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1 April 2012 Generalized moonshine, II: Borcherds products
Scott Carnahan
Duke Math. J. 161(5): 893-950 (1 April 2012). DOI: 10.1215/00127094-1548416


The goal of this paper is to construct infinite-dimensional Lie algebras by using infinite product identities and to use these Lie algebras to reduce the generalized moonshine conjecture to a pair of hypotheses about group actions on vertex algebras and Lie algebras. We expect the Lie algebras that we construct to manifest as algebras of physical states in an orbifold conformal field theory (yet to be fully constructed) with symmetries given by the monster simple group.

We introduce vector-valued modular functions attached to families of modular functions of different levels, and we prove infinite product identities for a distinguished class of automorphic functions on a product of two half-planes. We recast this result using the Borcherds–Harvey–Moore singular theta-lift and show that the vector-valued functions attached to completely replicable modular functions with integer coefficients lift to automorphic functions with infinite product expansions at all cusps.

For each element of the monster simple group, we construct an infinite-dimensional Lie algebra, such that its denominator formula is an infinite product expansion of the automorphic function arising from that element’s McKay–Thompson series. These Lie algebras have the unusual property that their simple roots and all root multiplicities are known. We show that under certain hypotheses, characters of groups acting on these Lie algebras form functions on the upper half-plane that are either constant or invariant under a genus zero congruence group.


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Scott Carnahan. "Generalized moonshine, II: Borcherds products." Duke Math. J. 161 (5) 893 - 950, 1 April 2012.


Published: 1 April 2012
First available in Project Euclid: 27 March 2012

zbMATH: 1258.17022
MathSciNet: MR2904095
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1215/00127094-1548416

Primary: 11F22
Secondary: 17B69

Rights: Copyright © 2012 Duke University Press


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