Closed string field theory, strong homotopy Lie algebras and the operad actions of moduli space
Abstract
This is an expanded and updated version of a talk given at the Conference on Topics in Geometry and Physics at the University of Southern California, November 6, 1992. It is a survey talk, aimed at mathematicians AND physicists, which attempts to bring together the topics in the title without assuming much background in any of them. Closed string field theory leads to a (strong homotopy) generalization of Lie algebra, which is strongly related to the way the moduli spaces $\Cal M_{0,N+1}$ fit together as an ``operad''. The latter in turn plays an important role in the understanding of vertex operator algebras.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 April 1993
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/9304061
 Bibcode:
 1993hep.th....4061S
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 23 pages amstex (8 figures NOT included)