U. Ertem: Spin Geometry and Some Applications


Ümit Ertem, Spin Geometry and Some Applications, URL: https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.06988, (Submitted on 22 Jan 2018)

Abstract: In this review, basic definitions of spin geometry are given and some of its applications to supersymmetry, supergravity and condensed matter physics are summarized. Clifford algebras and spinors are defined and the first-order differential operators on spinors which lead to the definitions of twistor and Killing spinors are discussed. Holonomy classification for manifolds admitting parallel and Killing spinors are given. Killing-Yano and conformal Killing-Yano forms resulting from the spinor bilinears of Killing and twistor spinors are introduced and the symmetry operators of special spinor equations are constructed in terms of them. Spinor bilinears and symmetry operators are used for constructing the extended superalgebras from twistor and Killing spinors. A method to obtain harmonic spinors from twistor spinors and potential forms is given and its implications on finding solutions of the Seiberg-Witten equations are discussed. Supergravity Killing spinors defined in bosonic supergravity theories are considered and possible Lie algebra structures satisfied by their spinor bilinears are examined. Spin raising and lowering operators for massless field equations with different spins are constructed and the case for Rarita-Schwinger fields is investigated. The derivation of the periodic table of topological insulators and superconductors in terms of Clifford chessboard and index of Dirac operators is summarized.

Comments: 70 pages, Based on the lectures given at METU Physics Depertment between the dates 27 October 2017 and 5 January 2018
Subjects: Mathematical Physics (math-ph); High Energy Physics – Theory (hep-th); Differential Geometry (math.DG)
Cite as: arXiv:1801.06988 [math-ph]
(or arXiv:1801.06988v1 [math-ph] for this version)

Source: Email from N. Valous, nek.valous_AT_nct-heidelberg.de, 26 Jan. 2018, https://arxiv.org/abs/1801.06988

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