Séminaire de Physique Théorique

Mathieu Moonshine

par Prof. Anne TAORMINA (Durham University & IHES)

Europe/Paris
Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane (IHES)

Amphithéâtre Léon Motchane

IHES

35, route de Chartres, F-91440 Bures-sur-Yvette (France)
Description

I shall give a brief introduction to Mathieu Moonshine, an observation made in 2010 in the context of string theory compactified on a K3 surface and whose significance in string theory remains elusive. Attempts to understand the mathematical structure behind this observation have included techniques from Number Theory, Group Theory and Geometry. I will discuss how geometry provides an interesting angle when attempting to explain the presence of the huge Mathieu 24 discrete symmetry in string theories compactified on a K3 surface.

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