2d CFTs, Borcherds products and hyperbolization of affine Lie algebras

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:孙凯文(瑞典Uppsala University)
:2024-01-10 10:00

报告人:孙凯文(瑞典Uppsala University




In 1983, Feingold and Frenkel posed a question about possible relations between affine Lie algebras, hyperbolic Kac-Moody algebras and Siegel modular forms. We give an automorphic answer to this question and its generalization. We classify Borcherds-Kac-Moody algebras whose denominators define reflective automorphic products of singular weight. As a consequence, we prove that there are exactly 81 affine Lie algebras which have nice extensions to BKM algebras. We find that 69 of them appear in Schellekens’ list of holomorphic CFT of central charge 24, while 8 of them correspond to the N=1 structures of holomorphic SCFT of central charge 12 composed of 24 chiral fermions. The last 4 cases are related to exceptional modular invariants from nontrivial automorphisms of fusion algebras. This is based on a joint paper with Haowu Wang and Brandon Williams. 


Dr. Kaiwen Sun is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Uppsala University. He received a Ph.D. degree in geometry and mathematical physics from Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) in 2020. Later he did postdoc research at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn and Korea Institute For Advanced Study. His research interest lies in various aspects of mathematical physics including 2d CFTs, topological strings and supersymmetric gauge theories. He has published several papers in J. High Energy Phys., Forum Math, Commun. Number Theory Phys., etc.