Killing superalgebras for Lorentzian six-manifolds

Paul de Medeiros, Jose Figueroa-O'Farrill, Andrea Santi

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We calculate the Spencer cohomology of the (1,0) Poincar\'e superalgebras in six dimensions: with and without R-symmetry. As the cases of four and eleven dimensions taught us, we may read off from this calculation a Killing spinor equation which allows the determination of which geometries admit rigidly supersymmetric theories in this dimension. We prove that the resulting Killing spinors generate a Lie superalgebra and determine the geometries admitting the maximal number of such Killing spinors. They are divided in two branches. One branch consists of the lorentzian Lie groups with bi-invariant metrics and, as a special case, it includes the lorentzian Lie groups with a self-dual Cartan three-form which define the maximally supersymmetric backgrounds of (1,0) Poincar\'e supergravity in six dimensions. The notion of Killing spinor on the other branch does not depend on the choice of a three-form but rather on a one-form valued in the R-symmetry algebra. In this case, we obtain three different (up to local isometry) maximally supersymmetric backgrounds, which are distinguished by the causal type of the one-form.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-44
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of geometry and physics
Early online date5 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

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