On odd Laplace operators

Khudaverdian, Hovhannes M. and Voronov, Theodore (2002) On odd Laplace operators. Letters in Mathematical Physics, 62 (2). pp. 127-142. ISSN 1573-0530

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Abstract We consider odd Laplace operators acting on densities of various weights on an odd Poisson (= Schouten) manifold M. We prove that the case of densities of weight 1/2 (half-densities) is distinguished by the existence of a unique odd Laplace operator depending only on a point of an 'orbit space' of volume forms. This includes earlier results for the odd symplectic case, where there is a canonical odd Laplacian on half-densities. The space of volume forms on M is partitioned into orbits by the action of a natural groupoid whose arrows correspond to the solutions of the quantum Batalin–Vilkovisky equations. We compare this situation with that of Riemannian and even Poisson manifolds. In particular, we show that the square of an odd Laplace operator is a Poisson vector field defining an analog of Weinstein's 'modular class'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: groupoids - half-densities - Laplacians - modular class - odd Poisson geometry - odd Laplace operators - quantum master equation
Subjects: MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 53 Differential geometry
MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 58 Global analysis, analysis on manifolds
MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 81 Quantum theory
Depositing User: Ms Lucy van Russelt
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 14:12
URI: http://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/487

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