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superspace

This entry is about the concept in supergeometry. For the concept in gravity/cosmology see at Wheeler superspace.

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Idea

Physicists often refer to spaces in supergeometry, such as supermanifolds or super schemes, as superspaces, regardless the formalism. Hence a superspace can be an affine superspace (the affine counterpart of the supervector space over real or complex numbers), superscheme, supermanifold (of either Leites or de Witt kind) etc.

Mostly however “superspace” is used for superspacetimes (e.g. super Minkowski spacetimes), presented in either formalism.

References

  • I. L. Buchbinder, S. M. Kuzenko, Ideas and methods of supersymmetry and supergravity; or A walk through superspace

  • S.J. Gates Jr, M.T. Grisaru, M. Rocek, W. Siegel, Superspace, or One thousand and one lessons in supersymmetry textbook (1983), available as arXiv:hep-th/0108200

  • Albert Schwarz, On the definition of superspace Teoret. Mat. Fiz., 1984, Volume 60, Number 1, Pages 37–42 (Mi tmf5111), (russian original)

Revised on January 5, 2017 04:42:55 by Urs Schreiber (83.208.22.80)