N= 2 supersymmetry in four spacetime dimensions is intimately related to hyperkähler and quaternionic Kähler geometries. On one hand, the target spaces for rigid supersymmetric sigma-models are necessarily hyperkähler manifolds. On the other hand, when coupled to N= 2 supergravity, the sigma-model target spaces must be quaternionic Kähler. It is known that such manifolds of restricted holonomy are difficult to generate explicitly. Projective superspace is a field-theoretic approach to construct general N = 2 supersymmetric nonlinear sigma-models, and hence to generate new hyperkähler and quaternionic Kähler metrics. Intended for a mixed audience consisting of both physicists and mathematicians, these lectures provide a pedagogical introduction to the projective-superspace approach.
|Journal||Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|