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elliptic curves and group cohomology

Recently, I've been trying to understand Jacob Lurie's 2-equivariant elliptic cohomology a bit better than I had in the past. From what I can tell, the fragment of the story that only deals with ...
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“High-concept” explanation for proof of a theorem of Ochanine?

See Akhil Mathew's notes on Ochanine's theorem for elliptic genera here and here. Let $\phi: \Omega_{SO} \to \Lambda$ be a genus. We might ask when $\phi$ satisfies the following multiplicative ...
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How is an $S^1$-equivariant elliptic cohomology theory affected as we continuously vary the underlying elliptic curve?

Grojnowski constructs a $S^1$-equivariant cohomology theory over a complex elliptic curve $E$, designed to trivially satisfy: $$E^*_{S^1}(pt) = E$$ The functor $E^*_{S^1}(-)$ takes in a space $X$ ...
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Can we construct a Baas-Sullivan presentation of TMF?

Quick Review: The Baas-Sullivan construction cones off generators $\alpha_1, ..., \alpha_n \in \pi_*(MU)$ from $MU$ to get a new spectrum $MU/(\alpha_1, ..., \alpha_n)$, which is isomorphic to some ...
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What are explicit obstructions to realizability of formal group laws as complex-oriented ring spectra?

Recall that a complex-oriented spectrum is a ring spectrum E with a map $MU \to E$. Analogously, a ring with a (1-d commutative) formal group law is (represented by) a ring $R$ with a map $L \to R$ (...
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What is an example of a formal group law that is Landweber-exact but not flat?

Quick Background: The $p$-series of $F$ (where $F$ is a formal group law over a graded ring $R$) will be of the form $[p](x) = px + v_1x^{p^1} + ... + v_nx^{p^n} + ...$ ; $(F, R)$ is Landweber-exact ...
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What's an example of 2 elliptic curves with the same ground ring s.t. their associated cohomology theories detect different things?

My understanding is that a complex-oriented spectrum is a ring spectrum $E$ with a map $MU \to E$. Analogously, a ring with a formal group law is a ring $R$ with a map $L \to R$ (where $L$ is the ...
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Must we know $MU^*(X)$ in order to compute $Ell^*(X)$?

Let $Ell^*(X)$ be the elliptic cohomology theory (associated to a given elliptic curve $E$) of a nice space $X$. Recall the Landweber-Ravenel-Stong construction: $MU^*(X) \otimes_{MU^*} R \simeq Ell^...
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Twisted equivariant modular forms?

I'd like to know where I can find information about a class of objects which I think deserve to be called twisted equivariant modular forms. Let me guess a definition, indicate how it can be made more ...
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What do loop groups and von Neumann algebras have to do with elliptic cohomology?

Recall that complex $K$-theory is a cohomology theory on topological spaces, which can be described in several equivalent ways: Given a finite complex $X$, $K^0(X)$ is the Grothendieck group of ...
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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 ...
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Elliptic genus for manifolds with boundary

Let M be a closed spin manifold of dimension $d$. One form of the elliptic genus of $M$ is $$ F(q)=q^{-d/8} \hat A(M) {\rm ch} \otimes_{k=1/2,3/2,\cdots} \Lambda_{q^k}T \otimes_{\ell=1}^\infty S_{q^\...
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Virasoro action on the elliptic cohomology

I'm trying to understand better the mathematical notion of elliptic cohomology. Note that I only know the physics definition of the elliptic genus given in Witten's paper. Let $X$ be a Calabi-Yau ...
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complex cobordism from formal group laws?

Reading Ravenel's "green book", I wonder about his question on p.15 "that the spectrum MU may be constructed somehow using formal group law theory without using complex manifolds or vector bundles. ...
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What is a TMF in topology?

What is a topological modular form? How are they related to 'normal' (number-theoretic) modular forms?