Department of Physics Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-1988

Publication Source

Communications in Mathematical Physics

Volume

118

Issue

2

Start Page

289

Last Page

302

DOI

10.1007/BF01218581

Abstract

We give the elements of a theory of line bundles, their classification, and their connec-tions on super Riemann surfaces. There are several salient departures from the classicalcase. For example, the dimension of the Picard group is not constant, and there is nonatural hermitian form on Pic. Furthermore, the bundles with vanishing Chern numberaren’t necessarily flat, nor can every such bundle be represented by an antiholomorphicconnection on the trivial bundle. Nevertheless the latter representation is still useful ininvestigating questions of holomorphic factorization. We also define a subclass of all con-nections, those which are compatible with the superconformal structure. The compatibilityconditions turn out to be constraints on the curvature 2-form.

Comments

At the time of publication, author Philip C. Nelson was affiliated with Boston University. Currently, he is a faculty member in the Physics & Astronomy Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 01 May 2017

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