Communications in Number Theory and Physics

Volume 8 (2014)

Number 3

Second-quantized Mathieu moonshine

Pages: 403 – 509



Daniel Persson (Fundamental Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Roberto Volpato (Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany)


We study the second-quantized version of the twisted twining genera of generalized Mathieu moonshine, and prove that they give rise to Siegel modular forms with infinite product representations. Most of these forms are expected to have an interpretation as twisted partition functions counting 1/4 BPS dyons in type II superstring theory on $K3 \times T^2$ or in heterotic CHL-models. We show that all these Siegel modular forms, independently of their possible physical interpretation, satisfy an “S-duality” transformation and a “wallcrossing formula”. The latter reproduces all the eta-products of an older version of generalized Mathieu moonshine proposed by Mason in the 1990s. Surprisingly, some of the Siegel modular forms we find coincide with the multiplicative (Borcherds) lifts of Jacobi forms in umbral moonshine.

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