A working seminar on the geometry of supergravity

This is the website for a working seminar on an approach to the classification problem of supersymmetric (eleven-dimensional) supergravity backgrounds based on their Killing superalgebras.

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars will take place on Thursdays at 9-11am (breakfast not included) in JCMB 6206.

Schedule of seminars

  1. Thursday, 1 October 2015
    José Figueroa-O'Farrill
    Eleven-dimensional supergravity
    Poincaré superalgebra, eleven-dimensional supergravity, supersymmetric backgrounds
  2. Thursday, 8 October 2015
    José Figueroa-O'Farrill
    The Killing superalgebra of a supersymmetric background
    The Killing superalgebra, the homogeneity theorem
  3. Thursday, 15 October 2015
    Andrea Santi
    Introduction to G-structures
    Basic definitions and examples, symmetries of integrable model, automorphims of absolute parallelism.
  4. Thursday, 22 October 2015
    Andrea Santi
    Prolongations of G-structures
    Prolongations, automorphism groups.
  5. Thursday, 29 October 2015
    Andrea Santi
    The integrability problem for G-structures
    Obstructions to integrability given by generalized curvatures
  6. Thursday, 5 November 2015
    Andrea Santi
    Eleven-dimensional supergravity (revisited)
    Superspace approach, Howe's theorem
  7. Thursday, 12 November 2015
    Andrea Santi
    Tanaka structures
    Prolongations of non-holonomic G-structures, automorphism group
  8. Thursday, 19 November 2015
    Andrea Santi
    The gap phenomenon
    Lacunae given by the submaximal possible dimension of the automorphism group
  9. Thursday, 26 November 2015


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