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The Monster Moonshine Module from the engineering or algorithmic point of view

From what I understand (see, e.g., this question), the Monster Moonshine Module is a kind if "third generation" (or "second quantization"?) after the Golay code (with automorphism group $M_{24}$) and ...
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q-series identity related to Jackson-Slater, proof required

The question: I have been trying to prove the following $q$-series identity for quite some time now: $$ \sum_{k \geq 0} \frac{q^{2k^2}}{(q)_{2k}} = \sum_{m,k \geq 0} \frac{q^{m^2 + 3k m + 4k^2}}{(q)...
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Vertex algebras and factorization algebras

It is often said that vertex algebras are a special case of factorization algebras. In particular, in their book "FAs in QFT" Costello/Gwilliam construct a functor from a certain class of 2d "...
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Does the de Rham version of Cohen's theorem hold in the $\infty$-setting?

One of the first results that one needs to prove in the theory of chiral algebras is a de Rham version of Cohen's theorem on the homology of $C_n$ spaces. This is achieved in Beilinson-Drinfeld's book ...
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A single vertex operator - bare bones explanation?

There is an ocean of literature (and a sea of popular texts inside) on vertex algebras, including quite a lot of Q & A here on MO, and I am trying to read some random selections from time to time. ...
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$X$ with $H^*(X)=$affine Verma module?

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional simple Lie algebra over $\mathbf{C}$, and $\widehat{\mathfrak{g}}_\kappa$ the associated affine Lie algebra. It is the central extension of the loop algebra $...
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$GL(\infty)$ group action through the boson-fermion correspondence

Every point of the Sato Grassmannian can be used to generate a tau function of the KP hierarchy. In addition, the Sato Grassmannian can be seen as a subset of the "second quantized fermion Fock space" ...
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Orthogonality relations for characters of VOAs?

If $G$ is a finite group, the characters of its irreps satisfy $$ \langle \chi_1,\chi_2\rangle := \frac{1}{|G|}\sum_{g\in G} \chi_1(g)\; \overline{\chi_2(g)} = \delta_{\chi_1,\chi_2}. $$ Alexei ...
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Functions on [0,1] with positive fractional series coefficients and symmetric under x->1-x

Suppose a function $g(x)$ has a convergent power series expansion with real (not necessarily integer or rational) exponents on $[0,1]$ of the form $$ g(x)=\frac{1}{x^\delta}(1+\sum_{i=1}^\infty c_i x^{...
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Reference Request: Vertex Algebras

I am currently a graduate student in mathematics with an interest in vertex algebras. I am comfortable with the algebraic aspects and would like to learn more about the geometric aspects. The issue is ...
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Are vertex operator algebras ever conspiratorial?

I have a vertex operator algebra (VOA) $V$ with all niceness properties (unitary, rational, CFT type, etc). Its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g} = V_1$ of spin-$1$ fields is large, and I understand how the ...
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Arithmetic analogs of vertex algebras?

Has anyone successfully defined and studied analogs of vertex algebras where the grading of the fields is by $(\log \mathbb Q)$ rather than $\mathbb Z$? What I mean is that the usual fields $$ a(z) = ...
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$\mathbb Z/2$-orbifolds in Virasoro representations, CFTs, VOAs

Suppose that ${\rm Vir}_c$ is a rational Virasoro algebra with central charge $c$. Then ${\rm Vir}_c$ has finitely many irreducible modules $M_h$, parametrised by the highest weights $h$. Furthermore ...
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Self-dual vertex algebras

Let $(V,Y)$ be a self-dual conformal vertex algebra. For instance, it could be the vertex algebra associated to a positive definite, even, unimodular quadratic form. I look for a formula to compute $$ ...
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Does the following first order approximation of the Kapranov-Vasserot infinitesimal loops still do any job?

Let $X$ be a scheme over, say, a field $k$. Let us denote $\mathrm{Spec}(k[\varepsilon])$ by $T$ and its (unique) $k$-point by $0\in T$. Call the first order infinitesimal cone $C_{T,0}(X)$ over $X$ ...
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Composition of operators in $w_{1+\infty}$ and $W_{1+\infty}$

The algebra $W_{1+\infty}$ can be defined as a central extension of the lie algebra $w_{1+\infty}$ (defined as being spanned by $\left(-\partial_z \right)^m z^{-k}$ ). See for example: Alexandrov, ...
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Representation theoretic definition of wavefunctions of an integrable hierarchy?

I am reading Kac's book on infinite dimensional lie algebras. In the last chapter, he starts with a highest weight module of an affine lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}(A)$, and uses it to define tau ...
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Free almost commutative vertex algebras

Given a commutative $k$-algebra $A$, we can freely generate a commutative vertex algebra by formally adjoining a derivation. We obtain a functor $CAlg_{k} \rightarrow CVAlg_{k} $, which I'll denote $\...
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Wightman axioms to Vertex algebra, the inspiration for the infinitesimal translation operator T?

In section 1.1, 1.2 of Kac's book Vertex Algebras for Beginners, he deduces the axioms of vertex algebras (or more precisely, right chiral algebras) from the Wightman axioms for $2$d CFT. Denote $\...
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Understanding the Segal-Sugawara construction

I am trying to understand the Segal-Sugawara construction from the book "vertex algebras and algebraic curves" by Frenkel, Ben-Zvi in 3.4.8. As an absolute layman in the area of mathematical physics ...