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Lie Group Quantum Mathematics Seminar

On factorization and vector bundles of conformal blocks from vertex algebras

Angela Gibney, Rutgers University

Location:  Hill 705
Date & time: Friday, 22 November 2019 at 12:00PM - 1:00PM

• Abstract:   Modules over conformal vertex algebras give rise to sheaves of coinvariants and conformal blocks on moduli of stable pointed curves. We show that under certain natural hypotheses, these sheaves satisfy the factorization property, a reflection of their inherent combinatorial nature. As an application, we prove they are vector bundles. These provide a generalization of vector bundles defined by integrable modules over affine Lie algebras at a fixed level. Satisfying factorization is essential to a recursive formulation of invariants, like ranks and Chern classes, and to produce new constructions of rational conformal field theories.