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Eberhardt, Lorenz; Prochazka, Tomas (2020): The Grassmannian VOA. In: Journal of High Energy Physics, No. 9, 150
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We study the 3-parametric family of vertex operator algebras based on the Grassmannian coset CFT u(M + N )(k) /(u(M )(k)xu(N )(k) ). This VOA serves as a basic building block for a large class of cosets and generalizes the W infinity algebra. We analyze representations and their characters in detail and find surprisingly simple character formulas for the representations in the generic parameter regime that admit an elegant combinatorial formulation. We also discuss truncations of the algebra and give a conjectural formula for the complete set of truncation curves. We develop a theory of gluing for these algebras in order to build more complicated coset and non-coset algebras. We demonstrate the power of this technology with some examples and show in particular that the N = 2 supersymmetric Grassmannian can be obtained by gluing three bosonic Grassmannian algebras in a loop. We finally speculate about the tantalizing possibility that this algebra is a specialization of an even larger 4-parametric family of algebras exhibiting pentality symmetry. Specializations of this conjectural family should include both the unitary Grassmannian family as well as the Lagrangian Grassmannian family of VOAs which interpolates between the unitary and the orthosymplectic cosets.