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Symmetry 2012, 4(3), 474-506; doi:10.3390/sym4030474

Supersymmetric Sigma Model Geometry
Ulf Lindström
Theoretical Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University, Box 516, Uppsala 75120, Sweden; Email:; Tel.: +46-18-471-3298; Fax: +46-18-533-180
Received: 6 July 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 2 August 2012 /
Published: 23 August 2012


: This is a review of how sigma models formulated in Superspace have become important tools for understanding geometry. Topics included are: The (hyper)kähler reduction; projective superspace; the generalized Legendre construction; generalized Kähler geometry and constructions of hyperkähler metrics on Hermitian symmetric spaces.
supersymmetry; complex geometry; sigma models

Classification: PACS 11.30.Pb

Classification: MSC 53Z05

1. Introduction

Sigma models take their name from a phenomenological model of beta decay introduced more than fifty years ago by Gell-Mann and Lévy [1]. It contains pions and a new scalar meson that they called sigma. A generalization of this model is what is nowadays meant by a sigma model. It will be described in detail below.

Non-linear sigma models arise in a surprising number of different contexts. Examples are effective field theories (coupled to gauge fields), the scalar sector of supergravity theories etc. Not the least concern to modern high energy theory is the fact that the string action has the form of a sigma model coupled to two dimensional gravity that the compactified dimensions carry the target space geometry dictated by supersymmetry.

The close relation between supersymmetric sigma models and complex geometry was first observed more than thirty years ago in [2] where the target space of N = 1 models in four dimensions is shown to carry Kähler geometry. For N = 2 models in four dimensions the target space geometry was subsequently shown to be hyperkähler in [3]. This latter fact was extensively exploited in a N = 1 superspace formulation of these models in [4], where two new constructions were presented; the Legendre transform construction and the hyperkähler quotient construction. The latter reduction was developed and given a more mathematically stringent formulation in [5] where we also elaborated on a manifest N = 2 formulation, originally introduced in [6] based on observations in [7].

A N = 2 superspace formulation of the N = 2 four dimensional sigma model is obviously desirable, since it will automatically lead to hyperkähler geometry on the target space. The N = 2 Projective Superspace which makes this possible grew out of the development mentioned last in the preceding paragraph. Over the years it has been developed and refined in, e.g., [6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19]. In this article we report on some of that development along with some more recent development, such as projective superspace for supergravity [20,21,22,23,24,25], and applications such as the construction of certain classes of hyperkähler metrics [26,27,28].

The target space geometry depends on the number of supersymmetries as well as on the dimension of the domain. There are a number of features peculiar to sigma models with a two dimensional domain (2D sigma models). Here the target space geometry can be torsionful and generalizes the Kähler and hyperkähler geometries. This has been exploited to give new and interesting results in generalized geometry [29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36,37,38,39,40,41].

Outside the scope of this report lies, e.g., Kähler geometries with additional structure, such as special geometry relevant for four dimensional N = 2 sigma models, (see, e.g., [42]).

All our presentations will concern the classical theory. We shall not discuss the interesting and important question of quantization.

2. Sigma Models

A non-linear sigma model is a theory of maps from a (super) manifold ∑(d, N) to a target space (we shall mostly avoid global issues and assume that all of T can be covered by such maps in patches) T:

Symmetry 04 00474 i001

Denoting the coordinates on ∑(d, N) by z = (ξ,θ), the maps are derived by extremizing an action

Symmetry 04 00474 i002

The actual form of the action depends on the bosonic and fermionic dimensions dB, dF of Σ. We have temporarily included a boundary term, which is sometimes needed for open models to have all the symmetries of the bulk-theory [43,44,45], or when there are fields living only on the boundary coupling to the bulk fields as is the well known case for (stacks of) D-branes. For a discussion of the latter in a sigma model context, see [46]. Expanding the superfield as Φ(ξ, θ) = X + θΨ+ …, where X(ξ) and Ψ(ξ) are bosonic and fermionic fields over the even part of Σ (coordinatized by ξ), the action Equation (2) becomes

Symmetry 04 00474 i003

where d = dB is the bosonic dimension of Σ and we have rescaled the X’s to make them dimensionless, thus introducing the mass-scale μ.

Let us make a few general comments about the action Equation (3), mostly quoted from Hull [47]:

  • 1. The mass-scale μ shows that the model typically will be non-renormalizable for d ≥ 3 but renormalizable and classically conformally invariant in d = 2.

  • 2. We have not included a potential for X and thus excluded Landau–Ginsburg models.

  • 3. There is also the possibility to include a Wess–Zumino term. We shall return to this when discussing d = 2.

  • 4. From a quantum mechanical point of view it is useful to think of Gμv(X) as an infinite number of coupling constants:

    Symmetry 04 00474 i004

  • 5. Classically, it is more rewarding to emphasize the geometry and think of Gμv(X) as a metric on the target space T. This is the aspect we shall be mainly concerned with.

  • 6. The invariance of the action S under Diff(T),

    Symmetry 04 00474 i005
    field-redefinitions from the point of view of the field theory on Σ), implies that the sigma model is defined by an equivalence class of metrics. N.B. This is not a symmetry of the model since the “coupling constants” also transform. It is an important property, however. Classically it means that the model is extendable beyond a single patch in T, and quantum mechanically it is needed for the effective action to be well defined.

That the geometry of the target space T is inherently related to the sigma model is clear already from the preceding comments. Further, the maps extremizing S satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i006

where Symmetry 04 00474 i007, the operator ∇ is the Levi-Civita connection for Gμv and we have ignored the fermions. This is the pull-back of the covariant Laplacian on T to Σ and hence the maps are sometimes called harmonic maps.

The geometric structure that has emerged from the bosonic part shows that the target space geometry must be Riemannian (by which we mean that it comes equipped with a metric and corresponding Levi-Civita connection). Further restrictions arise from supersymmetry.

3. Supersymmetry

This section provides a very brief summary of some aspects of supersymmetry. For a thorough introduction the reader should consult a textbook, e.g., [48,49,50].

At the level of algebra, supersymmetry is an extension of the d-dimensional Poincaré-algebra to include anticommuting charges Q. The form of the algebra depends on d. In dB = 4 the additional (anti-)commutators satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i008

Here α, β,.. are four dimensional spinor indices, Υi are Dirac gamma matrices, C is the (electric) charge conjugation matrix and the charges Qa are spinors that satisfy a Majorana reality condition and transform under some internal symmetry group GO(N) (corresponding to the index a). The generators of the graded Poincaré-algebra are thus the Lorentz-generators M, the generators of translations P and the supersymmetry generators Q. In addition, for non-trivial G, there are central charge generators Z and Y that commute with all the others.

Representations of supersymmetry are most economically collected into superfields Φ(ξ, θ), where θa are Grassmann valued spinorial “coordinates” to which one can attach various amounts of importance. We may think of them as a book-keeping device, much as collecting components into a column-vector. But thinking about (ξ, θ) as coordinates on a supermanifold M(d, N)[51,52] and investigating the geometry of this space has proven a very fruitful way of generating interesting results.

The index a on θa is the same as that on Qa and thus corresponds to the number N of supersymmetries. Let us consider the case N = 1, dB = 4, which implies Z = Y = 0. In a Weyl-representation of the spinors and with the usual identification of the translation generator as a differential operator Symmetry 04 00474 i009, the algebra Equation (7) becomes

Symmetry 04 00474 i010

Introducing Berezin integration/derivation [53], Symmetry 04 00474 i011, the supercharges Q may also be represented (in one of several possible representations) as differential operators acting on superfields:

Symmetry 04 00474 i012

Apart from the various representations alluded to above (chiral, antichiral and vector in four dimensions [48]) there are two basic ways that supercharges can act on superfields, corresponding to left and right group action. This means that, given Equation (9), there is a second pair of differential operators

Symmetry 04 00474 i013

which also generate the algebra Equation (8) and that anticommute with the Q’s:

Symmetry 04 00474 i014

Often the supersymmetry algebra is given only in terms of the D’s. From a geometrical point of view, these are covariant derivatives in superspace and may be used to impose invariant conditions on superfields.

In general, covariant derivatives ∇A in a curved superspace space satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i015

where the left hand side contains a graded commutator TABC is the torsion tensor and Symmetry 04 00474 i016 the curvature with Symmetry 04 00474 i017 the generators of the structure group. The indices Aetc. run over both bosonic and fermionic indices. Comparision to Equation (11), with Symmetry 04 00474 i018, shows that even “flat” ( Symmetry 04 00474 i019) superspace has torsion.

In four dimensions the D’s may be used to find the smallest superfield representation. Such a chiral superfield ϕ and its complex conjugate antichiral field Symmetry 04 00474 i020 are required to satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i021

The Minkowski-field content of this may be read off from the θ-expansion. However, this expansion depends on the particular representation of the D’s and Q’. For this reason it is preferable to define the components in the following representation independent form:

Symmetry 04 00474 i022

where a vertical bar denotes “the θ-independent part of”. In a chiral representation where Symmetry 04 00474 i023 the θ-expansion of a chiral field reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i024

but its complex conjugate involves a θ dependent shift in ξ and looks more complicated.

A dimensional analysis shows that if X is a physical scalar, χ is a physical spinor and F has to be a non-propagating (auxiliary) field. This is the smallest multiplet that contains a scalar, and thus suitable for constructing a supersymmetric extension of the bosonic sigma models we looked at so far. (All other superfields will either be equivalent to (anti) chiral ones or contain additional bosonic fields of higher spin.) Denoting a collection of chiral fields by ϕ = (ϕμ), the most general action we can write down

Symmetry 04 00474 i025

reduces to the bosonic integral

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The most direct way to perform the reduction is to write

Symmetry 04 00474 i027

and then to use Equation (13) when acting with the covariant spinor derivatives. Note that K in Equation (16) is only defined up to a term Symmetry 04 00474 i028 due to the chirality conditions as in Equation (13).

We immediately learn additional things about the geometry of the target space T:

  • 1. It must be even-dimensional.

  • 2. The metric is Hermitian with respect to the canonical complex structure

    Symmetry 04 00474 i029
    for which X and Symmetry 04 00474 i030 are canonical coordinates.

  • 3. The metric has a potential Symmetry 04 00474 i031. In fact, the geometry is Kähler and the ambiguity in the Lagrangian in Equation (16) is known as a Kähler gauge transformation.

4. Complex Geometry I

Let us interrupt the description of sigma models to recapitulate the essentials of Kähler geometry.

Consider (M, G, J) where G is a metric on the manifold M and J is an almost complex structure, i.e., an endomorphism(A (1,1) tensor Jvμ.) Symmetry 04 00474 i032 such that J2 = −1 (only possible if M is even dimensional). This is an almost Hermitian space if (as matrices)

Symmetry 04 00474 i033

Construct the projection operators

Symmetry 04 00474 i034

If the vectors π±V in T are in involution, i.e., if

Symmetry 04 00474 i035

which implies that the Nijenhuis torsion vanishes,

Symmetry 04 00474 i036

then the distributions defined by π± are integrable and J is called a complex structure and G Hermitian. To evaluate the expression in Equation (22) in index notation, think of π as matrices acting on the components of the Lie bracket between the vectors π±V and π±U. This leads to the following expression corresponding to Equation (23):

Symmetry 04 00474 i037

The fundamental two-form ω defined by J and G is

Symmetry 04 00474 i038

If it is closed for a Hermitian complex space, then the metric has a Kähler potential

Symmetry 04 00474 i039

and the geometry is Kähler.

An equivalent characterization is as an almost Hermitian manifold with

Symmetry 04 00474 i040

where ∇ is the Levi-Civita connection.

We shall also need the notion of hyperkähler geometry. Briefly, for such a geometry there exists an SU(2)-worth of complex structures labeled by A ∈ {1,2,3}

Symmetry 04 00474 i041

with respect to all of which the metric is Hermitian

Symmetry 04 00474 i042

5. Sigma Model Geometry

We have already seen how N = 1 (one supersymmetry) in d = 4 requires the target space geometry to be Kähler. To investigate how the geometry gets further restricted for N = 2, there are various options: (i) Discuss the problem entirely in components (no supersymmetry manifest); (ii) Introduce projective (or harmonic) superspace and write models with manifest N = 2 symmetry; (iii) Add a non-manifest supersymmetry to the model already described and work out the consequences. The last option requires the least new machinery, so we first follow this. The question is thus under what conditions

Symmetry 04 00474 i300

can support an additional supersymmetry. The most general ansatz for such a symmetry is

Symmetry 04 00474 i043

One finds closure of the additional supersymmetry algebra (on-shell) and invariance of the action provided that the target space geometry is hyperkähler with the non-manifest complex structures formed from Ω [54]:

Symmetry 04 00474 i044

Further, the parameter superfield ε obeys

Symmetry 04 00474 i045

It contains the parameter for central charge transformations along with the supersymmetry parameters.

The full table of geometries for supersymmetric non-linear sigma models without Wess–Zumino term reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i252

(Odd dimensions have the same structure as the even dimension lower.) When we specialize to two or six dimensions, we have the additional possibility of having independent left and right supersymmetries; the N = (p, q) supersymmetries of Hull and Witten [55]. We shall return to this possibility when we discuss d = 2, but now we turn to the question of how to gauge isometries on Kähler and hyperkähler manifolds.

6. Gauging Isometries and the HK Reduction

This section is to a large extent a review of [54,5].

6.1. Gauging Isometries of Bosonic Sigma Models

The table in the previous section describing the target-space geometry shows that constructing, e.g., new N = 2, d = 4 nonlinear sigma models is tantamount to finding new hyper-kähler geometries. A systematic method for doing this involves isometries of the target space, which we now discuss.

Consider again the bosonic action

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As noted in Section 2, a target space diffeomorphism leaves this action invariant and corresponds to a field redefinition. As also pointed out, this is not a symmetry of the field theory. A symmetry of the field theory involves a transformation of ϕ only;

Symmetry 04 00474 i047

where Lλk denotes the Lie derivative along the vector λk. Under such a transformation the action varies as

Symmetry 04 00474 i048

The transformation thus gives an invariance of the action if

Symmetry 04 00474 i049

i.e., if the transformation is an isometry and hence if the kAμ’s are Killing-vectors.

We take the kA’s to generate a Lie algebra g

Symmetry 04 00474 i050


Symmetry 04 00474 i051

In what follows, we assume that g can be exponentiated to a group G.

One way to construct a new sigma model from one which has isometries is to gauge the isometries and then find a gauge connection that extremizes the action [54]. The new sigma model will be a quotient of the original one. Briefly, this goes as follows:

The isometries generated by kA are gauged introducing a gauge field AiA using minimal coupling,

Symmetry 04 00474 i052

in the action Equation (34):

Symmetry 04 00474 i053

This action is now locally invariant under the symmetries defined by the algebra Equation (38). Note that there is no kinetic term for the gauge-field. Extremizing Equation (41) with respect to AiA singles out a particular gauge-field:

Symmetry 04 00474 i054


Symmetry 04 00474 i055

In terms of this particular connection, the action Equation (41) now reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i056

where indices have been lowered using the metric G. Since Symmetry 04 00474 i057 in the action Equation (44 ), this is a new sigma model defined on the space of orbits of the group G, i.e., on the quotient space T/G. The metric on this space is Symmetry 04 00474 i058.

To apply this construction to Kähler manifolds, or equivalently, supersymmetric models, in such a way as to preserve the Kähler properties, more restrictions are required. First, the isometries we need to gauge are holomorphic and the gauge group we have to consider is the complexification of the group relevant to the bosonic part.

6.2. Holomorphic Isometries

A holomorphic isometry on a Kähler manifold satisfies

Symmetry 04 00474 i059

where J is the complex structure and ω is the Kähler two-form defined in Equation (25). The fact that a Kähler manifold is symplectic makes it possible to consider the moment map for the Hamiltonian vector field λk. The corresponding Hamiltonian function μλk is defined by

Symmetry 04 00474 i060

In holomorphic coordinates Symmetry 04 00474 i061 where Symmetry 04 00474 i062, this reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i063

From these relations it is clear why μλk is sometimes referred to as a Killing potential. Now μ defines a map from the target space of the sigma model into the dual of the Lie-algebra generated by kA:

Symmetry 04 00474 i064

where μA is the basis for *g that corresponds to the basis kA for g. When the action of the Hamiltonian field can be made to agree with the natural action of the group G on T and on *g, the μA’s are called moment maps (We use to the (US) East cost nomenclature as opposed to the West coast “momentum map”.) This is the case when μλk is equivariant, i.e., when

Symmetry 04 00474 i065

where the equivalence refers to holomorphic isometries.

The Kähler metric is the Hessian of the Kähler potential K. As mentioned in Section 3, this leaves an ambiguity in the potential; it is only defined up to the sum of a holomorphic and an antiholomorphic term.

Symmetry 04 00474 i066

An isometry thus only has to preserve K up to such terms:

Symmetry 04 00474 i067

For a holomorphic isometry Symmetry 04 00474 i068 this implies for the projection

Symmetry 04 00474 i069

(Recall that Symmetry 04 00474 i070 and Symmetry 04 00474 i071, so that Symmetry 04 00474 i072+hol. and Symmetry 04 00474 i073+antihol. )

6.3. Gauging Isometries of Supersymmetric Sigma Models

Due to the chiral nature of superspace, the isometries act through the complexification of the isometry group G. Explicitly, the parameter λgets replaced by superfield parameters Symmetry 04 00474 i074 and Symmetry 04 00474 i075, while the bosonic gauge field AiA becomes one of the components of a real superfield VA. (This is the last occurrence of i as a world volume index. Below i, j,… denote gauge indies.) In the simplest case of isotropy, kAi(ϕ) = (TA)jiϕj, the coupling to the chiral fields in the sigma model is

Symmetry 04 00474 i076

At the same time, a gauge transformation with (chiral) parameter Symmetry 04 00474 i074 acts on the chiral and antichiral fields as

Symmetry 04 00474 i077

The relation Equation (53) can thus be interpreted as a gauge transformation of Symmetry 04 00474 i020 with parameter iV. For general isometries a gauge transformation with parameter iV is

Symmetry 04 00474 i078

and this is the form we need to use when defining Symmetry 04 00474 i079. The coupling is thus

Symmetry 04 00474 i080

Under a global isometry transformation, according to Equation (51), there may arise terms such as

Symmetry 04 00474 i081

whose vanishing ensures the invariance. This is no-longer true in the local case where the corresponding term

Symmetry 04 00474 i082

will not vanish in general. The remedy is to introduce auxiliary coordinates Symmetry 04 00474 i083 and assign transformations to them that make the modified Kähler potential Symmetry 04 00474 i084 invariant (rather than invariant up to (anti) holomorphic terms):

Symmetry 04 00474 i085

The action involving Symmetry 04 00474 i084 may now be gauged using the prescription Equation (56) and takes the form (dropping the irrelevant Symmetry 04 00474 i086 term after gauging)

Symmetry 04 00474 i087


Symmetry 04 00474 i088

Using the definition of Symmetry 04 00474 i089 and the relation to the moment maps (see Equation (52) and below), we rewrite this as

Symmetry 04 00474 i090

A more geometric form of the gauged Lagrangian is

Symmetry 04 00474 i091

where we recall that

Symmetry 04 00474 i092

The form of the action that follows from Equation (63) directly leads to the symplectic quotient as applied to a Kähler manifold [56]: Eliminating VA results in

Symmetry 04 00474 i093

The Kähler quotient is illustrated in the following picture, taken from [5] (with permission from the publisher Springer Verlag) :

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The isometry group G acts on μ−1(0) and produces the quotient Symmetry 04 00474 i094. The same space is obtained if one considers the extension of μ−1(0) by exp(JX) and takes the quotient by the complexified group GC.

If we start from a hyperkähler manifold with triholomorphic isometries, there will also be complex moment maps corresponding to the two non-canonical complex structures

Symmetry 04 00474 i095

In addition to Equation (65), we will then have the conditions

Symmetry 04 00474 i096

defining holomorphic subspaces. This hyperkähler quotient prescription [4,5] gives a new hyperkähler space from an old one. The N = 2 sigma model action that encodes this (in d = 4, N = 1 language) reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i097

where Symmetry 04 00474 i098 is defined in Equation (61) and Symmetry 04 00474 i099 is the N = 2 vector (gauge) multiplet. The latter consists of a chiral superfield S and its complex conjugate Symmetry 04 00474 i100 in addition to V.

7. Two Dimensional Models and Generalized Kähler Geometry

The quotient constructions just discussed are limited to backgrounds with only a metric present. Recently extensions of such geometries to include also an antisymmetric B-field have led to a number of new results in d = 2 which are expected to contribute to new quotients involving such geometries.

Two (bosonic) dimensional domains Σ are interesting in that they support sigma models with independent left and right supersymmetries. Such (p, q) models were introduced by Hull and Witten in [55], and also have analogues in d = 6. There is a wealth of results on the target-space geometry for (p, q)-models. The geometry is typically a generalization of Kähler geometry with vector potential for the metric instead of a scalar potential etc. See, e.g., [57,58]. Here we first focus on (1,1) and (2,2) models in d = 2.

The (1,1) supersymmetry algebra is

Symmetry 04 00474 i101

where + and − are spinor indices and Symmetry 04 00474 i102 are light-cone coordinates in d = 2 Minkowski space.

A general sigma model written in terms of real N = (1,1) superfields ϕ is

Symmetry 04 00474 i103

where the metric G and B-field have been collected into

Symmetry 04 00474 i104

Here N = (1,1) supersymmetry is manifest by construction and we shall see that additional non-manifest ones will again restrict the target space geometry. In fact, the geometry is already modified due to the presence of the B-field. The field-equations now read

Symmetry 04 00474 i105


Symmetry 04 00474 i106

is the sum of the Levi-Civita connection and a torsion-term formed from the field-strength for the B-field (The anti-symmetrization does not include a combinatorial factor):

Symmetry 04 00474 i107

Only when H = 0 do we recover the non-torsionful Riemann geometry. The full picture is given in the following table:

Table Table 1. The geometries of sigma-models with different supersymmetries.

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Table 1. The geometries of sigma-models with different supersymmetries.
Supersymmetry (0,0) or (1,1) (2,2) (2,2)(4,4) (4,4)
Background G,BGG,BGG,B
Geometry Riemannian Kähler bi-Hermitian hyperkähler bihypercomplex

We first look at the Gates–Hull–Roček (GHR) bi-Hermitian geometry, or Generalized Kähler geometry as is its modern guise. Starting from the N = (1,1) action Equation (7), one can ask for additional, non-manifest supersymmetries. By dimensional arguments, such a symmetry must act on the superfields as

Symmetry 04 00474 i109

where (±) correspond to left or right symmetries. It was shown by GHR in [7] that invariance of the action Equation (7) and closure of the algebra require that J(±) are complex structures that are covariantly constant with respect to the torsionful connections

Symmetry 04 00474 i110

and that the metric is Hermitian with respect to both these complex structures

Symmetry 04 00474 i111

In addition, the B-field field-strength (torsion) must obey

Symmetry 04 00474 i112

where the chirality assignment refers to both complex structures. Here we have introduced Symmetry 04 00474 i113, where the last equality holds in canonical coordinates, the two-forms are ω(±)GJ(±) as tensors and Symmetry 04 00474 i114. When J(+) = ±J(−) this geometry reduces to Kähler geometry.

Gualtieri gives a nice interpretation of the full bi-Hermitian geometry in the context of Generalized Complex Geometry [59] and calls it Generalized Kähler Geometry [60], which we now briefly describe.

8. Complex Geometry II

The definition of Generalized Complex Geometry (GCG) parallels that of complex geometry but is based on the sum of the tangent and cotangent bundle instead of just the tangent bundle. Hence we consider a section J of End(TT*) such that J2 = −1. To define integrability we again use projection operators

Symmetry 04 00474 i115

but now we require that the subspaces of TT* defined by II± are in involution with respect to a bracket defined on that bundle. Denoting an element of TT* by v + ξ with vT, ξT*, we thus require

Symmetry 04 00474 i116

where the bracket is the Courant bracket defined by

Symmetry 04 00474 i117

where [, ] is the Lie bracket and, e.g., ivχ = χ(v) = vχ. The full definition of GCG also requires the natural pairing metric I to be preserved. The natural pairing is

Symmetry 04 00474 i118

In a coordinate basis (∂μ, dxv) where we represent v + ξ as (v,ξ)t, the relation in Equation (82) may be written as [30]:

Symmetry 04 00474 i119

so that

Symmetry 04 00474 i120

and preservation of I by J means

Symmetry 04 00474 i121

The specialization to Generalized Kähler Geometry (GKG) occurs when we have two commuting GCS’s

Symmetry 04 00474 i122

This allows the definition of a metric (this is really a local product structure as defined but appropriate contractions with I makes it a metric) G ≡ − J(1)J(2) which satisfies

Symmetry 04 00474 i123

The definition of GKG requires this metric to be positive definite.

The relation of GKG to bi-Hermitian geometry is given by the following “Gualtieri map”:

Symmetry 04 00474 i124

which maps the bi-Hermitian data into the GK data. When H = 0 the first and last matrix on the right hand side represent a “B-transform” which is one of the automorphisms of the Courant bracket, but here H ≠ 0 in general.

For the Kähler case, J(1,2) in Equation (88), and G reduce to

Symmetry 04 00474 i125

where J is the complex structure, ω is the corresponding Kähler form and g is the Hermitian metric. This fact is the origin of the name Generalized Kähler coined by Gualtieri [60].

9. N = (2,2), d = 2 Sigma Models Off-Shell

The N = (1,1) discussion of GHR identified the geometry of the sigma models that could be extended to have N = (2,2) supersymmetry, but they found closure of the algebra only when the complex structures commute, i.e., on ker[J(+), J(−)], in which case they gave a full N = (2,2) description in terms of chiral and twisted chiral fields. In this section we extend the discussion to the non-commuting case and describe the general situation following [32]. Earlier relevant discussions may be found in [61,62,63,64].

The d = 2, N = (2,2) algebra of covariant derivatives is

Symmetry 04 00474 i126

A chiral superfield ϕ satisfies the same constraints as in d = 4:

Symmetry 04 00474 i127

but in d = 2 we may also introduce twisted chiral fields χ that satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i128

The sigma model action

Symmetry 04 00474 i129

then precisely yields the GKG on ker[J(+), J(−)], as may be seen by reducing the action to a N = (1,1)-formulation. Denoting the (1,1) covariant derivatives by D± and the generators of the second supersymmetry Q± we have

Symmetry 04 00474 i130

Note that this formulation shows that both the metric and the H-field have K as a potential

Symmetry 04 00474 i131

where derivatives on K are understood in the first line, and the second line is a three-form written in terms of the holomorphic differentials:

Symmetry 04 00474 i132

See [65] for a more detailed discussion of the above coordinatization.

Furthermore, as discussed for GKG in the previous section, the commuting complex structures imply the existence of a local product structure

Symmetry 04 00474 i133

To discriminate it from the general GK case we call this a “Bi-Hermitian Local Product” (BiLP) geometry.

The general case with (ker[J(+), J(−)]) ≠ ∅ was long a challenge. (In a number of publications co-authored by me, (ker[J(+), J(−)]) was incorrectly denoted coker[J(+), J(−)]. I apologize for participating in this misuse). The key issue here is what additional N = (2,2) superfields (if any) would suffice to describe the geometry. The available fields are complex linear ∑ϕ, twisted complex linear ∑χ and semichiral superfields. Of these ∑ϕ are dual to chirals and ∑χ to twisted chirals (See appendix A). The candidate superfields are thus left and right semi-(anti)chirals Symmetry 04 00474 i167 which obey

Symmetry 04 00474 i134

A N = (2,2) model written in terms of these fields reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i135

and an equal number of left and right fields are needed to yield a sensible sigma model. When reduced to N = (1,1) superspace, this action gives a more general model than what we have considered so far. Using Equation (94) we have the following N = (1,1) superfield content;

Symmetry 04 00474 i136

where the vertical bar now denotes setting half the fermi-coordinates to zero. Clearly, XL,R are scalar superfields and hence suitable for the N = (1,1) sigma model, but ΨL,R± are spinorial fields. They enter the reduced action as auxiliary fields and are the auxiliary N = (1,1) superfields needed for closure of the N = (2,2) algebra when [J(+), J(−)] ≠ 0 (see [12]). The structure of such an a N = (1,1) action is schematically [29]

Symmetry 04 00474 i137

where E = G + B as before.

In [32] we show that a sigma model fully describing GKG, i.e., ker[J(+), J(−)] ⊕ (ker[J(+), J(−)]), is (away from irregular points, i.e., points where the Poisson structures Equation (103), Equation (108) change rank)

Symmetry 04 00474 i138

where K acts as a generalized Kähler potential in terms of derivatives of which all geometric quantities can be expressed (locally). This Khas the additional interpretation as a generating function for symplectomorphisms between certain sets of coordinates on (ker[J(+), J(−)]), the canonical coordinates for J(+) and J(−), respectively. The proof of these statements relies heavily on Poisson geometry [32] and is summarized in what follows.

First, the fact that (ϕ,χ) and their Hermitian conjugates are enough to describe ker[J(+), J(−)] may be reformulated using the Poisson-structures [66]

Symmetry 04 00474 i139

In a neighborhood of a regular point, coordinates may be chosen such that

Symmetry 04 00474 i140

It can be shown that AA' and that we have coordinates labeled (a, a', A.A') adapted to

Symmetry 04 00474 i141


Symmetry 04 00474 i142

Here Ic and It have the canonical form

Symmetry 04 00474 i143

We thus have nice coordinates for ker[J(+) J(−)] ⊕ ker[J(+) + J(−)] = ker[J(+), J(−)], but (ker[J(+), J(−)]) remains to be described. Here a third Poisson structure turns out to be useful;

Symmetry 04 00474 i144

Now kerσ = ker π+ker π so we focus on (kerσ). The symplectic leaf for σ is (ker[J(+), J(−)]) and the third Poisson structure also has the following useful properties [67]:

Symmetry 04 00474 i145

where the holomorphic types are with respect to both complex structures. To investigate the consequences of Equation (109) it is advantageous to first consider the case when ker[J(+), J(−)] = ∅. It then follows that σ is invertible and its inverse Ω is a symplectic form;

Symmetry 04 00474 i146

We may chose coordinates adapted to J(+)

Symmetry 04 00474 i147

In those coordinates we have from Equation (109) that

Symmetry 04 00474 i148

which identifies Symmetry 04 00474 i149 as a holomorphic symplectic structure. The coordinates may then be further specified to be Darboux coordinates for this symplectic structure

Symmetry 04 00474 i150

The same derivation with J(+) replaced by J(−) gives a second set of Darboux coordinates which are canonical coordinates for J(−) and where

Symmetry 04 00474 i151

Clearly the two sets of canonical coordinates are related by a symplectomorphism. Let K(q, P) denote a generating function for this symplectomorphism. Expressing all our quantities in the mixed coordinates (q, P), we discover that the expressions for J(+), Ω, G = Ω[J(+), J(−)],… are precisely what we (see also [12,64] for partial results) derived from the sigma model action Equation (102) provided that we identify the coordinates (q, P) with ( Symmetry 04 00474 i255) (and the same for the Hermitian conjugates).

In the general case when [J(+), J(−)] ≠ ∅, we again get agreement, provided that the coordinates indexed Aand A' in Equation (106) are identified with the chiral and twisted chiral fields (ϕ, χ). We thus have a one to one correspondence between the description covered by the sigma model and all of [J(+), J(+)], i.e., for all possible cases.

10. Linearization of Generalized Kähler Geometry

The generalized Kähler potential Symmetry 04 00474 i152 yields all geometric quantities, but as non-linear expressions (dualizing a BiLP to (twisted) complex linear fields yields a model with similar nonlinearities) in derivatives of K(unlike the case Equation (95)). In [34] we show that these non-linearities can be viewed as arising from a quotient of a higher dimensional model with certain null Kac–Moody symmetries. To illustrate the idea, we first consider an example.

10.1. A Bosonic Example

Consider a Lagrangian of the form

Symmetry 04 00474 i153

Following Stückelberg, we may think of this as a gauge fixed version of the gauge-invariant Lagrangian

Symmetry 04 00474 i154

with Symmetry 04 00474 i155 and gauge invariance

Symmetry 04 00474 i156

Finally, the Lagrangian L2 can in turn be thought of as arising through gauging of the global translational symmetry δφ = ε in a third Lagrangian

Symmetry 04 00474 i157

A slightly more elaborate example is provided by the following sigma model Lagrangian;

Symmetry 04 00474 i158

where Aμ is an auxiliary field. Following the line of reasoning above, this Lagrangian may be thought of as a gauge fixed version of

Symmetry 04 00474 i159

where Dμ is as defined above, Ga0Ga, G00 G and the Stückelberg field φ ϕ0. In turn Symmetry 04 00474 i160 is the gauged version (in adapted coordinates) of the Lagrangian

Symmetry 04 00474 i161

whose global symmetry is given by the isometry

Symmetry 04 00474 i162

We see that eliminating the auxiliary field in Symmetry 04 00474 i163 is tantamount to extremizing Symmetry 04 00474 i160 with respect to the gauge field, i.e., to constructing a quotient of the Lagrangian Symmetry 04 00474 i164 with respect to its isometry. The only remaining question seems to be if varying the gauge-fixed Symmetry 04 00474 i163 is the same as varying Symmetry 04 00474 i160(modulo gauge-fixing). The resulting Aμ’s differ by a gauge-transformation ∂μφ. Explicitly:

Symmetry 04 00474 i165

10.2. The Generalized Kähler Potential

We apply the procedure described above to a semichiral sigma model. Most of the rest of this section is taken directly from [34,35] where more details may be found.

Consider the generalized Kähler potential

Symmetry 04 00474 i166

where Symmetry 04 00474 i167 are left and right semi-chiral N = (2,2) superfields:

Symmetry 04 00474 i168

We descend to N = (1,1) as in Equation (100) by defining components

Symmetry 04 00474 i169

which satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i170

Symmetry 04 00474 i171

The N = (1,1) form of the Lagrangian is

Symmetry 04 00474 i172


Symmetry 04 00474 i173

Here we use a short hand notation where, e.g., KLR denotes the matrix of second derivatives of the potential Equation (124) with respect to both bared and un-bared left and right fields. Also the canonical complex structures Iis defined in Equation (107). Notice that neither ΨL+ nor ΨR occur in the action.

10.3. ALP and Kac–Moody Quotient

The procedure Symmetry 04 00474 i174 outlined in Section 10.1 applied to the present case entails the replacements (ΨL−,ΨR+) ⟶ (∇φL, ∇+φR) ⟶ (DφL, D+φR) with Symmetry 04 00474 i163 given by Equation (129), and where

Symmetry 04 00474 i175

The gauge invariance of Symmetry 04 00474 i160 is

Symmetry 04 00474 i176

which gauges the following “global” invariance of Symmetry 04 00474 i164:

Symmetry 04 00474 i177

Since the matrix E in Equation (130) is independent of φR/L, invariance under Equations (117) and (133) is immediate. Using the metric Symmetry 04 00474 i178 one also verifies that the Killing-vectors

Symmetry 04 00474 i179

are null-vectors. Furthermore, the constraints in Equation (133) imply

Symmetry 04 00474 i180

or covariantly [68]

Symmetry 04 00474 i181

with ∇(±) defined in Equation (73). These relations identify the global symmetries as null Kac–Moody isometries.

After applying the procedure outlined above, we obtain a Lagrangian Symmetry 04 00474 i164. It is then useful to introduce a definition from [34]:

The space corresponding to Symmetry 04 00474 i164 is the N = (1,1)form of the Auxiliary Local Product space (ALP) for the N = (2,2)Lagrangian Symmetry 04 00474 i163 in Equation (129).

In other words, the ALP is given by the action

Symmetry 04 00474 i182

where E is the matrix given in Equation (130), the bullets denote the decoupled ΨL+R, and the Lagrangian is invariant under the global Kac–Moody isometry Equation (134).

10.3.1. Kac–Moody Quotient in (1,1)

The Lagrangian Equation (137) is an equivalent starting point for deriving the GK geometry for the target space of Equation (129): To recapitulate from Section 10.1, this proceeds by gauging the isometry to obtain the Symmetry 04 00474 i160 Lagrangian

Symmetry 04 00474 i183

Elimination of the gauge fields (cf. Equation (123));

Symmetry 04 00474 i184

yields the quotient metric and B-field from E:

Symmetry 04 00474 i185

where, suppressing indices on the two by two complex matrices,

Symmetry 04 00474 i186

The corresponding Lagrangian is

Symmetry 04 00474 i187

10.3.2. Kac–Moody quotient in (2,2)

As an alternative, we may perform the Kac–Moody quotient in (2,2) superspace. Very briefly, this goes as follows:

In the generalized potential we replace the semi-chiral fields by sums of chiral and twisted chiral fields according to

Symmetry 04 00474 i188

This doubles the degrees of freedom in the semi sector but the corresponding action has a Kac–Moody symmetry

Symmetry 04 00474 i189

where the parameters satisfy

Symmetry 04 00474 i190

To keep the same degrees of freedom as in the original model, we gauge the Kac–Moody symmetry which reintroduces semi-chiral fields:

Symmetry 04 00474 i191

The local complex Kac–Moody symmetry is now

Symmetry 04 00474 i192

The equivalence to the generalized potential is seen by going to a gauge where the “ϕ + χ” terms are zero.

For comparison, we descend to N = (1,1) via the identification

Symmetry 04 00474 i193

This gives the N = (1,1) action in terms of the complex scalar fields XL,R and φL,R, with the Kac–Moody generated by the null Killing vectors Equation (134). These corresponding isometries may be used in a quotient to give precisely the nonlinear expressions in terms of derivatives of K that we found in Equation (140). They arise from

Symmetry 04 00474 i194

where Eμv are the XL,R components in Equation (130). Note that the existence of a left and a right isometry generalizes the construction in Equation (44) slightly, to allow for a B-field.

11. Projective Superspace

Typically, the N = (2,2) formulation of the N = (4,4) models require explicit transformations on the N = (2,2) superfields that close to the supersymmetry algebra on-shell. This non-manifest formulation makes the construction of new models difficult. Below follows a brief description of a superspace where all supersymmetries are manifest. This projective superspace (The name refers to the projective coordinates on ℂℙ1 =∶ ℙ1 being used. It is really a misnomer in that it is unrelated to the usual definition of projective spaces) [6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19] has been developed independent of harmonic superspace [69]. The relation between the two approaches was first discussed in [70] and more recently in [71]. A key reference for this section is [72] and the review [73].

A hyperkähler space Tsupports three globally defined integrable complex structures I, J, K obeying the quaternion algebra: IJ =−JI =K, plus cyclic permutations. Any linear combination of these aI +bJ +cK is again a complex structure on Tif a2 + b2 + c2 = 1, i.e., if {a,b,c} lies on a two-sphere S2 ≃ ℙ1. The Twistor space Zof a hyperkähler space Tis the product of Twith this two-sphere Z = T × ℙ1. The two-sphere thus parametrizes the complex structures and we choose projective coordinates Symmetry 04 00474 i195 to describe it (in a patch including the north pole). It is an interesting and remarkable fact that the very same S2 arises in an extension of superspace to accommodate manifest N = (4,4) models.

Although projective superspace can be defined for different bosonic dimensions, we shall remain in two. Here the algebra of N = (4,4) superspace derivatives is

Symmetry 04 00474 i196

We may parameterize a ℙ1 of maximal graded Abelian sub-algebras as (suppressing the spinor indices)

Symmetry 04 00474 i197

where Symmetry 04 00474 i195 is the coordinate introduced above, and the bar on ∇ denotes conjugation with respect to a real structure ℜ defined as complex conjugation composed with the antipodal map on ℙ1S2. The two new covariant derivatives in Equation (151) anti-commute

Symmetry 04 00474 i198

They may be used to introduce constraints on superfields similarly to how the N = (2,2) derivatives are used to impose chirality constraints in Section 9. Superfields now live in an extended superspace with coordinates Symmetry 04 00474 i199. The superfields ϒ we shall be interested in satisfy the projective chirality constraint

Symmetry 04 00474 i200

and are taken to have the following Symmetry 04 00474 i195-expansion:

Symmetry 04 00474 i201

When the index i ∈ [0, ∞) the field ϒ is analytic around the north pole of the ℙ1 and consequently called an arctic multiplet. For tropical and antarctic multiplets see [17]. We use the real structure acting on superfields, Symmetry 04 00474 i202, to impose reality conditions on the superfields. An O(2n) multiplet is thus defined via

Symmetry 04 00474 i203

The expansion Equation (154) is useful in displaying the N = (2,2) content of the multiplets. Using the relation Equation (151) to the N = (2,2) derivatives in Equation (153) we read off the following expansion for an O(4) multiplet Equation (155):

Symmetry 04 00474 i204

with the component N = (2,2) fields being chiral ϕ, unconstrained Xand complex linear Σ. A complex linear field satisfies

Symmetry 04 00474 i205

and is dual to a chiral superfield (see the appendix). A general arctic projective chiral ϒ has the expansion

Symmetry 04 00474 i206

with all Xi’s unconstrained.

11.1. The Generalized Legendre Transform

In this section we review one particular construction of hyperkähler metrics using projective superspace introduced in [11].

An N = (4,4) invariant action for the field in Equation (158) may be written as

Symmetry 04 00474 i207


Symmetry 04 00474 i208

for some suitably defined contour C. Eliminating the auxiliary fields Xi by their equations of motion will yield an N = (2,2) model defined on the tangent bundle T(T) parametrized by (ϕ, Σ). Dualizing the complex linear fields Σ to chiral fields Symmetry 04 00474 i089 the final result is a supersymmetric N = (2,2) sigma model in terms of Symmetry 04 00474 i209 which is guaranteed by construction to have N = (4,4) supersymmetry, and thus to define a hyperkähler metric. In equations, these steps are:

Solve the equations of motion for the auxiliary fields (techniques for this were developed in [74]):

Symmetry 04 00474 i210

Solving these equations puts us on N = 2-shell, which means that only the N = (2,2) component symmetry remains off-shell. (In fact, insisting on keeping the N = (4,4) constraints Equation (153) will put us totally on-shell.) In N = (2,2) superspace the resulting model, after eliminating Xi, is given by a Lagrangian Symmetry 04 00474 i211. This is finally dualized to Symmetry 04 00474 i212 via a Legendre transform

Symmetry 04 00474 i213

11.2. Hyperkähler Metrics on Hermitian Symmetric Spaces

This section contains an introduction to [26] where the generalized Legendre transform described in the previous section is used to find metrics on the Hermitian symmetric spaces listed in the following table:

Symmetry 04 00474 i254

The special features of these quotient spaces that allow us to find a hyperkähler metric on their co-tangent bundle is the existence of holomorphic isometries and that we are able to find convenient coset representatives.

A simple example of how the coset representative enters in understanding a quotient is given, e.g., in [75]. In Symmetry 04 00474 i214 the sphere Sn forms a representation of SO(n + 1). The isotropy subgroup at the north pole p0 of Sn is SO(n). Consider another point p on Sn and let gpSO(n + 1) be an element that maps p0p. The complete set of elements of SO(n + 1) which map p0p is thus of the form gpSO(n), or in other words Sn = SO(n + 1)/SO(n). A coset representative is a choice of element in gpSO(n), and that choice can make the transport of properties defined at the north pole to an arbitrary point more or less transparent.

An important step in the generalized Legendre transform is to solve the auxiliary field Equation (161). As outlined in [74] and further elaborated in [76], for Hermitian symmetric spaces the auxiliary fields may be eliminated exactly. In the present case, we start from a solution at the origin ϕ = 0,

Symmetry 04 00474 i215

We then extend this solution to a solution ϒ* at an arbitrary point using a coset representative. We illustrate the method in an example due to S. Kuzenko.

Ex. (Kuzenko)

The Kähler potential for ℙ1 is given by

Symmetry 04 00474 i216

and we denote the metric that follows from this by Symmetry 04 00474 i217. Here ϕ is a holomorphic coordinate which we extend to an N = (2,2) chiral superfield. To construct a hyperkähler metric we first replace ϕ ⟶ ϒ, and then solve the auxiliary field equation as in Equation (163). Thinking of ℂℙn as the quotient G1,n+1(ℂ) = U(n + 1)/U(n) × U(1), we use a carefully chosen coset representative Symmetry 04 00474 i218 to extend the solution from the origin to an arbitrary point. The result is

Symmetry 04 00474 i219

To find the chiral multiplet Σ that parametrizes the tangent bundle, we use the definition

Symmetry 04 00474 i220


Symmetry 04 00474 i221

The N = (2,2) superspace Lagrangian on the tangent bundle is then

Symmetry 04 00474 i222

The final Legendre transform replacing the linear multiplet by a new chiral field Symmetry 04 00474 i223 produces the Kähler potential Symmetry 04 00474 i224 for the Eguchi–Hanson metric.

The ℙ1 example captures the essential idea in our construction. The reader is referred to the papers [26,27,28] for more examples.

11.3. Other Alternatives in Projective Superspace

Of the two methods for constructing hyperkähler metrics introduced in [4], we have dwelt on the Legendre transform generalized to projective superspace. The hyperkähler reduction discussed in Section 6 may also be lifted to projective superspace. Both these methods involve only chiral N = (2,2) superfields. When a nonzero B-field is present, the N = (2,2) sigma models involve chiral, twisted chiral and semichiral superfields, as discussed in Section 2. For a full description of (generalizations of) hyperkähler metrics on such spaces, the doubly projective superspace [12] is required. We now briefly touch on this construction.

In the doubly projective superspace, at each point in ordinary superspace we introduce one ℙ1 for each chirality and denote the corresponding coordinates by Symmetry 04 00474 i225 and Symmetry 04 00474 i226. The condition Equation (151) turns into

Symmetry 04 00474 i227

with the conjugated operators defined with respect to the real structure ℜ acting on both Symmetry 04 00474 i225 and Symmetry 04 00474 i226. A superfield has the expansion

Symmetry 04 00474 i228

and is taken to be both left and right projectively chiral. We may also impose reality conditions using ℜ, as well as particular conditions on the components, such as the “cylindrical” condition

Symmetry 04 00474 i229

for some k. Actions are formed in analogy to Equations (159) and (160). The N = (2,2) components of such a model include twisted chiral fields χ, as well as semi-chiral ones Symmetry 04 00474 i167. In fact this is the context in which the semi-chiral N = (2,2) superfields were introduced [12]. Hyperkähler metrics derived in this superspace are discussed in [14]. An exciting project is to merge this picture with the results in [34].


A. Chiral-Complex linear duality

In two dimensions, chiral superfields Equation (13) obey

Symmetry 04 00474 i230

and twisted chiral superfields χ obey

Symmetry 04 00474 i231

and the complex conjugate relations. They are related via Legendre transformations to complex linearΣϕ and twisted complex linear Σχ superfields obeying

Symmetry 04 00474 i232

and the complex conjugate relations.

A parent action which relates a BiLP generalized Kähler potential Symmetry 04 00474 i233 to its dual Symmetry 04 00474 i234 is

Symmetry 04 00474 i235

Variation of the (twisted) complex linear fields constrains Symmetry 04 00474 i236 to be Symmetry 04 00474 i237 and Symmetry 04 00474 i233 is recovered. On the other hand, the Symmetry 04 00474 i236 field equations are

Symmetry 04 00474 i238

Assuming that they can be solved for Symmetry 04 00474 i236 as functions of the (twisted) complex linear fields we find the Legendre transformed potential Symmetry 04 00474 i234 when the solutions are plugged back into Equation (A4).

The above discussion is purely local. To consider global issues, one must take into account gluing of the potential between patches. In the BiLP case the allowed change between patches Oa and Ob is given by holomorphic coordinate transformations the (generalized) Kähler gauge transformations.

Let us look at Kähler gauge transformations, restricting to the case with no twisted chiral fields for simplicity. We thus have

Symmetry 04 00474 i239

which via a holomorphic coordinate transformation ϕ' = F(ϕ) is equivalent to

Symmetry 04 00474 i240

One may ask what this freedom corresponds to in the dual model where no ambiguity of the same type exists.

The dual to K is found from the Legendre transform with parent action

Symmetry 04 00474 i241

and reads

Symmetry 04 00474 i242

after solving

Symmetry 04 00474 i243

The parent action to Symmetry 04 00474 i084 is best considered after the coordinate transformation Equation (7):

Symmetry 04 00474 i244

where Symmetry 04 00474 i245. We find the corresponding dual potential

Symmetry 04 00474 i246

after solving

Symmetry 04 00474 i247

Comparing to Equation (A10) we see that Symmetry 04 00474 i248 as a functions of X is related to Σϕ as a function of X via a holomorphic coordinate transformation depending on the Kähler gauge transformation Fand similarly for their complex conjugate. Explicitly

Symmetry 04 00474 i249

The relation between Symmetry 04 00474 i250 and Symmetry 04 00474 i251 is more complicated due to the linear X terms, but can be worked out from Equations (A12) and (A9).


I am very happy to acknowledge all my collaborators on the papers that form the basis of this presentation. In particular I am grateful for the many years of continuous collaboration with Martin Roček, my intermittent collaborations with Chris Hull, as well as the also long but more recent collaborations with Sergei Kuzenko, Rikard von Unge and Maxim Zabzine. The figure from [5] is reproduced with permission from Springer Verlag. The work was supported by VR grant 621-2009-4066.


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