Lie Groups and Representation Theory

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Date, time & place Tuesday 16:30 - 18:00 126Room #126 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)


17:00-18:00   Room #126 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
荒川知幸 (奈良女子大学)
Affine W-algebras and their representations
[ Abstract ]
The W-algebras are an interesting class of vertex algebras, which can be understood as a generalization of Virasoro algebra. It was originally introduced by Zamolodchikov in his study of conformal field theory. Later Feigin-Frenkel discovered that the W-algebras can be defined via the method of quantum BRST reduction. A few years ago this method was generalized by Kac-Roan-Wakimoto in full generality, producing many interesting vertex algebras. Almost at the same time Premet re-discovered the finite-dimensional version of W-algebras (finite W-algebras), in connection with the modular representation theory.

In the talk we quickly recall the Feigin-Frenkel theory which connects the Whittaker models of the center of $U({\\mathfrak g})$ and affine (principal) W-algebras, and discuss their representation theory. Next we recall the construction of Kac-Roan-Wakimoto and discuss the representation theory of affine W-algebras associated with general nilpotent orbits. In particular, I explain how the representation theory of finite W-algebras (=the endmorphism ring of the generalized Gelfand-Graev representation) applies to the representation of affine W-algebras.
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