In this question I'll try to avoid using the words "Borcherd's Lift" only because I'm not sure in what setting it applies properly. What I will be asking about is sometimes called "second quantized elliptic genus" in the physics circles, or perhaps an "exponential lift of a Jacobi form".

One important result is that the elliptic genus $\chi(M_{d} ; q, y)$ of a $d$-dimensional, compact Calabi-Yau manifold $M_{d}$ is a weak Jacobi form of weight zero and index $d/2$. This means the elliptic genus admits a Fourier expansion

$$\chi(M_{d}; q,y) = \sum_{n \geq 0, k \in \mathbb{Z}} c(n, k) q^{n} y^{k},$$

where for a fixed power of $q$, finitely many powers of $y$ contribute. There is also symmetry under $y \to 1/y$. One can use the coefficients of the elliptic genus to produce a infinite product of the form

$$\prod_{m,n,k} \big(1-p^{m}q^{n}y^{k}\big)^{-c(nm, k)}.$$

It is known (https://arxiv.org/abs/math/9906190) that if $M_{d}$ Is Calabi-Yau, then this infinite product will be a Seigel modular form, at least up to some factor. Therefore, weight zero (arbitrary index) Jacobi forms seem to play a special role, at least in this sense.

However, index one (arbitrary weight) Jacobi forms also appear to have a special role in relation to Siegel modular forms, as indicated in the following figure:

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(Figure taken from Eichler and Zagier, Theory of Jacobi Forms, page 4)

I'm specifically hoping someone can survey some results for me about the "lifting" of index one Jacobi forms. I have certain weight $2k$, index one Jacobi forms $\varphi_{2k,1}$. Do we know precisely which Siegel modular forms these will lift to? Moreover, assuming we know where each $\varphi_{2k, 1}$ goes to, do we know where a formal linear combination

$$\sum_{k=-1}^{\infty} \lambda^{2k} \varphi_{2k, 1}$$

will lift to? Here, $\lambda$ is a formal variable.

I would also be keenly interested if anyone has insight into why weight zero Jacobi forms, as well as index one Jacobi forms play seemingly such a special role.

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    $\begingroup$ I don't have an answer to your specific question, but one reason why index one Jacobi forms are special comes from the natural isomorphism (given in Example 2.3 of Borcherds's "arxiv.org/abs/alg-geom/9609022 and proved in Eichler-Zagier) between the space of holomorphic Jacobi forms of weight $k$ and index $m$ and the space of holomorphic vector-valued modular forms for $\bar{\rho}_M$, where $M$ is a one dimensional lattice generated by a vector of norm $2m$. The isomorphism is given in one direction by taking a suitable product with a vector-valued theta function for the lattice. $\endgroup$ – S. Carnahan Sep 2 '17 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the comment. You seem to state something for general index $m$, so why exactly is $m=1$ special in this example? What you're talking about is perhaps that "middle" isomorphism in the Figure of Eichler and Zagier? $\endgroup$ – Benighted Sep 2 '17 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ The only way $m=1$ is special that I had in mind is the small level - the lattice in question has determinant 2. You can get analogues of the middle isomorphism for larger $m$, but it is more cumbersome. Anyway, the Borcherds-Harvey-Moore lift gives you a way to write cusp expansions as infinite products, where the exponents are coefficients of the vector-valued form. I suppose you can uniquely identify the lifted form using finitely many such terms, but I don't have computational experience beyond some rather degenerate $O(2,2)$ forms in moonshine. $\endgroup$ – S. Carnahan Sep 3 '17 at 11:43

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