UTA Department of Mathematics

Metroplex Algebraic Geometry, Algebra and Number Theory (AGANT) Seminar,
a joint venture of   UNT,   UTA   and   TCU

Date/Time/Room: Friday (3/6/2009) at 4:00 pm in 304 Pickard Hall

Speaker: Dr. Gaywalee Yamskulna, Assistant Professor,
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Illinois State University.

"Rationality of the Vertex Algebra VL+ when L is a Non-degenerate Even Lattice of Arbitrary Rank"

Abstract: Vertex algebras are rich algebraic structures which play an important role in many active and relatively new areas of mathematics and physics. They were introduced to mathematics in the work of the Fields medalist Richard Borcherds and developed by others such as Frenkel, Lepowsky and Meurman in 1980's. In physics, they are part of string theory where they appear as the chiral algebras of two-dimensional conformal field theory.

In this talk, I will first discuss about one of the main conjectures in the theory of vertex algebras. Next, I will review the construction of vertex algebras VL+. These vertex algebras are one of the most important classes of vertex algebras. They were originally introduced in the Frenkel-Lepowsky-Meurman construction of the moonshine module vertex algebra. Finally, I will discuss about the representation theory of the vertex algebra VL+ when L is a non-degenerate even lattice of arbitrary rank.

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