All Stable Characteristic Classes of Homological Vector Fields

Elena Mosman, Alexey Sharapov

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An odd vector field Q on a supermanifold M is called homological, if Q2 = 0. The operator of Lie derivative LQ makes the algebra of smooth tensor fields on M into a differential tensor algebra. In this paper, we give a complete classification of certain invariants of homological vector fields called characteristic classes. These take values in the cohomology of the operator LQ and are represented by Q-invariant tensors made up of the homological vector field and a symmetric connection on M by means of the algebraic tensor operations and covariant differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-261
Number of pages19
JournalLetters in Mathematical Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • characteristic classes
  • gauge theories
  • Q-manifolds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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