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$H^4$ 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 ...
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What's the supersymmetric analogue of the Monster group?

Bosonic string theory lives in 26 dimensions, and it gives a conformal field theory where the field is a map from a Riemann surface to $\mathbb{R}^{24}$. The Leech lattice $L$ is an even unimodular ...
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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?) &...
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71, the Monster, and c = 24 CFTs

The largest prime in the order of the Monster group is $71$. This number $71$ shows up at various places: The minimal faithful representation has dimension $196883 = 47.59.71$ The Monster group can ...
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$\text{Rep}(D(G))$ 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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I'm looking for a Virasoro-module whose character is 1+ 240q+ 2160q^2+ 6720q^3…

Let $E_4(q)=1+ 240q+ 2160q^2+ 6720q^3+\ldots $ be the Eisenstein series of weight 4, also known as the theta-series of the $E_8$-lattice. I'm looking for a $\mathbb N$-graded vector space $V$ of ...
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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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What are advantages of chiral algebras over vertex algebras?

In Chiral Algebras, Beilinson and Drinfeld introduced the notion of chiral algebra, which based on the pseudo-tensor category of D-modules. On the other hand, There is already a notion of vertex ...
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q-Virasoro and q-Heisenberg algebras

The literature has definitions (seemingly plural, though they might be linked) of a $q$-deformed Virasoro algebra. But is there any link of these to a $q$-deformed Heisenberg algebra? (Classically ...
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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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Factorization and vertex algebra cohomology

A chiral algebra on a smooth curve $X$, in the sense of Beilinson-Drinfeld, is a right $D_{X}$-module with a chiral bracket, which is a map $\mathcal{V}^{\boxtimes 2}(\infty\Delta)\rightarrow \Delta_{*...
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Linear independence of genus-one correlation functions

Let $V$ be a vertex operator algebra with all the good finiteness properties that people usually assume (positively graded, $C_2$-cofinite, $V\cong V'$, etc.) Let $W$ be a module for $V$, not ...
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different N=2 SUSY structures on the chiral de Rham complex of a Calabi-Yau manifold?

The context In a beautiful paper, Malikov-Schechtman-Vaintrob defined a canonical sheaf of vertex algebras equipped with a differential on any manifold $X$ (either in the $C^\infty$, complex analytic ...
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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 ...
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Annihilation operators in a vertex algebra

Let $V=\bigoplus_{d\in\mathbb N}V(d)$ be a Möbius-covariant vertex algebra with $V(0)=\mathbb C$. Recall that a vector $v\in V$ is called quasi-primary if $L_1v=0$. For $v\in V(d)$, we write $Y(...
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properties of formal delta functions

The formal delta function is $\,\,\displaystyle\delta(x):=\sum_{n\in\mathbb Z}x^n. $ If we agree that expressions $(x+y)^n$ for $n\in\mathbb Z$ are always expanded in non-negative powers of the second ...
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The proof that a vertex algebra can lead to a Wightman QFT

On p. 13 of "Vertex Algebras for Beginners", 2nd edition, Kac writes: "Under certain assumptions and with certain additional data one may reconstruct the whole QFT from these chiral algebras, but we ...
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Fourier series of a Wightman field

From a proof that 2D Wightman CFT leads to a vertex algebra [1]: Let $$ Y(a,z):=\frac{1}{(1+z)^{2\Delta_a}}\Phi_a\left(i\frac{1-z}{1+z}\right),\quad\text{with}\quad |z|<1. $$ Here $\Delta_a\ge 0$ ...
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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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Simple current extensions in VOA theory and CFTs

I apologize in advance if this is too broad and off-topic here. I have seen some papers in the field of vertex operator algebras (VOA) theory about simple current extensions. As far as I understand ...
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Do we have a braided tensor category for vertex algebra modules by using conformal blocks on an arbitary compact Riemann Surface?

In Huang & Lepowsky's series of papers A theory of tensor products for module categories for a vertex operator algebra, they defined for a rational vertex algebra $V$ the $P(z)$ tensor product of ...
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When two vertex (operator) algebras can be patched-up to a full CFT on a genus 0 surface?

Theorem 3 of the nLab article "Full field algebra" states that Theorem 3. Two vertex operator algebras $V$ may appear as the left and right chiral halfs of a full conformal field theory precisely ...
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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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What are braided vertex algebras?

The notion of vertex algebra, like any reasonable algebraic notion, makes sense inside any (sufficiently linear) symmetric monoidal category. The standard pictures of the operator product, however, ...
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Are extensions of regular vertex operator algebras also regular?

Let $U$ be a simple VOA which is self-dual and of CFT type (i.e., $U\simeq U'$, and $U$ has grading $U=\bigoplus_{n\in\mathbb N}U(n)$ with $U(0)$ spanned by the vacuum vector $\Omega$). Let $V$ be a ...
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Modular tensor category associated to an even integral lattice and the lattice automorphism

Let $(L,\langle -,-\rangle)$ be an even integral lattice, and let $(A,q)$ be the associated discriminant form: $$ A=L^*/L, \quad q(a)=e^{\pi i \langle a,a\rangle}. $$ We let $\hat L$ to be the ...
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Do all non-degenerate quadratic forms come from positive even lattices?

Let $(G,+)$ be a finite Abelian group. We say $q\colon G\to \mathbb{T}$ is a non-degenerated quadratic form, if $q(-a)=q(a)$ and the symmetric function $$ b(g,h) =q(g+h)q(g)^{-1}q(h)^{-1} $$ is a non-...
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Deformations of Vertex Algebras

As the title suggests, I'm interested in deformation theory of vertex algebras and their representations. In the paper https://arxiv.org/abs/1806.08754, the authors construct, for a vertex algebra $...
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Some examples of vertex algebra modules

Recently I'm learning the vertex modules. In the paper, there are a lot of abstract theory about the module theory,for instance the $C_{2}-$cofinite conditions and associated variety. I hope to find ...
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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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About state-field correspondence

In the definition of vertex algebra, we call the vertex operator state-field correspondence, does that mean that it is an injective map?? Are there some physical interpretations about state-field ...
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Classification of quasi-lisse vertex algebras

Quasi-lisse vertex algebras were introduced by Arakawa and Kawasetsu in Quasi-lisse vertex algebras and modular linear differential equations . They satisfy the property that the normalized character ...
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Closest point to a dual lattice point (in particular for root lattices!)

Given a lattice $\Lambda\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and a point $p\in\mathbb{R}^n$ outside the lattice, then I known it is a hard question to determine the set $S\subset \Lambda$ of all lattice points with ...
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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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Examples of simple vertex operator algebras (VOAs)

A vertex operator algebra $V$ is called simple if $V$ is a simple $V$-module. What are some examples of simple VOAs? Are there lots of examples or this is a very strong condition? Is there a ...
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Poisson vertex algebra

Suppose $vir_{c}= \operatorname{span}\langle L_{-2}v_{c},L_{-3}v_{c},....\rangle$ is a vector space spanned by Virasoro algebra. Then we have a symmetric algebra $Sym(vir_{c})$. For this symmetric ...
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Does the Leclerc-Thibon involution exchange vertex operators of the first and second type?

This question is about $U_q ( \hat{\mathfrak{sl}}_2 )$ representation theory. There is a notion of vertex operators $\Phi_{\pm }(z)$ of first and $\Psi_{\pm}(z)$ of the second type. They are defined ...
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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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Commutators of Schur polynomials of Lie algebra elements

Question: Is there a well-known formula for computing the commutators of Schur polynomials when the variables are Lie algebra elements? If the algebra has a particularly simple commutation relation, ...
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Vertex operator algebras and isomorphism of graded vector spaces

I have two vertex operator algebras and I would like to show that as graded vector spaces, they are isomorphic, rather than as algebras. The issue is I have not found anything in the literature that ...