nLab super Euclidean group






The ordinary Euclidean group of n\mathbb{R}^n is the group generated from the rigid translation action of n\mathbb{R}^n on itself and rotations about the origin.

The super Euclidean group is analogously the supergroup of translations and rotations of the supermanifold p|q\mathbb{R}^{p|q}.

Its super Lie algebra should be the super Poincare Lie algebra (up to the signature of the metric).


incomplete for the moment, to be finished off tomorrow

The following description of the super Euclidean group (once it is finished, and polished) is due to Stephan Stolz and Peter Teichner.

The data needed to define the super Euclidean group is

  1. VV a dd-dimensional inner product space

  2. a spinor representation Δ *\Delta^* of Spin(V)Spin(V)

  3. a Spin(V)Spin(V)-equivariant map

    Γ:Δ * Δ *V \Gamma : \Delta^* \otimes_{\mathbb{C}} \Delta^* \to V \otimes_{\mathbb{R}} \mathbb{C}

where Spin(V)Spin(V) is the Spin group (see Clifford algebra for the moment).

Here is the construction of Eucl( d|δ)Eucl(\mathbb{R}^{d|\delta}) for

  • d=dim Vd = dim_{\mathbb{R}} V

remark δ\delta is a multiple of 2 [d12]2^{[\frac{d-1}{2}]}


X=Π(V×Δ * V)=V×ΠΔ * X = \Pi \left( \array{ V \times \Delta^* \\ \downarrow \\ V} \right) = V \times \Pi \Delta^*

is a complex supermanifold of dimension (d|δ)(d|\delta)

C (V×ΠΔ *)=C (V) Δ=C (V, (Δ)) C^\infty(V \times \Pi \Delta^*) = C^\infty(V) \otimes \wedge^\bullet \Delta = C^\infty(V, \wedge^\bullet(\Delta))

for δ=1\delta = 1 this is

=C (C, Δ) evC (C, Δ) odd \cdots = C^\infty(C, \wedge^\bullet \Delta)^{ev} \oplus C^\infty(C, \wedge^\bullet \Delta)^{odd}
C (V)C (V, Δ) \cdots \simeq C^\infty(V) \oplus C^\infty(V, \wedge^\bullet \Delta)

where the last factor is C (V;Δ)C (V,S +)\simeq C^\infty(V; \Delta) \simeq C^\infty(V, S^+) where S +S^+ is the spinor bundle

now define the multiplication

(V×ΠΔ *)×(V×ΠΔ *)μ(V×ΠΔ *) (V \times \Pi \Delta^*) \times (V \times \Pi \Delta^*) \stackrel{\mu}{\to} (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)

by sayin what it does on sets of probes by SS

(V×ΠΔ *)(S)×(V×ΠΔ *)(S)μ(S)(V×ΠΔ *)(S) (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S) \times (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S) \stackrel{\mu(S)}{\to} (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S)

here on the left we have the sets of sections

C (S) evV×C (S) evΔ * C^\infty(S)^{ev} \otimes V \times C^\infty(S)^{ev} \otimes \Delta^*

so we can map these as

((v 1,θ 1),(v 2,θ 2))(v 1+v 2+Γ(θ 1θ 2),θ 1+θ 2) ((v_1, \theta_1), (v_2, \theta_2) ) \mapsto (v_1 + v_2 + \Gamma(\theta_1 \otimes \theta_2), \theta_1 + \theta_2)


if the data (V,Δ *,Γ)(V, \Delta^*, \Gamma) and (V,(Δ *),Γ)(V', (\Delta^*)', \Gamma') is isomorphic we get compatible notions of structures

But if d=0,1,2d = 0,1,2 and δ=1\delta = 1 then there is a unique such triple with non-degenerate pairing Γ\Gamma up to isomorphism.


The structure of a Euclidean supermanifold on a (d|δ)(d|\delta)-dimensional supermanifold YY is a (V×ΠΔ *,End(V,Δ *,Γ))(V \times \Pi \Delta^*, End(V, \Delta^*, \Gamma))-structure. See there for details.


recall the Clifford algebra table:

d Cl( d) ev Spin( d) 1 {±1} 2 (1e 1e 2,e i 2=1) S 1 \array{ d & Cl(\mathbb{R}^d)^{ev} & Spin(\mathbb{R}^d) \\ \\ 1 & \mathbb{R} & \{\pm 1\} \\ 2 & (\mathbb{R} 1 \oplus \mathbb{R} e_1 e_2, e_i^2 = 1) \simeq \mathbb{C} & S^1 }

the group structure on V×ΠΔ *V \times \Pi \Delta^* is that of the “translations” and “rotations”

it will be defined on generalized elements with domain SS by maps of sets

μ:(V×ΠΔ *)(S)×(V×ΠΔ *)(S)(V×ΠΔ *)(S) \mu: (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S) \times (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S) \to (V \times \Pi \Delta^*)(S)
(v 1,θ 1),(v 2,θ 2)(v 1+v 2+Γ(θ 1θ 2),θ 1+θ 2) (v_1, \theta_1) , (v_2, \theta_2) \mapsto (v_1+ v_2 + \Gamma(\theta_1 \otimes \theta_2), \theta_1 + \theta_2)

d=1d = 1

Δ *=\Delta^* = \mathbb{C}

Γ:Δ *Δ *V \Gamma : \Delta^* \otimes \Delta^* \to V \otimes_{\mathbb{R}} \mathbb{C}
\mathbb{C} \otimes \mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{R} \otimes_{\mathbb{R}} \mathbb{C}
1111 1 \otimes 1 \mapsto 1 \otimes 1

so here this is the super translation group.

d=2d = 2

Δ *=\Delta^* = \mathbb{C}

uS 1U(1)Spin( 2) u \in S^1 \simeq U(1) \simeq Spin(\mathbb{R}^2)
Δ * Δ *Γ 2 \Delta^* \otimes_{\mathbb{C}} \Delta^* \stackrel{\Gamma}{\to} \mathbb{R}^2 \otimes \mathbb{R} \simeq \mathbb{C} \oplus \mathbb{C}

the first map is multiplication by u 1u^{-1} and then the isomorphism on the right sends

(x,y)1(z,z¯) (x,y)\otimes 1 \mapsto (z, \bar z)

where z=x+iyz = x + i y

translation group V×ΠΔ * 2|1V \times \Pi \Delta^* \simeq \mathbb{R}^{2|1}

multiplication on SS-elements

2|1(S)× 2|1(S) 2|1(S) \mathbb{R}^{2|1}(S) \times \mathbb{R}^{2|1}(S) \to \mathbb{R}^{2|1}(S)

given by

(z 1,z¯ 1,θ 1),(z 2,z¯ 2,θ 2)(z 1+z 2,z¯ 1+z¯ 2+θ 1θ 2,θ 1+θ 2) (z_1,\bar z_1, \theta_1), (z_2,\bar z_2, \theta_2) \mapsto (z_1 + z_2, \bar z_1 + \bar z_2 + \theta_1 \theta_2, \theta_1 + \theta_2)

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