The Virasoro vertex algebra and factorization algebras on Riemann surfaces

Brian R Williams

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This paper focuses on the connection of holomorphic two-dimensional factorization algebras and vertex algebras which has been made precise in the forthcoming book of Costello-Gwilliam. We provide a construction of the Virasoro vertex algebra starting from a local Lie algebra on the complex plane. Moreover, we discuss an extension of this factorization algebra to a factorization algebra on the category of Riemann surfaces. The factorization homology of this factorization algebra is computed as are the correlation functions. We provide an example of how the Virasoro factorization algebra implements conformal symmetry of the beta-gamma system using the method of effective BV quantization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2189–2237
Number of pages49
JournalLetters in mathematical physics
Issue number12
Early online date24 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017


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