We study commutative vertex operator algebras. These algebras are isomorphic to certain subalgebras in Kac-Moody vertex operator algebras. We describe systems of relations and degenerations to quadratic algebras. Our approach leads to the fermionic formulas for characters.
We give an alternative proof of the main result of ; the proof relies on Brion’s theorem about convex polyhedra. The result itself can be viewed as a formula for the character of the Feigin-Stoyanovsky subspace of an integrable irreducible representation of the affine Lie algebra widehatsln(C). Our approach is to assign integer points of a certain polytope to vectors comprising a monomial basis of the subspace and then compute the character by using (a variation of) Brion’s theorem.
We prove that there exist exactly eight Siegel modular forms with respect to the congruence subgroups of Hecke type of the paramodular groups of genus two vanishing precisely along the diagonal of the Siegel upper half-plane. This is a solution of a question formulated during the conference "Black holes, Black Rings and Modular Forms" (ENS, Paris, August 2007). These modular forms generalize the classical Igusa form and the forms constructed by Gritsenko and Nikulin in 1998.