String-Math Seminar: Vertex operator algebras via topological vertex like construction

Seminar | October 30 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Miroslav Rapcak, Perimeter

 Department of Mathematics

Y-algebras form a four parameter family of vertex operator algebras associated to Y-shaped junctions of interfaces in N=4 super Yang-Mills theory. One can glue such Y-shaped junctions into the more complicated webs of interfaces. Corresponding vertex operator algebras can be identified with conformal extensions of tensor products of Y-algebras associated to the trivalent junctions of the web by fusions of Y-algebras bi-modules associated to the finite interfaces. At the level of characters, the construction is analogous to the topological vertex like counting of D0-D2-D4 bound states in toric Calabi-Yau manifolds. Gluing construction sheds new light on the structure of vertex operator algebras conventionally constructed by BRST reductions and provides us with a way to construct new algebras.