Reconstructing CFTs from TQFTs


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October 6, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Zhenghan Wang - Microsoft and UCSB

Inspired by fractional quantum Hall physics and Tannaka-Krein duality, it is conjectured that every modular tensor category (MTC) or (2+1)-topological quantum field theory (TQFT) can be realized as the representation category of a vertex operator algebra (VOA) or chiral conformal field theory (CFT).  It is obviously true for quantum group/WZW MTCs, but it is not known for MTCs appeared in subfactors such as the famous double Haagerup.  After some general discussion, I will focus on pointed MTCs or so-called abelian anyon models.  While all abelian anyon models can be realized by lattice VOAs, it is not clear whether or not they can be realized by non-lattice VOAs.  The trivial MTC is realized by the Monster moonshine module, which is a non-lattice realization.  I will provide evidence that this might be true for all abelian anyon models.  The talk is partially based on a joint work with Liang Wang: