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Introduction to Graded Geometry, Batalin-Vilkovisky Formalism and their Applications
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Theoretical Physics.
2011 (English)In: Archivum Mathematicum, ISSN 0044-8753, E-ISSN 1212-5059, Vol. 47, no 5, 143-199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

These notes are intended to provide a self-contained introduction to the basic ideas of finite dimensional Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) formalism and its applications. A brief exposition of super- and graded geometries is also given. The BV-formalism is introduced through an odd Fourier transform and the algebraic aspects of integration theory are stressed. As a main application we consider the perturbation theory for certain finite dimensional integrals within BV-formalism. As an illustration we present a proof of the isomorphism between the graph complex and the Chevalley-Eilenberg complex of formal Hamiltonian vectors fields. We briefly discuss how these ideas can be extended to the infinite dimensional setting. These notes should be accessible to both physicists and mathematicians.

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2011. Vol. 47, no 5, 143-199 p.
Keyword [en]
field theory: vector | review: introductory | quantization: Batalin-Vilkovisky | geometry | perturbation theory | Hamiltonian | algebra: Lie | algebra: Frobenius | algebra: Poisson | supersymmetry: algebra | differential forms | Feynman graph | Stokes theorem | cohomology | Chern-Simons term
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Subatomic Physics
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Theoretical Physics
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196368OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196368DiVA: diva2:609990
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