Physics Group Meeting at IAS | Robert Penna, IAS | “The Geroch Group” | Bloomberg Hall Physics Library

Wed, Oct 23, 2019, 1:45 pm

We review some infinite dimensional symmetries that appear indimensionally reduced classical general relativity.  Reducing from d=4to d=2 gives a two dimensional nonlinear sigma model with an infinitedimensional affine Kac-Moody symmetry called the Geroch group.Further reducing to d=1 (along a null Kill vector) enhances the Gerochgroup to a mysterious "hyperbolic Kac-Moody" symmetry.

Further reading:[1] P. Breitenlohner and D. Maison, "On the Geroch group," Ann. Inst.H. Poincare, 46, 215 (1987)[2] H. Nicolai, "Two-dimensional gravities and supergravities asintegrable systems," in Schladming 1991, Proceedings, Recent aspectsof quantum fields, 231, and Hamburg DESY 91-038[3] H. Lu, M. Perry, and C. Pope, ArXiv:0711.0400 and ArXiv:0712.0615

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Bloomberg Hall Physics Library
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