Advanced Studies in Pure Mathematics

Modular forms and elliptic genera for ALE spaces

Tohru Eguchi, Yuji Sugawara, and Anne Taormina

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Abstract

When we describe string propagation on non-compact or singular Calabi–Yau manifolds by CFT, continuous as well as discrete representations appear in the theory. These representations mix in an intricate way under the modular transformations. In this article, we propose a method of combining discrete and continuous representations so that the resulting combinations have a simpler modular behavior and can be used as conformal blocks of the theory. We compute elliptic genera of ALE spaces and obtain results which agree with those suggested from the decompactification of K3 surface. Consistency of our approach is assured by some remarkable identity of theta functions.

We include in the appendix some new materials on the representation theory of $\mathcal{N} = 4$ superconformal algebra.

Article information

Source
Exploring New Structures and Natural Constructions in Mathematical Physics, K. Hasegawa, T. Hayashi, S. Hosono and Y. Yamada, eds. (Tokyo: Mathematical Society of Japan, 2011), 125-159

Dates
Received: 4 March 2008
Revised: 17 May 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 24 November 2018

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/ euclid.aspm/1543085346

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2969/aspm/06110125

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2867146

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1243.81188

Citation

Eguchi, Tohru; Sugawara, Yuji; Taormina, Anne. Modular forms and elliptic genera for ALE spaces. Exploring New Structures and Natural Constructions in Mathematical Physics, 125--159, Mathematical Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 2011. doi:10.2969/aspm/06110125. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.aspm/1543085346


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