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$(\esh \dashv \flat \dashv \sharp )$
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What are now called Hitchin functionals are functions/functionals on spaces of differential n-forms on manifolds of dimension 6 or 7, for $n = 3$ and/or $n =4$. They are such that their critical points characterize holomorphic 3-forms of complex manifolds in dimension 6, as associative 3-forms of G2-manifolds in dimension 7.
Let $X$ be a closed oriented smooth manifold of dimension 6.
For $\Omega \in \wedge^3 \Gamma(T^* X)$ a differential 3-form on $X$, write
${\vert \lambda \Omega \vert} \in (\wedge^6 \Gamma(T^* X))^{\otimes 2}$
$\sqrt{\vert \lambda \Omega \vert} \in \wedge^6 \Gamma(T^* X)$.
The Hitchin function on 3-forms is the function
which sends 3-form to the integration of differential forms of this 6-form over $X$
Let $X$ be 7-dimensional.
Let $\Omega \in \wedge^3 \Gamma(T^* X)$ be a stable differential form?. This determines a Riemannian metric $\g_\Omega$ on $X$. Write $\star_\Omega$ for the corresponding Hodge star operator. The Hitchin functional now is the function that takes stable forms to
A differential 3-form $\Omega$ such that $\lambda(\Omega) \lt 0$ is a critical point of the above functional precisely if there is the structure of a complex manifold on $X$ such that $\Omega$ is the real part of a non-vanishing holomorphic 3-form.
This is (Hitchin, theorem 13).
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The original articles are
Reviews with a perspective on the role of the functionals in physics/gravity/string theory/topological M-theory include
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