Representation Theory of the Virasoro Algebra

  • Kenji Iohara
  • Yoshiyuki Koga

Part of the Springer Monographs in Mathematics book series (SMM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 1-46
  3. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 47-99
  4. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 101-124
  5. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 125-148
  6. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 149-207
  7. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 209-236
  8. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 237-263
  9. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 265-318
  10. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 319-347
  11. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 349-370
  12. Kenji Iohara, Yoshiyuki Koga
    Pages 371-397
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 399-474

About this book


The Virasoro algebra is an infinite dimensional Lie algebra that plays an increasingly important role in mathematics and theoretical physics. This book describes some fundamental facts about the representation theory of the Virasoro algebra in a self-contained manner. Topics include the structure of Verma modules and Fock modules, the classification of (unitarizable) Harish-Chandra modules, tilting equivalence, and the rational vertex operator algebras associated to the so-called minimal series representations.

Covering a wide range of material, this book has three appendices which provide background information required for some of the chapters. Fundamental results are organized in a unified way and existing proofs refined. For instance in chapter three, a generalization of Jantzen filtration is reformulated in an algebraic manner, and geometric interpretation is provided. Statements, widely believed to be true, are collated, and results which are known but not verified are proven, such as the corrected structure theorem of Fock
modules in chapter eight.

This book will be of interest to a wide range of mathematicians and physicists from the level of graduate students to researchers.


Fock modules Harish-Chandra modules Jantzen ltrations Rational vertex operator algebras Representation theory Tilting equivalence Unitarizable representations Verma modules Virasoro algebra

Authors and affiliations

  • Kenji Iohara
    • 1
  • Yoshiyuki Koga
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut Camille JordanUniversité Claude Bernard Lyon 1Villeurbanne CedexFrance
  2. 2.Department of applied physics, Faculty of engineeringUniversity of FukuiFukuiJapan

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-0-85729-159-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-85729-160-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1439-7382
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