%0 eBook
%M Solr-EB000713418
%E Seifert, H.J.
%E Clarke, C.J.S.
%E Rosenblum, A.
%I Springer Netherlands
%D 1984
%C Dordrecht
%G English
%B Nato Science Series C:, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
%@ 9789400964464
%T Mathematical Aspects of Superspace
%U https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-6446-4?nosfx=y
%7 1st ed. 1984
%X Over the past five years, through a continually increasing wave of activity in the physics community, supergravity has come to be regarded as one of the most promising ways of unifying gravity with other particle interaction as a finite gauge theory to explain the spectrum of elementary particles. Concurrently im portant mathematical works on the arena of supergravity has taken place, starting with Kostant's theory of graded manifolds and continuing with Batchelor's work linking this with the superspace formalism. There remains, however, a gap between the mathematical and physical approaches expressed by such unanswered questions as, does there exist a superspace having all the properties that physicists require of it? Does it make sense to perform path integral in such a space? It is hoped that these proceedings will begin a dialogue between mathematicians and physicists on such questions as the plan of renormalisation in supergravity. The contributors to the proceedings consist both of mathe maticians and relativists who bring their experience in differen tial geometry, classical gravitation and algebra and also quantum field theorists specialized in supersymmetry and supergravity. One of the most important problems associated with super symmetry is its relationship to the elementary particle spectrum