New York Journal of Mathematics
Volume 14 (2008) 261-284


Lin Zhang

Vertex tensor category structure on a category of Kazhdan-Lusztig

Published: June 28, 2008
Keywords: Vertex operator algebra, generalized module, logarithmic tensor product theory, vertex tensor category, braided tensor category
Subject: 17B69; 17B67; 81T40; 18D10

We incorporate a category considered by Kazhdan and Lusztig of certain modules (of a fixed level ℓ, not a positive integer) for an affine Lie algebra, into the representation theory of vertex operator algebras. We do this using the logarithmic tensor product theory for generalized modules for a vertex operator algebra developed by Huang, Lepowsky and the author; we prove that the conditions for applying this general logarithmic tensor product theory hold. As a consequence, we prove that this category has a natural vertex tensor category structure, and in particular we obtain a new, vertex-algebraic, construction of the natural associativity isomorphisms and proof of their properties.


Partial support from NSF grant DMS-0070800 is gratefully acknowledged.

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Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854