MathCS Seminar

Title: Moonshine beyond the Monster
Seminar: Algebra
Speaker: Michael Mertens of Max-Planck-Institut f
Contact: David Zureick-Brown,
Date: 2017-01-17 at 4:00PM
Venue: W306
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Over the last 35 years, Moonshine has been an intriguing subject in mathematics, providing a still somewhat mysterious connection among Number Theory, especially the theory of modular forms, Representation Theory of finite groups, and Mathematical Physics. In the first part of my talk, I explain the general phenomenon of Moonshine at the historically first instance of so-called Monstrous Moonshine, as well as the more recent case of Umbral Moonshine. In the second part of the talk, I intend to talk in a bit more detail on recent joint work with M. J. Griffin proving a conjecture by J. Harvey and B. Rayhaun on Moonshine for Thompsons sporadic simple group and some joint work in progress with J. F. R. Duncan and K. Ono.

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