For pure SYM of $\mathcal{N}=2$ , SU(2) guage group thoery, we know the explicit instanton ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

476 views

### Even lattices and binary codes

I have a maybe simple question about even positive-definite lattices and lattices coming from binary codes. They seemed to be used in framed vertex operator algebras.
What is known about even ...

**17**

votes

**3**answers

780 views

### central extensions of Diff(S^1) and of the semigroup of annuli

$\mathit{Diff}(S^1)$ refers to the group of orientation preserving diffeomorphisms of the circle. The semigroup of annuli $\mathcal A$ is its "complexification": the elements of $\mathcal A$ are ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

287 views

### Collection of charged line segments in 2D - where do electric field lines meet it?

Suppose we have a collection of charged line segments in 2D. I'd like to be able to do two things :
from an arbitrary point in the plane, follow the electric field and find where it meets the ...

**8**

votes

**2**answers

859 views

### Character of the Basic Representation for Affine E_8 in Terms of Jacobi Theta Functions

When $\mathfrak g$ is a complex, simple, simply laced Lie algebra of rank r then the (specialized) character of the basic representation for the corresponding affine Lie algebra $\hat {\mathfrak g}$ ...

**19**

votes

**1**answer

770 views

### Conformal blocks vector bundles on $\overline{M}_{g}$ in terms of generalized theta functions?

Conformal field theory uses representation theory to produce various vector bundles on the Deligne-Mumford compactified moduli spaces $\overline{M}_{g}$ and $\overline{M}_{g,n}$, known as bundles of ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

920 views

### Witten Index, letter partition function and superconformal representations.

Except in a few papers I have seen so little written about this that I am not sure I can even frame this question properly.
I would like to know of expository references and explanations on the ...