The kac–wakimoto character formula for the general linear lie Superalgebra

Michael Chmutov, Crystal Hoyt, Shifra Reif

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We prove the Kac–Wakimoto character formula for the general linear Lie superalgebra gl(m|n), which was conjectured by Kac and Wakimoto in 1994. This formula specializes to the well-known Kac–Weyl character formula when the modules are typical and to the Weyl denominator identity when the module is trivial. We also prove a determinantal character formula for KW-modules. In our proof, we demonstrate how to use odd reflections to move character formulas between the different sets of simple roots of a Lie superalgebra. As a consequence, we show that KW-modules are precisely Kostant modules, which were studied by Brundan and Stroppel, thus yielding a simple combinatorial defining condition for KW-modules and a classification of these modules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1419-1452
Number of pages34
JournalAlgebra and Number Theory
Issue number6
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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©2015 Mathematical Sciences Publishers.


FundersFunder number
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences0943832


    • Character formulas
    • Kazhdan–Lusztig polynomials
    • Lie superalgebras
    • Tame modules


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